The biggest story in this year’s March Madness tournament has without a doubt been Zion Williamson. He is a freakish athlete with many skill sets that have you glued to a television from start to finish. The only bad thing you can probably say about Zion is that he chooses to go to school at Duke University. Everyone who is a fan of college basketball that doesn’t support the Duke Blue Devils simply hates Duke with a passion. From the ESPN 30 for 30 episode “I Hate Christian Lattener” to Grayson Allen tripping every opponent night in and night out, it’s pretty well documented almost all non-Duke fans hate that university. This year though, the hatred for Duke doesn’t totally seem to be there across the country.
Sunday afternoon, I was sitting home taking in the UCF versus Duke game. When it comes to neither of my teams being on television as most do, I’m almost always hoping for the underdog to win. When Duke went down three points in the final seconds of that game, something in me really wanted Duke to comeback and advance. A year ago, I would’ve been the first to tell you that I hate Duke. Their fans are annoying and obnoxious, and it seems like their players are the same way. This year has been different though and it’s all because of the growing legend known as Zion Williamson. The kid had become a must watch athlete from day one and every time Duke is on, I feel obligated to see what he can do next. Duke did end up coming back and winning the game against UCF and once again thanks to the out of this world athleticism of Zion Williamson.
Zion is a very likeable player. He is wonderful in postgame press conferences and interviews and has the aura of a great kid. The way he plays the game just looks so fun and easy which makes him so enjoyable to watch. I know I am not alone when I say Zion has made the Blue Devils an amiable team (at least for this season). With all that being said, the hate of Duke over the years still remains in my heart. I would like to see Zion play all the way to the national championship game and then fall short. The school already won enough national championships for us to watch in one’s lifetime. I will be glued to the television and hopefully, all the way to see how Zion’s game accelerates the championship game.