Mar 21, 2011
Coach K’s 900th Win Sends Duke To Sweet 16

CHARLOTTE — Needing a big-time win on a big-time stage, Duke relied on a series of subtleties to escape on Sunday.

After watching Michigan whittle a 15-point second-half lead to one point, Duke’s Kyrie Irving slid away from a Wolverine defender just enough to avoid a charging foul and bank in a shot with 30.9 seconds to play.

After Nolan Smith’s missed free throw left the Blue Devils up by two points, Ryan Kelly stopped Michigan guard Darius Morris’ drive just far enough away from the basket that his floating shot bounced out with two seconds left.

Those plays, in particular, decided an NCAA Tournament game that No. 3 Duke won 73-71 at Time Warner Cable Arena, giving Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski 900 career wins and allowing the Blue Devils’ championship quest to live on.

“It was a game that wasn’t lost, Krzyzewski said. It was won. They just played great and then we were able to make a couple of plays, one offensively and one defensively, to win.”

The historic win for Krzyzewski moves him within two of Bob Knight’s all-time record for men’s Division I head coaching victories (902). More importantly to Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils, it advances them to the tournament’s Sweet 16.

Duke (32-4), the West Region’s No. 1 seed, will play No. 5 seed Arizona Thursday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

To do so, the Blue Devils had to survive a game that reminded Krzyzewski very much of last season’s 61-59 win over Butler in the national championship game.

“You know, very similar, tough minded, (a) really, really good basketball team, Krzyzewski said of No. 8 seed Michigan (21-14). So I’m proud of our effort and obviously ecstatic that we’re moving on.”

Duke looked set for a comfortable afternoon when it led 58-43 with 10:51 to play. Smith had pushed the Devils to that lead with a personal 10-point run, not long after Krzyzewski had thrown his coat off during a timeout to implore his team to play with more energy.

When Smith sank two free throws at 6:23, Duke’s lead remained solid at 68-56.

“I didn’t want to take this Duke jersey off today, said Smith, the ACC player of the year who scored a game-high 24 points. It was as simple as that.”

But Michigan’s unusual 1-3-1 zone defensive alignment had already begun slowing the Blue Devils offense.

Duke only scored two points over the next five minutes as the Wolverines climbed closer.

“This has been a pretty common thread for us this year, Michigan coach John Beilein said. We’ve been able to come back because we play pretty sound defense and we can hit a couple 3s back to back and change a game.”

Three consecutive baskets by Michigan freshman Tim Hardaway, Jr., including a 3-pointer with 1:24 to play, trimmed the Duke lead to 70-69.

Duke’s Andre Dawkins missed a 3-pointer with 58.6 seconds left, but the long rebound was knocked out of bounds by Michigan.

That gave Duke a new 35-second shot clock, which Smith and Irving worked perfectly.

Smith drove the lane with the shot clock nearing 10 seconds. He passed the ball to his right, where Irving had a little space among the Michigan defenders.

Irving, who scored 11 points, adjusted his body ever so slightly, avoiding committing a charging foul, then kissed the ball off the glass to give Duke a 72-69 lead with 30.9 seconds left.

Considering Friday’s NCAA Tournament win over Hampton was Irving’s first game since injuring his right big toe on Dec. 4, the move impressed many.

“I think just as big a play as him making the shot was avoiding the charge, Dawkins said. A lot of people don’t notice that but I was thinking, ‘Please don’t run him over.’ He was able to stop on a dime and knock the bucket down. That was huge for us.”

It grew in importance when Morris drove the lane to score with 10 seconds left and cut Duke’s lead to 72-71.

Michigan fouled Smith following an in-bounds pass and the senior hit the first free throw for a 73-71 Blue Devils lead.

When Smith missed the second, Michigan — with no timeouts remaining — hustled the ball up the court.

Morris found space to begin a drive down the lane again, but the 6-10 Kelly cut his path. Morris pushed the ball toward the hoop from about 10 feet in front of the rim, but it bounced out.

“(Morris) had been playing pretty well and he got a pretty good clean look at it, Kelly said. I tried to step up and make a little bit of a distraction in front of him.”

Krzyzewski corrected Kelly’s assessment.

“A clean look would have been if we let him got to the basket, Krzyzewski said.

Instead, Kelly made a subtle play count. Many of his teammates did too, delivering Krzyzewski another milestone win and keeping the hope for second consecutive national championship alive.

