Longtime Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski tipped his hat to Kansas on Sunday after coach Bill Self and the Jayhawks advanced past the Blue Devils and into the Final Four.
“I want to congratulate Kansas,” Krzyzewski told reporters following the game. “They’re superb — superbly coached and they’re as quick a team as we’ve played all year.”
Kansas needed overtime to defeat Duke in what was a wild 85-81 triumph — complete with a jump shot by Duke shooting guard Grayson Allen that narrowly missed giving the Blue Devils a buzzer-beating win. Kansas guard Malik Newman went on to score all 13 of the Jayhawks’ points in the extra period as the Jayhawks punched their ticket to San Antonio.
Krzyzewski, 71, has been at Duke since 1980. He has taken the Blue Devils to 12 Final Fours and 5 national titles during his 38-year tenure as the team’s coach. Even though Duke’s Elite Eight showdown Sunday in Omaha, Neb., didn’t go his way, add another contest to the list of instant classics that Coach K. has been associated.
Kansas, meanwhile, is headed back to the Final Four, looking to win a national title in the same building where the team’s last one came — none other than the Alamodome in San Antonio. The Jayhawks face Villanova in a battle of No. 1 seeds following the conclusion of the Michigan-Loyola-Chicago game on Saturday, March 31.