Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Coach K: It’s not about freshmen


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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

Bill Self postgame interview vs. Duke

Bill Self postgame interview vs. Duke

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Podcast episode

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

Perry Ellis and Andrew Wiggins postgame interviews vs. Duke

Perry Ellis and Andrew Wiggins postgame interviews vs. Duke

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— Jabari Parker scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Duke in 33 minutes. On the opposite side, Andrew Wiggins went for 22 points and eight boards for Kansas University in 25 minutes.

Without a doubt, Dick Vitale’s diaper dandies had exceptional performances with ESPN’s Hall of Fame announcer in the house. Those performances were secondary in the big picture, according to Blue Devil coach Mike Krzyzewski.

“This wasn’t about those two kids. It was about Duke against Kansas,” Krzyzewski said after the Jayhawks’ 94-83 victory at the United Center in coach K’s hometown. “A lot of kids played well tonight.”

Of the 6-8 Chicago Simeon High graduate Parker, Krzyzewski said: “Two games in, he’s been sensational. Jabari did a great job. I like my guys. They are playing their butts off. We’re not going to make any trades.”

Amile Jefferson had 17 points, Rasheed Sulaimon 13, Rodney Hood 11 and Quinn Cook 10 for Duke.

“They are tough in the post. They’ve had strong low post play since Bill (Self) has been there,” Krzyzewski said. “They shot 80 percent from the foul line (27 of 35). We shot 50 percent (57.1, 16 of 28). They are going to score. We are going to score. We have to at least match them in the percentage.”

Notes: Former Duke players Carlos Boozer and Grant Hill attended as did former KU player Kirk Hinrich. ... KU is now 3-7 all-time against Duke. Self is 1-1 as KU coach versus the Devils.


Len Shaffer 8 years, 6 months ago

"KU is now 7-3 all-time against Duke."

Would that it were true, Gary; would that it were true. Sadly, KU is now 3-7 all-time against Duke, not 7-3. If KU were truly 7-3 against Duke, there would probably be at least one more national-championship banner hanging in Allen.

Robert Brown 8 years, 6 months ago

KU and Duke should play every year. I guess if the Champions Classic continues they will play every three years, but I would like for us to have an annual intersectional rivalry with another elite program. UNC is out. UK plays UNC every year. Duke would be perfect.

Doug Cramer 8 years, 6 months ago

Like the idea of playing another blue blood every year.

Agree...Carolina doesn't get the priveledge of playing us.

Cameron Cederlind 8 years, 6 months ago

I don't know, I've rather enjoyed ruining Ohio State and North Carolina's life the last 5 years, wouldn't mind sending Aaron Craft out with a bang this year.

Marc Frey 8 years, 6 months ago

Dukes been good since Coach K. UCLA would be the better 4th.

John Randall 8 years, 6 months ago

Better in what way? Since Wooden/Gilbert, UCLA has been at par with Jayhawks only about 1/3 of the time. Before K, Duke was at least relevant. The best four conferences are represented in the Champions' Classic.

Chandler James 8 years, 6 months ago

I love KU and hate Dook... But unfortunately Gary its the other way around.. KU is 3-7 vs Dook

Armen Kurdian 8 years, 6 months ago

If you added 2 more teams to the Classic, it would make the event unwieldly for television. Already saw how long things went yesterday for both games. It's great to be a part of it. UNC, OSU, and other teams will have their marquis matchups and tourneys as well; I would venture a few of those elites would play in teh preseason NIT whereas we might not so long as we're participating in the CC.

So KU & Duke have only played 10 times? 1986, 88 x 2, 91, 00, 03, 13, missing the other three off the top of my head.

Len Shaffer 8 years, 6 months ago

One of them was 1985, in the preseason NIT.

John Fitzgerald 8 years, 6 months ago

Judging by the amount of minutes played Parker scored .82 points a minute and Wiggins scored .89, nearly a point a minute. If he would have played 33 minutes and continued at the same rate he would have scored 29 points. It's not just about the total amount of points you score but how effective you are with the time you play. Great game Hawks! Now let's build on that win and prepare for the rest of our difficult schedule.

Erich Hartmann 8 years, 6 months ago

Great point, John...I noticed that Wiggins made-buckets/attempts was MORE efficient than Parker slightly. Which is just a statistical point...I personally also thought Jabari Parker was incredible...and truly could be the 'next' Lebron, since at age 18/19 he is 6'8 and 235lbs; surely by age 22 he could gain the 15lbs to be 250+ like LBJ...

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