The great Krzyzewski works one of his greatest games

Master of all he surveys. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Master of all he surveys. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Master of all he surveys. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Indianapolis — “Coach Wooden,” Mike Krzyzewski said early Tuesday, “he’s on a separate level.” And that’s true: John Wooden still has twice as many NCAA titles as any other coach, and the only one who has half that many just won his fifth here Monday night.

But this is also true: Wooden won his 10 in a 12-year span at a time when only conference champs made the NCAA tournament and winning a national championship required four postseason victories, not six. Krzyzewski has taken his five over 24 years, which means he has been winning NCAA titles for more than a generation. And he’s as good now as he has ever been, which is to say he stands alone on Level 1A, just a hair behind the Wizard of Westwood.

The game Krzyzewski worked against Wisconsin was among his greatest, and that’s saying something. Duke trailed by nine points with 13 minutes remaining and had its best player, Jahlil Okafor, laden with fouls. (He would play only 22 minutes.) Unlike Kentucky’s John Calipari, who froze against Wisconsin just as Kentucky had taken the lead, Coach K took to conjuring on the fly.

He deployed freshman sub Grayson Allen, who averaged 4 points a game, and had him go one-on-five. (Think about that.) Allen scored Duke’s next eight points to make it a game again. Then freshman guard Tyus Jones carried the Blue Devils home. (He would score 23 points, 17 in the second half.) Dealt a losing hand, Krzyzewski came up trumps. That’s why he’s the best in the business.

Wisconsin had the stuff to beat unbeaten Kentucky, but it couldn’t hold off Duke, which starts three freshmen to the Wildcats’ two. In the end, Krzyzewski even one-upped Calipari as the master of one-and-done. Krzyzewski is playing three-dimensional chess while everyone else plays Go Fish.

Before the game, a man who works for the ACC said: “I shouldn’t get nervous because I always expect Mike to think of something.” Sure enough, Mike thought of something. He thought of a way to win his fifth NCAA championship, and there’s a very good chance it won’t be his last.

From myajc: Coach K works his magic and Duke wins again.

 

 

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Re Al A T
Re Al A T

Coach K is a peddler who takes the the North Carolina taxpayers money and squanders it on personal trophies.He could care less about a recruits education. He only is in the game for the prestige and fame for himself. A shameful character who represents what is wrong with college atheletics

LOGS1973
LOGS1973

Bradley appreciates the ACC as the premier basketball

conference they are, This is quite a feat looking through

SEC colored glasses. UGA dogs to the elite 8 per Mr. Bradley. LOL

SaulK
SaulK

K > wooden!  if K had all those stars, he'd have 15 titles by now!

Dooner46
Dooner46

Guess you think he had something to do with the way Wisconsin shot the ball?  Think Wisconsin is going to shoot the ball the way they did against Arizona and Kentucky every game.  They did not play their "A" game against Duke.

DigitalDaron Podcast
DigitalDaron Podcast

Mark. Good read.  Wooden was before our time so all I know from him is from others reference. In some ways Wooden seemed like Anti-Calipari (maybe because of era) but on the outside looking in they had 1 similarity.  Get all  of the best players and tell other schools to stop them.  As far as Coach K, he seems to be a true class act and deserving of the accolades he receives the best active ncaa coach (izzo is 2nd imo)

BravesFan79
BravesFan79

Makes me sick, the less deserving team won without doubt!    A team full of Seniors who werent 5 stars would of been a great story and change-up for college hoops, but instead its the same ol BS.  
Wisconson and Notre Dame were both better teams than KY/Duke this season.

DigitalDaron Podcast
DigitalDaron Podcast

@BravesFan79 Doesn't seem like Duke is less deserving than Badgers, they just don't "represent" what we think college athletics should be like Wisconsin/ND.  Your frustration is with the messengers (Coach Cal/K).  Right or wrong they are just going with the rules giving to them. The ultimate problem (Mark Cuban said this best) is that the NBA (with NCAA input) needs to "provide" a facility (NBDL/whatever) for 1&DONE/Fasttrack  players and allow more traditional players to go the college route. its a slippery slope but it can be worked out. As far as either of those teams being better than Kentucky I disagree.  Not a fan of no college team (well maybe Tech) but in a best of 7 series UK would beat both of them in 6.  http://www.digitaldaron.com

Dawg799
Dawg799

I agree the best team doesn't always win NCAA tourney

Dawg799
Dawg799

Congrats to Coach K for copying Calpari way with one and dones and winning a championship

MaybeMaybeNot
MaybeMaybeNot

@Dawg799 So should Coach K stop recruiting the top players since they will inevitably leave after one year?

