The "Big Dance" rounds 64 and the 32…Durham, North Carolina.
"We got a great draw. We are traveling all the way across the country to Durham, North Carolina. There are some awesome fans down there and I am looking forward to playing some great tennis in front of some great people. We want to go down there and show the people of North Carolina what putting on the Blue and Orange is all about.
N.C. State is good and Duke obviously is great. Do they put the fear of God in me? No. They're great, but I think we're great, too."
May 3, 2006
On Saturday, May 13, at 1 p.m. at Ambler Stadium on the Duke University Campus, #26 Boise State plays #40 North Carolina State in the round of sixty-four.
If the Bronco's get by NC State they will play on Sunday, May 14, at 2 p.m. against fourth seed #5 Duke, in the round of thirty-two. There is no way Duke will lose to Winthrop, who lost to NAIA College of Santa Fe 2-5, the same Santa Fe team that lost to Central Florida 3-4, who lost to Western Michigan 2-5, who lost to Louisiana Lafayette 3-4, who lost to Boise State 0-4 in the 2006 Red Lion Classic.
Winthrop University (16-6), Rock Hill, South Carolina, is in the Big South Conference. They are unranked and field an All International team. They have no ranked players. The only 2006 common opponent with Boise State was William & Mary. Winthrop lost 1-6. Boise State won 5-2.
Let's look at NC State and Duke. Both are members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. In fact four of the tournament top seeds, and nine of the field of sixty-four are from the ACC. The seeds…Duke is number four, Virginia is number eight, Miami is number nine, and North Carolina is number eleven.
Let's look at NC State (20-10) first. They are well seasoned and experienced, and are led by #78 Nick Caladay who almost knocked off Clemson's #24 Clement Reix in the ACC tournament. How did NC State do against the other seeded ACC teams? Duke barely beat them 4-3. They lost to Miami 1-6, lost to Virginia 1-6, and lost to North Carolina 2-5.
Now Duke (20-6). First glance…real scary. They are led by six nationally ranked singles players, #5 Ludovic Walter, #9 (2005) Joey Atas, #46 Jonathan Stokke, #67 Peter Rodrigues, #111 Kiril Dimitrov, and #123 (2005) Stephan Amritaj.
Not to worry. Luke Shields and Thomas Schoeck have wins over three of Duke's big guns, Walter, Atas, and Stokke.
How did Duke do against the other seeded ACC teams? Three squeakers. They beat Virginia 4-3 then lost the rubber match 2-5. They beat North Carolina 4-3, and beat Miami 4-3.
Most interesting is Duke lost to UCLA and Pepperdine, winning only one point in both matches…the same as Boise State. They barely beat NC State 4-3. Boise State trounced NC State last year at the Blue-Gray tournament. Duke barely beat Notre Dame 4-3. Boise State had Notre Dame on the ropes but barely lost 3-4. Both teams have wins against Texas A&M, and Boise State beat number eleven seed North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA's last year.
Yeah, as Patton said, they don't put the fear of God into me. They're great. We're great too.