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A CBS Analyst Got Crushed For What He Said After Duke's Loss

Coach K isn't happy with a play.

DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 24: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils reacts against the Syracuse Orange during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 24, 2018 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Duke's men's basketball team probably had more NBA talent than any team in the country this season. The Blue Devils' season came to an end on Sunday night, though.

Coach K's team, the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region, lost to No. 1 seed Kansas in the Elite Eight.

There will be no Final Four for future top NBA Draft picks like Marvin Bagley and Wendell Carter, Jr.

Duke's loss prompted CBS analyst Jon Rothstein to tweet the following:

Unsurprisingly, Rothstein is getting criticized pretty harshly for this. The 2012 Kentucky and 2015 Duke teams both won the national title with several premier one-and-done players.

Rothstein will point out that both the 2012 Kentucky team and the 2015 Duke team both had upperclassmen that played key roles.

This Duke team had a pretty great upperclassmen in Grayson Allen, though. And the '12 Kentucky and '15 Duke teams are not winning a national title without their key freshmen.

The main point: The NCAA Tournament is often a crapshoot. Young teams lose earlier than some expected (like Kentucky and Duke) and older teams lose earlier than expected, too (like Michigan State and Virginia).

Saying you "can't" win with a particular class of players is almost surely going to be proven false.