Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks Upset #1 Duke Blue Devils
It's the upset heard round the country. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, coached by Kyle Keller, not ranked in the national men's basketball polls, went into Durham, North Carolina, onto the court of Cameron Indoor Stadium, and took down a basketball giant, and #1 ranked, Duke Blue Devils according to KLTV.
It took a layup by SFA's Nathan Bain with .01 left on the game clock in overtime to beat coach Mike Krzyewski's team 85-83.
How big is this upset? Stephen F. Austin snapped the Blue Devils 150-game home winning streak against nonconference opponents. SFA became the first non-ACC team to beat Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium since 2000 according to ESPN.
SFA were 27.5 point underdogs in this game, too.
Coach Keller told ESPN, "We've been battling the flu. We've actually practiced pretty terrible this week. I told my wife today, I said, I hope we continue to fight. Just next man up, like they talk about in the NFL."
Renowned coach Mike Krzyewski had this to say about SFA's play during the game, "We were not good and they made us that way. This is not about us not showing up. They played really well. Sometimes when I’m talking about what we didn’t do, I don’t want to disrespect their performance. Their performance was outstanding and they deserve their recognition for that. They did it to us. They made us look bad."
Krzyewski continued, "They were better. Bottom line. They were tougher than we were. They played with great poise. And we helped them. You can't give up 64 points in the paint. We don't even give up 64 points. And we gave up so many layups. You go 11-of-24 from the foul line in the second half, it's just a recipe to lose. So we weren't deserving of winning. That team was deserving of winning, and they won."
Congratulations to the Lumberjacks on their huge win.