North Carolina bathroom law helps knock Jeter and Duke from the NCAA Tournament

The second-seeded Blue Devils lost a virtual road game against South Carolina 88-81.

Maybe Mike Krzyzewski saw it coming when he denounced North Carolina’s controversial HB 2 law on Thursday.

“I’m very sad, very disappointed about the whole thing, which apparently is something that’s really, really hard to change,” said Krzyzewski. “It would be nice if our state got as smart and also would host not just basketball tournaments but concerts and other NCAA events. But maybe we’ll get there in the next century, I don’t know. We’ll see.”

Back in September, the NCAA pulled the plug on Greensboro, N.C. hosting a 2017 Regional moving it to Greenville, SC. Duke battled the gritty Gamecocks and a crowd of 15,791 that seemed to be 99-percent behind South Carolina.

Why did HB 2 become such an issue? Breitbart says:

The law reads, “Public agencies [and local boards of education] shall require every multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility to be designated for and only used by persons based on their biological sex.”

The interpretation for many?

The law changes the way people pursue claims of discrimination because of race, religion, color, national origin, biological sex or handicap in state courts. While the legislature amended HB2 to restore the rights of residents to sue on these grounds in state courts, it shortened the window for filing complaints from three years to one.

South Carolina trailed by seven at the half, but the crowd helped the Cocks get back into it and take the lead with a 27-14 run over the first eight minutes. Another 13-4 run pushed the USC lead to nine. Sindarius Thornwell had 24. Duke couldn’t contain 6-foot-9 sophomore Chris Silva, who scored 13 of his 17 in the second half and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Grayson Allen led Duke with 20, and freshman Frank Jackson and Jayson Tatum each had 15.

Chase Jeter, a sophomore from Bishop Gorman, did not play. Fighting a back injury and DNP’s, Jeter didn’t play in the final 19 games for Duke.

Photo courtesy N.Y. Times

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