Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Duke’s Krzyzewski on Kansas: ‘They’re really good’

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski congratulates Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) after the Jayhawks' 77-75 win.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski congratulates Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) after the Jayhawks' 77-75 win.


Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski had nothing but good things to say Tuesday night about the seventh-ranked Kansas squad that knocked his Blue Devils from the ranks of college basketball’s unbeaten.

“They’re going to be one of the best teams in the country throughout the whole year,” Krzyzewski said after KU’s 77-75 victory, decided by a game winner from Frank Mason with 1.8 seconds to play. “It was a heck of a game. They’re really good.”

Duke (2-1) is, as well, of course. And even though they won’t be the No. 1 ranked team in the polls next Monday, Coach K is hardly worried about where his team is headed from here. In fact, to get the result they got against one of college basketball’s top teams on this stage without the talented trio of freshmen big men who sat out because of injuries — in matching, dapper suits, no less — only made Krzyzewski believe stronger in what his team could accomplish this season.

“To play that way when a couple of our veterans didn’t have good games — and that’s because we played against a good team — overall, it was really good for us.”

As most KU opponents have done and will do throughout the season, Krzyzewski focused most on KU’s trio of Mason, Devonte’ Graham and freshman Josh Jackson.

“It’s a big time backcourt,” Krzyzewski said. “Those two kids (Mason and Graham), just so solid. And, obviously, (KU coach) Bill (Self) does a great job of coaching all those kids. They played defense hard. But, those two guards are terrific guards. I thought they really knocked us back at the start of the second half for about 10 minutes. And, to our guys’ credit, the last 8-10 minutes of the game, I thought we played really well, really well against a really good team.”

Krzyzewski also had nothing but good things to say about the way the Jayhawks (1-1) came away with Tuesday’s victory. It wasn’t lucky. It wasn’t sloppy. It was just one talented player making a play and the other team having to live with it.

“Huge shot to win,” Krzyzewski said. “What do you expect from the Garden in something like this, in November? Mason made a big time play. (He) was well guarded and just makes a big time play. Congratulations to them.... We fought hard, played against a really good team, and then (shook) hands with them because they hit a big, big shot and played really hard.

“You learn a lot from playing at this level of game and that’s why this Champions Classic is so important for these four programs, to be able to play in games like this.”

By the Numbers: Kansas 77, Duke 75

By the Numbers: Kansas 77, Duke 75

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Henry Joseph Hofmeister 6 years ago

I am sorry but I have been all Frank over G for player of the year. He has a wade look to him and gets it done. Graham may look fun but doesn't have the determination to take over a game. Frank had that every season. A point that sets the tone of the game. A sherron point. mario didn't have it until he left. sherron had it here.

Bryce Landon 6 years ago

If that's how you feel, don't be sorry for it.

Clarence Haynes 6 years ago

Duke vs Kansas in March would be another classic!

Ashwin Rao 6 years ago

Coach "K" is very classy! Deep respect for him!

Bryce Landon 6 years ago

The only time Ratface is worth listening to is after his team goes down in defeat, especially since no team in the country has the refs on its side more than Puke.

Michael Maris 6 years ago

Duke is good as well. How much better will they be once they get everyone healthy? They possibly could be scary good.

Suzi Marshall 6 years ago

Most of us figured (or hoped) the Hawks would go 1-1 with these first two games. Realistically, things could not have gone much better. Kansas really promoted our Jawhawk brand nationally with the two dramatic gritty games. Mason promoted himself as a serious POY candidate. The Garden was Jackson's coming out party and Azubuike showed all his promise with his incredible 12 board game. Now the guys can get down to work tightening up all those loose ends, which will make us a great team. We need to do it if we want to compete with Duke next time we play them because you know Duke will be great. UK looked plenty good earlier so that mid January game will be huge as well.

Bryce Landon 6 years ago

Most of us figured KU would go 1-1, but I think most of us expected to beat Indiana and lose to Duke, not the other way around.

Kent Richardson 6 years ago

We win by 2 and lose by 4. We are good.

We make our 3's and FT's along with manageable levels of fouls we could be really good.

Robert Brock 6 years ago

Good win for the Hawks! Watch out for Duke, though - the Devils will be one heck of a team when Tatum and Bolden are healthy. They may be cutting down the nets next Spring. It would be fun to lace 'me up and play for the NC!

Mick Allen 6 years ago

How about the number 1 recruit in the country Giles? I hear he's pretty good.

Bryce Landon 6 years ago

I love what you said in your first sentence. The rest of your sentence, talking up Puke as a national title contender, makes me want to puke.

Mike Greer 6 years ago

A healthy Frank Mason III is the most intrepid player on the Jayhawks and perhaps the most intrepid player in the country. He certainly deserves all the credit he gets.

Josh Jackson showed signs of why he was so highly rated coming into the season. He looked so much more comfortable than he did in the Arizona game, even with all the fouls and the frosh mistakes. Doak, wow, he's got a long way to go, but it's easy to see that with just a little experience this kid is going to be a difference maker. With only 15 minutes of playing time, and that's probably about all he can handle right now, he put on quite a display of his raw talent. Even when he was just running interference, his size influenced the flow of the game. Vick also put in some high quality minutes, a lot of minutes compared to last season. He looks like the early break out player so far. Svi put in some quality minutes as well and made some pinpoint passes. Overall, as bad as they looked for parts of the game, there were flashes of excellence and I'm encouraged by their performance.

Mallory Briggans 6 years ago

a win is a win is a win......and a great win at that.some will say kansas only won because Duke had 3 star players out .....which is fair to say......however had Duke won ...some would say they beat KU despite having 3 star players which would have damaged Kansas' credibilty had that happened...I will take it none the less Duke had only 5 Mcdonald all-americans on the floor of the 8 on the roster still was a satisfying win....

Gerry Butler 6 years ago

YA Saying they were with out their 3 studs makes it sound pretty simple - - and very very true, Duke no doubt will be much better with them, But we also will improve. If our 7 ft 285 lb beast develops any kind of offensive move or shot, which I think he will say by conference season - - - -LOOK THE HELL OUT the kid is an animal, and I'm thinking there may be even a possibility of him bein here for THREE years, would be nice., the whole team gonna be better. So they were with out their 3 freshman - - but on the other side, not very often your going to see KU go 2-16 from the three OR 9-19 from the free throw line both in the same game. We have no control of who plays. All we can do is play who is out there on the floor. ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

Ray Buckingham 6 years ago

March/April quality basketball in November. Gotta love sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat hoops before Thanksgiving. KU, Indiana, and Duke will be favorites to win their conferences, so you gotta be jacked to see the 'Hawks show up BIG in these games!

Danny Hernandez 6 years ago

This game makes Frank 2-0 against Duke! Not too shabby.

And I'll take Azu over Bolden whom scouts are not that high on despite his lofty ranking coming out of high school. We were in the mix early for Bolden until Azu committed IIRC and I'd much rather have Azu because should he develop like we're all hoping/dreaming, we could have our rim protector for 3 years, possibly a NPOY candidate a few years from now. Rock chalk!

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