Dawg799
Dawg799

No but nobody complains like they do when Calapari does it

JackClemens
JackClemens

Have you ever noticed there's not a single "sh," in his name, much less two? Or, that there's no "f," or "ph," either? I notice it every time I see Krzyzewski. Now, whenever I see any word I'm not sure of the pronunciation, I just say, "Shuh-shef-skee."

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

Mr. Basketball Mark Bradley is the best in the business.

irishmafia1457
irishmafia1457

And even better he does not recruit thugs like most other teams, you never hear of Duke players being arrested like so many other major programs, when he has a bad seed .i.e.Sulimon he makes them hit the road. Classy guy, see the West Pointer in him com thru time and again.

JeanLE
JeanLE

Congratulations to Coach K and the Blue Devils on an awesome, gritty victory!! Coach K is really the the MVP of this, he is without a doubt, the very best at what he does and deserves every accolade he gets and more!! Amazing game! Everyone grumbles about Duke b/c they are the BEST and do it the right way. Go Duke!

JeffCriswell
JeffCriswell

Grayson Allen saves that game, somehow. Badgers up by 9 and threatening to knock them out - Allen hits a 3 that changes the momentum. Dekker was almost a no-show - he looked nervous. And where was Koenig, after he started the 2nd half so strong? 

dirtybird33
dirtybird33

For all you complainers/haters, Duke has 8 kids on basketball scholarship. Think about that. 8. The right 8 but only 8. That's amazing..


I'm not a Duke fan but I admire the job that Coach K does. He is amazing. The Grayson Allen kid is the one who saved that game last night. With Duke in foul trouble, down by 9 points, and he scores 8 in a row. That changed the game. 


Not a bad Championship game in my opinion.

67Dawg
67Dawg

@dadofseven Not doubting Coach K's greatness, but you can count on one hand (and have fingers left over) the NCAA coaches that would not swap their 13 scholarships for Duke's 8.

GWJ0525
GWJ0525

Congrats to Duke on a nice win. Wisconsin was a bit more drained emotionally after the big win over Kentucky, and it seemed to show a bit, but the play of Duke's guards in the 2nd half was impressive. It was a fun game to watch.

SouthGeorgiaStrong
SouthGeorgiaStrong

Two's Company (Duke - Wisconsin) Three's a crowd sorry (Kentucky)

SportsTopFan
SportsTopFan

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S to the Duke Blue Devils and Coach Mike Krzyzewski for WINNING  the NCAA Championship  !!!


1, 2, 3, 4, 5, National  Collegiate Athletic Association  C H A M P I O N S H I P S  is incredible.


D U K E is truly the  T O P  team in College Basketball.


Coach K  is one of the elite college coaches of  All-Time.


CONGRATS also to the Wisconsin Badgers and Coach Ryan on a great season. Frank "The Tank"

and teammates thrilled fans all year.

odellgtpt
odellgtpt

Badger fan ( wife is an alum ) here. Yeah, the officiating was horrible on both sides. Whatever happened to the rationale that the player who initiates the contact get the foul called on them ? Time after time Duke players drove into Wisconsin players who had established position under the basket . They were standing with their arms up straight. Why is that not a charge ? That needs to be fixed for all games , IMO.

But beside that, I feel that Duke had more energy at the end . The Badgers were emotionally and physically spent .

And yeah , Ryan referred to " rent a players " . He meant all schools ( Kentucky , Louisville , Tech in the past ) who have one and done players, not specifically Duke.

DawgVoiceofReason
DawgVoiceofReason

@odellgtpt I agree completely about the officiating.  I watch a limited amount of college hoops and I NEVER understand how the refs call the games.  What appears to me to be an obvious offensive foul seldom gets called and the touch fouls that do get called amaze me.  I also don't get the cutoff for when a play is a continuation and should be a possible three point play.  It's just totally wacky to a casual fan.

Why do they NOT call intentional fouls when teams are OBVIOUSLY intentionally fouling at the ends of games???  It makes zero rational sense.  EVERY one watching knows the fouls are intentional; why don't the refs? If they called them, that would cut out all the deliberate fouling to end games;  there would no longer be any rational reason to do that.

NYCDAWGFAN
NYCDAWGFAN

@MarkBradleyAJC With all due respect I can't EVER put Coach K (who I deeply respect) ahead of the Dean. No how, no way. Their merits are nearly identical when you look at wins/losses etc. You could argue that Coach K now has more titles and then another could argue that Dean has coached far more hall or famers and has one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) coaching tree of all time. So I would I say that their coaching ability is about even.. BUT, the Dean literally changed the way the game was played. Acknowledging the passer and not one's self, 4 corners which led to the shot clock, etc... Coach K is a strong #3 all time.. But the Wizard of Westwood and the Dean are #1 and 2..... and for what it's worth, I hate that a great game was so marred by horrible officiating down the stretch. Wisconsin had their chances.. But they also have a legit argument about how things were called down the stretch.. I mean, damn, how do you STILL get a call wrong when you go to the replay? (that's not the only job Wisconsin got, just the most obvious).



