Has anyone seen Sabian? Duke tops West Virginia and heads to the Title Game on Monday

Posted by Andy Durham on April 4, 2010 at 3:37 pm under College | 2 Comments to Read

We have not seen or heard hide nor hare from Chris Sabian since North Carolina lost to Dayton in the NIT Championship game last Thursday night……Has anyone seen or heard from Chris? We need him to be at the Duke-Bulter game on Monday night so if you know of his whereabouts, please let us know. No, kidding, we fear he may have been kidnapped by KGB, the FBI, the FFA, the CIA or the NAIA…..

Tell us what you know in the comment box below…..

from www.theacc.com:

Top-Seeded Duke Routs West Virginia, 78-57

INDIANAPOLIS – They don’t call ’em the Devils for nothing.After a thorough squashing of one feel-good story, the Duke Blue Devils get to go after another.

Jon Scheyer scored 23 points Saturday night to lift Duke, the team so many folks love to hate, to a 78-57 victory over West Virginia and set up a meeting against tiny Butler in a classic matchup of big vs. little, with the national title on the line.

In a tournament turned upside down, the Blue Devils (34-5) were the only top seed to make it to the Final Four. The trip wasn’t totally predictable or expected. Duke had gone six long years since its last appearance and hasn’t been to the final since winning it all nine years ago — a veritable century by Tobacco Road standards.

But coach Mike Krzyzewski’s team is back after a wire-to-wire pullaway from West Virginia (31-7), coached by alum Bob Huggins, who led the Mountaineers on a 10-game winning streak that ended with a trip to the Final Four for the first time in 51 years, back in the Jerry West era.

Huggins returned to West Virginia to bring an elusive title back home to a state that loves its flagship school like few others. But any chance of that ended with 8:59 left, when the Mountaineers’ star, Da’Sean Butler, wrecked his left knee and, to add insult to injury, got called for a charge as he crumpled to the ground.

The sequence left him writhing in pain under the basket and his coach, the Huggy Bear, came out to the floor, first to yell at the refs, then to kneel down and tenderly cup the head of his star — the player who, more than anyone, made this run possible.

Butler, a 17-point-per-game scorer, finished with 10 points, and was held to a mere basket in the first half while the Blue Devils were building their lead to as many as 13. Wellington Smith led the Mountaineers with 12 points.

Duke stayed on a road that could lead to the school’s fourth championship despite the lack of a true superstar or an NBA lottery pick — no Christian Laettners or Shane Battiers or Grant Hills on this squad. Instead, this is a group of players who do what they do well and fill their roles perfectly.

Kyle Singler scored 21 points for the Blue Devils and Nolan Smith added 19 points and six assists, a pair of performances that, added to Scheyer’s, showed exactly how good Duke can be when everyone’s playing well on the same night.

Brian Zoubek, all 7-foot-1 of him, clogged up the middle, along with 6-10 brothers Mason and Miles Plumlee. Zoubek finished with 10 rebounds, five on the offensive glass.

  • amused said,

    Heard that dude was hiding out in a trailer in Pleasant Garden.

  • Andy said,

    Sabian is from Vermont and the word we received is that he got stuck in New York last week after the NIT tourney doing TV and radio shows, but he hopes to be on his way to Indianapolis for the NCAA final this evening.

    I don’t think you will see him back here at the site, since he told one of our associates that he is talking to more TV people about a show in the fall….

    Watch for him on ESPN or other similar sports channels after the game tonight and he may be wearing a Duke cap if the Devils win or possibly a Butler Bulldog t-shirt should Butler bring the title back home to where they already are from….

    Sabian knows people are talking and asking for him and he says that creates more chances for his new show to hit the set in the fall……

    Sabain says, he will not forget his fine friends in Greensboro and the surrounding areas……