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Duke's passion criticized after upset loss

Codi Miller-McIntyre soars in for a dunk on his way to 13 points in Wake Forest’s upset of Duke.

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Codi Miller-McIntyre soars in for a dunk on his way to 13 points in Wake Forest’s upset of Duke.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Mike Krzyzewski might have poured too much emotion into No. 4 Duke's trip to Wake Forest.

The rest of the Blue Devils didn't seem to have enough.

The Demon Deacons upset Duke 82-72 Wednesday night, and Coach K felt enough dizziness and light-headedness to force him to kneel during a late timeout and skip his postgame news conference.

Associate head coach Steve Wojciechowski — who filled in for him — said Krzyzewski has not been sick, is in good shape and expects to make a full recovery.

"There was a great emotional investment in the game," Wojciechowski said, "and I think maybe the emotion got the better of him."

The rest of the team might not have had that problem.

Duke (23-7, 12-5 ACC) was playing for the first time in more than a week — after going 4-1 in an 11-day span before that — and Wojciechowski said the Blue Devils simply weren't prepared emotionally.

After taking a late seven-point lead, Duke went without a field goal for five critical minutes while allowing the Demon Deacons (16-14, 6-11) to reel off 17 straight points and go up by double figures.

"I'm not sure that … we were as prepared from an emotional standpoint," Wojciechowski said. "I don't know if our guys had the needed edge to compete against a Wake Forest team that played their hearts out."

Tyler Cavanaugh scored a career-high 20, Travis McKie added 19 in his final scheduled home game and Codi Miller-McIntyre had 13 for the Demon Deacons.

They followed one of their worst performances of the season — a home loss to sub-.500 Boston College — with one of their best. Their first win over Duke since 2009 also marked their biggest upset since they knocked off No. 2 Miami in February 2013.

"I couldn't picture a better ending," McKie said. "Everything was just perfect. The fans were perfect. Me, being my last (home) game, everything we did was great."

Jabari Parker scored 19 and Rodney Hood 16 for the Blue Devils, who missed six straight shots down the stretch and made just 6 of 27 3-pointers while falling to 4-5 in ACC road games.

NO. 8 KANSAS 82, TEXAS TECH 57: Tarik Black scored 19 on 9-of-9 shooting from the field in his final game at Allen Fieldhouse, and the host Jayhawks (23-7, 14-3 Big 12) managed just fine without injured center Joel Embiid.

NO. 9 WIS. 76, PURDUE 70: Frank Kaminsky scored 22 and made 4 of 5 3-pointers as the Badgers (25-5, 12-5 Big Ten) won their eighth straight in their home finale.

NO. 11 L'VILLE 84, NO. 18 SMU 71: Russ Smith scored 22 of his 26 after halftime, including six 3-pointers, and the Cardinals (25-5, 14-3 American Athletic) became the first visitor to win at the Mustangs' renovated home. SMU (23-7, 12-5) and coach Larry Brown lost for the first time in 10 games since moving back into their campus home in January.

DAYTON 72, NO. 17 ST. LOUIS 67: Reserve Jalen Robinson scored all his 10 in the second half and hit two key 3s in a put-away run for the visiting Flyers, who handed the Billikens (25-5, 12-3 Atlantic 10) their third straight loss.

NO. 19 UCONN 69, RUTGERS 63: Shabazz Napier scored 26 in his final home game and made a career-high seven 3-pointers for the Huskies (24-6, 12-5 American Athletic), who have won three in a row.

NO. 21 NEW MEXICO 80, AIR FORCE 52: Seniors Cameron Bairstow and Kendall Williams combined for 34 points in their home finale for the Lobos (24-5, 15-2 Mountain West).

NO. 23 OKLA. 72, W. VA. 62: Cameron Clark had 19 points and 10 rebounds in his final home game for the Sooners (22-8, 11-6 Big 12).

NEBRASKA 70, INDIANA 60: Walter Pitchford and Shavon Shields scored 17 each for the Cornhuskers (18-11, 10-7 Big Ten), who held off a second-half rally by the Hoosiers (17-13, 7-10) to win for the seventh time in eight games and the first time in six tries in Bloomington.

SSC TOURNAMENT: Josh Snodgrass scored a career-high 27 as seventh-seeded Eckerd beat No. 4 Barry 83-73 in the first round of the Sunshine State Conference tournament in Kissimmee. The Tritons (16-13) face No. 6 Nova Southeastern at 5 Friday. Today, No. 2 Saint Leo plays No. 9 Lynn at noon, and No. 3 Tampa plays No. 8 Florida Tech at 5.

MINNESOTA: Junior Oto Osenieks will end his playing career a year early. The university will seek an NCAA medical waiver to keep his scholarship from counting against the 13-player limit next season. The Latvia native wants to pursue a coaching career and will help with the team's day-to-day operations next season.


NO. 22 MTSU 64, TULANE 52: Ebony Rowe had 24 points and 14 rebounds for the visiting Blue Raiders (26-4, 15-1 C-USA), who gave coach Rick Insell his 1,000th career win with their seventh straight victory.

SEC TOURNAMENT: No. 13 seed Mississippi State beat Missouri 73-70 in the first round in Duluth, Ga., and faces No. 5 Florida at 2:30 today.

SUMMITT AWARD: The national coach of the year award has been named in honor of former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, 61, who retired in April 2012 with 1,098 wins and eight national titles.

Duke's passion criticized after upset loss 03/05/14 [Last modified: Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:12am]
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