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"Your phone calls and your tweets coming up a little while. But it is the month of March, and what better time of the year to talk college basketball and right now, so we reach out to our guest line, and we are pleased to be joined by ally. Herskowitz who is a writer covers college basketball for action network HQ you can follow him on Twitter at Eli Hershkovich is his Twitter handle. Hey, I really appreciate the time. Thanks for joining the program and good heavy aboard. Thanks serve me out. Jason talks in college ball. Yes. Certainly as I said great time to deal with the it's going to be written out here within two weeks or so so let's start off with the game though that happened earlier on Tuesday night because Duke got a game from a team, you wouldn't expect to give Duke a game as Duke survives at home against Wake Forest by one point seventy one seventy so. Using your expert opinion, and your Eli you cover the sport for a living. Is this a case of Duke? No sign Williamson. Hey, these things happen or they're bigger issues for Duke after this victory even with nine Williamson berry berry issues for Duke because you look at their defense and have a top ten it's defend to efficiency, and that opponents points per hundred possessions, the aren't giving up one of the highest two point scoring rates in college basketball. So we're up points points coming from they're coming from inside the arc in there. And they're giving up a ton of it at a really high efficiency Wake Forest tonight. Forty three percent from the field. But they rebounded the ball. Well, I'll be outrebounding do and the only at night turnovers. So when you piece a team that had that is big on the glass, if you're the blue devils and can shoot the ball which Wake Forest tonight for good. Interim the basketball over Duke is going to have problems whether Zion too is interrupted. Hey, Eli coach K says it probably for the ACC tournament. We'll see back, but the new school fought on this is should Zion even play because he's probably gonna be the number one overall pick I would expect in the NBA draft. So are you convinced that he's going to definitely come back for the ACC? Terminator the NC double A tournament rethink him and his camp might be a little hesitant because they don't want to risk further injury. I can see the hesitancy again, he's going to be the the first overall pick. Whether he comes back or not. So what's the point of play any colleges be the pro basketball savvy argument, but from the college side you a chance to win an ACC tournament title. You've a chance to win a national championship. And do definitely in that picture without without even though I just mentioned there fly. So from the college basketball side of it. I want to see Diane Williamson come back and play. I would expect them to because of the competitor aspect because he's under twenty year old twenty years old. You don't see guys have career any injuries? In college basketball. We're for Louisville back in the elite it actually playing Duke going back to three or four years ago. He when he when people Louis topped out on national television. That's the one exception per se, and there are some other exceptions as well. But it'd be ready for a guy to his God at pro basketball career is prospect a plane at the next level and the giant will play with the exception of it being done for his entire career, which expect to happen. So I do expect to return to the court opera. Do not at Cameron indoor. But in the ACC tournament and into the NCAA tournament mentioned Duke being a contender. I think everybody would agree on that at this point to seize the dukes a contender for the title. But when you look big picture here two weeks away from the start of the NC double A tournament. Do you see this as a year big ten year? There's a bunch of teams that could end up cutting down the nets and win the national championship or do you see this as a year? Where there are only a few teams that have a realistic chance of winning the title. No, I I mean, there are definitely some options all around. It's not just do and everybody else. It's everybody else, including Duke, one of the teams that I was really high. And this isn't like they're a top three or they're not a topic in college basketball, not going on at all. And what I'm saying? There's five thirty five to one to begin the season. I did a long long piece on this on the action network when they were thirty five to one teacher. I was looking at Tennessee. And you look at all the experience coming back this season with grant Williams, Admiral Scofield and company operating out bring it back seventy eight upperclassmen from all that from from that second round loss to Chicago last year, and you go back when I when I try to find future value in teams in the off season. You're looking at close losses where you're bringing it back the majority of your upper class because they have experience, and they were clearly Tennessee, I'm talking about was clearly talented enough to win that region, especially with Virginia going. Down in the first round and losing on that rattling shots going in the round of thirty two. And look what they're doing right now. Yes, they obviously lost in Rakyat. But you'll be talking. I it's without re Travis but this team is founded defensive intensity back. I mentioned just a defensive. They were in the fifties. Going back to a couple of weeks ago went once as she started the heat out for them. Now, they're back in the thirties. I they just beat Mississippi State last night. You're seeing the the with the big March it, so you're seeing grant Williams and Scofield pick it up on both ends of the floor to grant Williams himself and be assertive which Tennessee was lacking. Especially Kentucky loss on the road. And rob data. One of those teams that I'm working at Michigan state to is an interesting team because record will likely come back in big ten play. And I get John Williamson will likely do the national player of the year because I do think you will come back. And if he doesn't the argument starts to open up like cash. Winston is right there on the conversation. I know they lost it Indiana over the weekend. So you could say, well, they're they're they got exposed. That was also a must win deeper, Indiana. And from the from the batting perspective. You look for those sort of spots where Indiana's in Moskowitz situation against an elite team that they've already beaten out of the road. And now, they get him at home. So I kinda throw that out the window for Michigan state. They beat Nebraska last night and cash Cassius Winston is rolling and doing what he did on the road at Michigan. A couple of weeks back literally control the game apple to the four.."