Now, another minute of tape exists from Duke basketball’s secret scrimmage.
If forming conclusions solely by the lengths of the released highlights from the Duke basketball program and Villanova, the Blue Devils displayed more top plays than the Wildcats during their closed-door scrimmage in Washington, D.C., on Saturday afternoon. On the other hand, consider that Villanova might be more secretive about any weaponry it used against Duke.
Meanwhile, any conspiracy theorists out there could focus on the fact that Duke basketball released its highlights from the day on Saturday as Villanova waited a few days to release its own. With that in mind, folks may argue that the Wildcats had more time than the Blue Devils to doctor their film (for those readers who struggle in this department, humor is this paragraph’s only aim).
Either way, as of Monday, fans have two highlight packages to view from the untelevised event. And as one might expect, they are entirely different from one another.
Strong hints of Villanova and Duke basketball biases
Each version only shows its team getting buckets or making defensive stops throughout the multiple scrimmage sessions of varying lengths (again, as previously explained here at Ball Durham, the word on the street is Duke “won” the day).
In other words, the Blue Devils pretty much shoot 100 percent in the footage that they released and zero percent in the other, and vice versa for the Wildcats, of course.
So without further ado, here are the relatively brief highlights from the pro-Wildcat perspective, which the official Twitter account of Villanova basketball revealed to the world on Monday evening:
And then compare those to these more extensive highlights from a Dukie point of view, which came out on Saturday evening across the program’s various social media platforms (including on YouTube, which Villanova basketball must not use or something):
Finally, every individual has the right to decide on the winner and loser. Call it a tie. Or perhaps call it a win for both since each side had the chance to get a better look at its strengths and weaknesses against an actual opponent.
In the end, any win-loss outcome doesn’t much matter outside of arguments about bragging rights. After all, the real-deal regular season is still a couple of weeks away for both squads.