The Duke Blue Devils tore through the ACC tournament, winning four games in four days to become champions of the nation's toughest conference. They seemed to be a lock for a final four spot in Phoenix.
Yet, here we are with just 16 teams left vying for a title, and it seems arch-rival North Carolina has gotten the last laugh...
UNC looking for the other ACC schools in the sweet 16... pic.twitter.com/Gg2Mm6Rbmu-- Mark Taylor (@MarkusT81) March 20, 2017
Duke's 88-81 loss to the seventh seeded South Carolina Gamecocks on Sunday night was something more people should've saw coming. The game was being played in Greeneville, SC making it practically a road contest for the Blue Devils. They struggled with the crowd noise on college basketball's biggest stage for most of the night.
Also, this is not the first time Duke has been knocked out of the tournament in the early stages. The Blue Devils are actually very vulnerable to upsets in March.
In 2012 and 2014, Duke was stunned by underdogs in Lehigh and Mercer. Both of these upsets came in the first round. However, for many college basketball followers the Blue Devils were too irresistible to pass up on. The reaction by most after the game...
Everyone's bracket after Duke lost. pic.twitter.com/AXc8cAgJCA-- Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 20, 2017
The trolling didn't stop there. Social media decided to have a field day because of the Blue Devils blunder.
When you're in the Sweet 16 and Duke is going home. pic.twitter.com/oRrGWMhdA2-- Tar Heel Blog (@tarheelblog) March 20, 2017
If your bracket happens to be busted because of this, I wouldn't sweat it. After all, the best part about March is the unpredictability. There is simply not a better script that could be written for such a hectic tournament. This time of year is magical and the games are just heating up.