Read more: The Herald-Sun – K s 900th win sends Duke to Sweet 16 Coach K’s 900th Win Sends Duke To Sweet 16

Durham Herald-Sun, Steve Wiseman

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CHARLOTTE — Needing a big-time win on a big-time stage, Duke relied on a series of subtleties to escape on Sunday. After watching Michigan whittle a 15-point second-half lead to one point, Duke’s Kyrie Irving slid away from a Wolverine defender just enough to avoid a charging foul and bank in a shot with 30.9 seconds to play. After Nolan Smith’s missed free throw left the Blue Devils up by two points, Ryan Kelly stopped Michigan guard Darius Morris’ drive just far enough away from the basket that his floating shot bounced out with two seconds left. Those plays, in particular, decided an NCAA Tournament game that No. 3 Duke won 73-71 at Time Warner Cable Arena, giving Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski 900 career wins and allowing the Blue Devils’ championship quest to live on. “It was a game that wasn’t lost, Krzyzewski said. It was won. They just played great and then we were able to make a couple of plays, one offensively and one defensively, to win.” The historic win for Krzyzewski moves him within two of Bob Knight’s all-time record for men’s Division I head coaching victories (902). More importantly to Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils, it advances them to the tournament’s Sweet 16. Duke (32-4), the West Region’s No. 1 seed, will play No. 5 seed Arizona Thursday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. To do so, the Blue Devils had to survive a game that reminded Krzyzewski very much of last season’s 61-59 win over Butler in the national championship game. “You know, very similar, tough minded, (a) really, really good basketball team, Krzyzewski said of No. 8 seed Michigan (21-14). So I’m proud of our effort and obviously ecstatic that we’re moving on.” Duke looked set for a comfortable afternoon when it led 58-43 with 10:51 to play. Smith had pushed the Devils to that lead with a personal 10-point run, not long after Krzyzewski had thrown his coat off during a timeout to implore his team to play with more energy. When Smith sank two free throws at 6:23, Duke’s lead remained solid at 68-56. “I didn’t want to take this Duke jersey off today, said Smith, the ACC player of the year who scored a game-high 24 points. It was as simple as that.” But Michigan’s unusual 1-3-1 zone defensive alignment had already begun slowing the Blue Devils offense. Duke only scored two points over the next five minutes as the Wolverines climbed closer. “This has been a pretty common thread for us this year, Michigan coach John Beilein said. We’ve been able to come back because we play pretty sound defense and we can hit a couple 3s back to back and change a game.” Three consecutive baskets by Michigan freshman Tim Hardaway, Jr., including a 3-pointer with 1:24 to play, trimmed the Duke lead to 70-69. Duke’s Andre Dawkins missed a 3-pointer with 58.6 seconds left, but the long rebound was knocked out of bounds by Michigan. That gave Duke a new 35-second shot clock, which Smith and Irving worked perfectly. Smith drove the lane with the shot clock nearing 10 seconds. He passed the ball to his right, where Irving had a little space among the Michigan defenders. Irving, who scored 11 points, adjusted his body ever so slightly, avoiding committing a charging foul, then kissed the ball off the glass to give Duke a 72-69 lead with 30.9 seconds left. Considering Friday’s NCAA Tournament win over Hampton was Irving’s first game since injuring his right big toe on Dec. 4, the move impressed many. “I think just as big a play as him making the shot was avoiding the charge, Dawkins said. A lot of people don’t notice that but I was thinking, ‘Please don’t run him over.’ He was able to stop on a dime and knock the bucket down. That was huge for us.” It grew in importance when Morris drove the lane to score with 10 seconds left and cut Duke’s lead to 72-71. Michigan fouled Smith following an in-bounds pass and the senior hit the first free throw for a 73-71 Blue Devils lead. When Smith missed the second, Michigan — with no timeouts remaining — hustled the ball up the court. Morris found space to begin a drive down the lane again, but the 6-10 Kelly cut his path. Morris pushed the ball toward the hoop from about 10 feet in front of the rim, but it bounced out. “(Morris) had been playing pretty well and he got a pretty good clean look at it, Kelly said. I tried to step up and make a little bit of a distraction in front of him.” Krzyzewski corrected Kelly’s assessment. “A clean look would have been if we let him got to the basket, ” Krzyzewski said. Instead, Kelly made a subtle play count. Many of his teammates did too, delivering Krzyzewski another milestone win and keeping the hope for second consecutive national championship alive.

Read more: The Herald-Sun – K s 900th win sends Duke to Sweet 16






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