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smellyfeet6
smellyfeet6

@NYCDAWGFAN I think your Carolina glasses are really foggy right now.  I have all the respect in the world for Dean Smith but he is in no way a better coach than Coach K.  At some point you have to factor in the 5 championships to his 2.  You just can't ignore that.  You kind of answered your own argument when you said he coached more hall of famers and has a better coaching tree.  If that's true, then why didn't he win more champinoships?  Based on that argument, you can say Coach K has gotten way more out of lesser talent (which I don't thinbk is true).  I know the hate for Duke is strong but give the man his due

TheFB
TheFB

@NYCDAWGFAN I agree with you regarding Dean Smith.  Think about this; 27 STRAIGHT seasons with 20 or more wins and 13 years straight in the Sweet 16.  That will never be matched.

NYCDAWGFAN
NYCDAWGFAN

@TheFB @NYCDAWGFAN Thanks FB, smellyfeet is a Dukie homer and that's obvious... First, The NCAA replaced the NIT as the premiere tourney around 1973-1975. Prior to that, the NIT champ was considered the best.. Thats a fact.. So go ahead and add another to your talley for the Dean. The 27 seasons FB mentioned are legendary. The changes to THE ACTUAL WAY THE GAME IS PLAYED are revolutionary. The rule book was literally changed because of the Dean. Any and every coach in history will tell you that winning it all takes a lot of things falling in your favor. I think coaching more hall of famers and the coaching tree PROVES my point.. Since smelly wants to go there lets add in the titles and success of the TREE of DEAN.. That would add a couple more NC's by Roy the minion. A NC from Larry Brown @ Kansas, who by the way, is the ONLY coach in history to win both an NBA and NCAA title.. Really smelly, don't let your Dukie stank glasses fool you. There was the wizard, the Dean, and then there is Coach K..FYI, The Dean won a gold medal WITH ONLY COLLEGE ATHLETES,  at a time when the rest of the world was using pro's. Smelly,go fact check PLEASE. I could go on, but I have work to do. Nuff' said. Congrats to Duke.


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PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@NYCDAWGFAN @TheFB 

"First, The NCAA replaced the NIT as the premiere tourney around 1973-1975. Prior to that, the NIT champ was considered the best."

No it didn't - more like around 1953.  By your count the UCLA team with Lew Alcindor that won 3 straight wasn't the best team

Best argument for Dean not winning more is that for a good part of his time at UNC only 1 team per conference went to the NCAA.   

TheFB
TheFB

@PaulinNH @NYCDAWGFAN Another stat that is pretty incredible.  Dean Smith did all the above and more with 96 percent of all student atheletes graduating.  


Enough about the argument; Congrats to Duke.  Well deserved Nat Championship and a Hall of Fame coach.  Back to work.

NYCDAWGFAN
NYCDAWGFAN

@PaulinNH @NYCDAWGFAN @TheFB  Me thnks you need to brush up on your NCAA history. Al Macguire and Marquette. Go take a look at how that influenced the view of both tourneys and the way they are seeded. As Bradley stated in the article, UCLA very well (and probably were) the best team in the land BUT, early on the NCAA tourney was secluded to only conference champs. And some champs (Marquette) declined the invite. These are facts buddy. Brush up and holler at me.



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NYCDAWGFAN
NYCDAWGFAN

@TheFB @PaulinNH @NYCDAWGFAN  FB, That 96% is one hell of a fact. The Dean NEVER changed his convictions.. EVER. He didn't recruit the one and done (in his era especially the latter portion of the mid 90's it would be the 2 and done). His players came back and graduated. He never changed at all. Meanwhile, Coach K has openly admitted that he has changed his stance and now recruits the one and done. Check the ESPN interview from a couple of weeks ago, he says it himself. You think William Avery, Cory Maggette, Jabari Parker, etc came back to finish?... Come on now.



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PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@NYCDAWGFAN @PaulinNH @TheFB 

Al McGuire and Marquette?  What the heck are you talking about?

For starters, Marquette wasn't even in a conference until 1989 - how could they have been champions of one?.  McGuire had been sitting next to Billy Packer at court side for about 10 years by the time they were in a conference

Marquette turned down ONE NCAA invitation because Al didn't like being sent to Fort Worth instead of Dayton.  He accepted invites before and after.

