Give The Nod To Duke And Derek

Pulling more for Derek than Nolan? A confusing mix of emotions.

The sentimental favorite is Duke in this year’s NCAA basketball tournament, at least for one observer. A couple of reasons, actually.

First, there’s Nolan Smith, the son of Derek Smith, an all-time University of Louisville favorite. Yeah, we hate it that Nolan didn’t pick U of L. Defies logic a son saying he doesn’t want to play in his father’s shadow. Something strange about that. Still, one wants to honor the memory of Derek.

Second, Duke is the team University of Kentucky fans would least like to win an NCAA title after Louisville. A fourth national championship for Duke would be seen as a clear threat to UK’s self-proclaimed preeminence in college basketball.