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ESPN's Dick Vitale Reacts To Duke's Surprising Blowout Loss

Dick Vitale attending a Duke college basketball game.

DURHAM, NC - MARCH 03: ESPN basketball analyst Dick Vitale reports from the sidelines before the Duke Blue Devils against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 3, 2012 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

If you needed any further evidence that the 2020 NCAA Tournament should be crazy, look no further than Duke's latest game. The Blue Devils are currently coming off a stunning blowout loss to NC State, snapping a seven-game winning streak and setting them half a game behind Louisville in the ACC standings. ESPN basketball analyst Dick Vitale saw the 88-66 loss go down and gave his reaction late last night.

Taking to Twitter, Dickie V appeared stunned that Duke could lose by 22 points. He conceded that NC State had the home advantage and their win shouldn't have been overly shocking. But it was the way in which Duke lost that was really a shock.

The Wolfpack outscored the Blue Devils 44-29 in the first half. While NC State had three different players go over 20 points in the game, Duke had just two that went over seven points.

Freshman sensation Vernon Carey Jr. led the way with a 27-point, 12-rebound double-double in the losing effort. Sophomore guard Tre Jones had 17 points, nine rebounds, and a team-leading four assists.

The loss dropped Duke to 22-4 overall and 12-3 in the ACC. They're tied with Florida State for second place behind Louisville, but will probably see their AP ranking fall next week (even if they beat Virginia Tech on Saturday).

Fortunately for Coach K and his Blue Devils, three of their last five games will come against ACC teams with losing records in conference play. If they handle their business, they'll storm into the ACC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament with a ton of momentum.

Should we be concerned about Duke heading into the final weeks of the season?