NYCDAWGFAN
NYCDAWGFAN

@PaulinNH @NYCDAWGFAN @TheFB I was hoping you would open that can... Thank you kindly.. Marquette was 1 ONE example.. Here's another, the 67-68 season. A young coach named Bobby Knight coached a young coach to be named Mike kR.. The Dukie.. They turned down the invite.. Here's another, in 62 Loyola, Miss State, Dayton, Houston, and St. Johns declined. Want another, ok, in the 50's both Bama and Kentucky declined. There are more but my point is proven... La Proxima.



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NYCDAWGFAN
NYCDAWGFAN

@NYCDAWGFAN @PaulinNH @TheFB @Paul, my point is, not until 75 did the NCAA invite "at large bids". I brought up Al because it was because of HIS team that won the NIT that the NCAA made the mandate of, if we choose you, you have to play in our tourney. Those are the points Im making..



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Wilbo
Wilbo

@NYCDAWGFAN You're out of your everliving mind to even suggest "Thuh Dean" should be listed ahead of Krizwicky! That ugly little man's 4 corners was the most unsportsman like act in college sports!


His name should be erased from all NCAA record books.


BTW, 11 Final Four appearances w only 2 wins.... The dude couldn't win when it counted! Better than Booby Cox, the worst ever at choking away championship opportunities, but not by much.


And, BTW, seriously Dean Smith was the butt-ugliest man in sports. I'm surprised the guy could look in a mirror w/o getting dizzy.

NYCDAWGFAN
NYCDAWGFAN

@Wilbo @NYCDAWGFAN WOW! Let's see, Wilbo is A. Ignorant of the history of the game B. An absolute fool C. In denial about his sexuality (who cares what a man looks like?) or D. All of the above.. I'm going with D. in a LAND SLIDE.. Check it out IDIOT.. Dean Smith PUSHED for the shot clock. He begged for it.. This is fact. When the powers denied him, 4 corners was created to force their hand. TRUTH and FACT. You are an imbecile. Coach K couldn't hold the Dean's jock on his best day. So you want to point at the amount of times that he made it to the final fours.. Take a look at Coach K's final four record.. It's not as sparkling as you thought is it.. Let's get to some numbers because your dumb a$$ can't argue that. Coach K arrived @ Duke in 1980 and the Dean retired in 97.. So lets look at the numbers of those years. BOTH coaches only had 2 NC's at that point.. So PUSH... Let's look at conference titles in that span.. UNC 8, Duke 5.. Advantage, Tar Heel... Let's look at conference tourney titles, UNC 6, Duke 4..  Advantage Tar Heel.. Here's the BIGGEST STAT... Head to Head.. Dean Smith OWNED Coach K to the tune of  24-14.. Watch your mouth you inbred clown and know facts before you say something.



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Bogan
Bogan

@PaulinNH @NYCDAWGFAN @TheFB I'm not aware of any UNC team that would have been a serious contender to win the NCAA Championship during the time when the ACC could send only one team to the Tourney.  So I don't buy your argument for why Dean "not winning more".  

NYCDAWGFAN
NYCDAWGFAN

@Bogan I am not aware of your ability to comprehend. At no point did I argue that Dean should have won more or whatever you are getting at. The point of my response to the article is why Coach K isn't the next best after the wizard. Obviously you didn't read the entire thread so I'll post a quote here 

"You could argue that Coach K now has more titles and then another could argue that Dean has coached far more hall or famers and has one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) coaching tree of all time. So I would I say that their coaching ability is about even.. BUT, the Dean literally changed the way the game was played. Acknowledging the passer and not one's self, 4 corners which led to the shot clock, etc..."

Changing the way the game is played is a feather in the cap that Coach K doesn't have. Sorry, truth is truth. That gives The Dean the edge. And that is one hell of a feather, my brim couldn't even hold it.

Read, comprehend, then reply. If you have nothing to informative to add, keep your mouth shut.

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GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

And he’s as good now as he has ever been, which is to say he stands alone on Level 1A, just a hair behind the Wizard of Westwood.


Eh, I dunno.   They lost to Mercer just last year and to Lehigh three years ago.   He's a great coach, no doubt, but let's not make him infallible.  

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

Coach K did coach a great game but Duke won because they executed down the stretch.  It helps when you have 3 one and dones on your roster

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@GeorgeStein 

Yep - You'd never see Coach K recruit guys who are only passing through on their way to the NBA.  Heck, he had 1 guy who played a whole 11 games

Cats7343883
Cats7343883

What are talking about he has 3 one and dones that won him a championship same as Calapari