Duke routs Wake off the court


Psst. Did you hear? Wake Forest stunned No. 1 Duke last night on a last-second shot that is sure to be repeated on ESPN and local TV channels for days. (Not that the college newspaper wants you to know.)

There was no mention of this victory on the Web site for the Old Gold & Black, the student-run newspaper — only a story on how Virginia Tech defeated Wake, dated Jan. 22. There’s nothing on James Johnson’s shot. Nor anything that details how Duke is the third team in the Atlantic Coast Conference to lose its No. 1 ranking. In fact, nothing is posted about any sport event that happened after Jan. 22. No late-breaking stories. No blogs. Nothing. Just stories posted from print edition Volume 92, Issue 16.


Some college newspapers still don’t get it. The Internet is not a dumping ground for the print product. On Web pages, we need to break news, offer features, and discuss sports. At the very least, we should file stories on prominent late-night games like this one. Plus, the Old Gold & Black has no blog for Wake Forest basketball, one of the premiere programs in the country? Really? (Check out the Charlotte Observer’s coverage that includes slide shows and commentary.)

Fortunately, the Duke Chronicle gets it — even if they were ‘demonized’ last night. The Chronicle’s Tim Britton does a great job isolating a key play, focusing on trends within the game, and offering insight from both teams.

WINSTON-SALEM – With 2.6 seconds left Wednesday night at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, No. 1 Duke looked ready to exhale. A 20-7 run over 8:46, culminated by a Gerald Henderson pull-up jumper, had brought the Blue Devils back from a 13-point deficit and into a 68-68 tie, with overtime looming on the horizon.

Duke forgot one thing.

There were still 2.6 seconds left.

In addition, the Duke Chronicle offers sidebars that analyze both the game, and the final play. (And they also blog on the game.) Excellent.

Wake Forest may have held off the Blue Devils’ torrid rally at the end of the game on the basketball court, but they were routed off it. Here’s hoping they can kick it in for the rest of the season.

The newspaper updated its website Thursday afternoon.


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