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Christian Laettner tweets ‘This type of crap didn’t happen from ’89-'92'’ following Duke’s loss to Mercer


They may have been wearing uniforms reminiscent of Duke’s glory days in the early 1990s, but the Blue Devils did not yield the same results on Friday afternoon as No. 14 seed Mercer handed No. 3 seed Duke an early NCAA tournament exit; the second time in four years Duke lost its first tournament game.

With four different channels, apps and Twitter it wasn’t hard to keep up with the game. However, Duke legend Christian Laettner was on a flight during the 12:15 p.m. tip. When he got word of the upset, he, like the rest of the nation, was stunned.

. What the heck happened? I was on a flight!! #sayitaintso

— Christian Laettner (@laettnerbball) March 21, 2014

Despite not watching a minute of action, he was still able to diagnose Duke’s problem.

. Without even seeing the game, I can guess they were shootin too many 3’s, correct? #attacktherimforlayups+dunks

— Christian Laettner (@laettnerbball) March 21, 2014

On Friday, 37 of Duke’s 62 shots were from beyond the 3-point line. To the Blue Devils’ credit, they hit 15 of them. However, only two of those treys came from Rodney Hood (2-for-5) while Jabari Parker missed all three of his attempts from behind the arc. The two leading scorers combined for 20 points of 6-of-24 shooting.

Mercer forced Duke to shoot, which the Blue Devils did, settling with jumpers rather than getting the ball inside or getting Parker touches in the post.

Laettner wasn’t done with his Twitter rant, he left the Duke’s fan base with this message:

. Oh and learn! But I will say this....this type of crap didn’t happen from ’89-'92!! #dukedynasty89-92

— Christian Laettner (@laettnerbball) March 21, 2014

Duke ended the year with two consecutive losses in a 26-9 season. Mercer advances to the Round of 32 to play No. 11 seed Tennessee, which won its second game in 48 hours in a lopsided win over No. 6 seed UMass.

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