Krzyzewski said his ardent public support is done because he didn't feel like his back was covered.
Duke freshman forward Jabari Parker has been named first-team all-America by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Blue Demons use 3-pointers to top Blue Devils
Duke's season ends with first NCAA Tournament loss at Cameron Indoor Stadium since 1996
“DePaul is an excellent, excellent team,” Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said on the eve of the DePaul-Duke Monday, March 24 6:30 p.m. showdown at Cameron Indoor Stadium (ESPN2). “They’ve got a lot of weapons and they share the ball well. I feel very fortunate that we’ve had some games against similar teams. You look at North Carolina, you look at Georgia Tech, you look at Notre Dame, they’ve helped prepare us for this game.”
In light of its latest stunning postseason defeat, where does Duke go from here? The Blue Devils are coming off a 26-9 season that included their fewest wins and most losses since 2006-07, seven years ago. The face the losses to the NBA of Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood, but they also will welcome what is likely the nation's top recruiting class.
DUKE WOMEN DESTROY S.C. VISITORS IN NCAA TOURNAMENT OPENER
Maybe it’s not entirely accurate to say Duke doesn’t have any point guards.
“I guess we’re all point guards,” coach Joanne P. McCallie said.
The Blue Devils had 21 assists — their most in two months — in an 87-45 rout of Winthrop on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
McCallie has had to tweak her lineup after season-ending knee injuries to Chelsea Gray and Alexis Jones left Duke with no true point guards.
In this game, everyone got into the act: Six Blue Devils had multiple assists, led by Haley Peters with six and center Elizabeth Williams with four.
“We’ve gone from no point guards,” McCallie said, “to all point guards.”
Tricia Liston scored 20 points and freshman Oderah Chidom added a season-high 17 points for the second-seeded Blue Devils (28-6).
On combined 6 for 24 shooting, Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood who scored nearly 40 points per game all season produced just 20 for Duke on Friday and the third-seeded Blue Devils were knocked off by No. 14 seed Mercer 78-71 in the NCAA Tournament at PNC Arena.
Dunk City is long gone. Make way for the next bunch of bracket busters from the little-known Atlantic Sun Conference: Mercer. The 8,300-student school from Macon, Ga., delivered the biggest shocker in an already topsy-turvy NCAA tournament on Friday, going into Duke’s backyard and knocking off the No. 3 seed Blue Devils 78-71.
Duke (27-6), a second seed, opens against No. 15 seed Winthrop (24-8) Saturday, March 22 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in the opening round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament's Lincoln Regional (11 a.m., ESPN2). In the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader at Cameron, DePaul (27-6) meets Oklahoma (18-14) at 1:30 p.m.
Named Wayman Tisdale Award winner as nation's top freshman, Parker appreciates meaning thanks to Duke associate coach Jeff Capel
No. 8-ranked and third-seeded Duke know there's no automatic pass against the 14th-seeded Mercer Bears in their Midwest Regional game at PNC Arena Friday (12:15 p.m., WRAL).
Duke's 67-year-old Hall of Fame coach says he has no plans to step aside
NCAA TOURNAMENT PUTS PREMIUM ON PERIMETER PLAY
Heading into No. 8 Duke’s NCAA Tournament game with Mercer on Friday (12:15 p.m., WRAL), Blue Devil senior guard Tyler Thornton knows how things can be during the season’s most important games “We are going to rotate guys,” Thornton said. But at this time of the year if you are playing well coach is going to keep you on the floor. If a guy is doing something really well that’s helping the team, coach is going to keep you on the floor because we don’t get another day.”
Duke learned the harshest lesson of all about being denied another chance to play when Thornton was a sophomore. In the 2012 NCAA Tournament, 15th-seeded Lehigh upset the No. 2-seeded Blue Devils 75-70 at Greensboro Coliseum.
Thornton started that night, contributing seven points, six assists and only two turnovers in 33 minutes before fouling out. But Duke had more turnovers (13) than assists (12) that night. Defensively, Duke struggled to contain Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum, who scored 30 points while making 10 of 11 free throws.
Lehigh turned the ball over just eight times.
It didn’t matter that Duke had the superior athletes — starters Austin Rivers, Miles Plumlee, Mason Plumlee all became NBA first-round draft picks — and a Hall of Fame coach. Lehigh beat Duke on the perimeter and won the game.
That game is just one example of how important perimeter play is when NCAA Tournament time arrives.
Public criticism of officials fair game for all this season