Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Krzyzewski apologizes for lecturing Oregon's Brooks

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said he has apologized to Oregon coach Dana Altman for his postgame conversation with Dillon Brooks.

In a statement issued Saturday, Krzyzewski said "it is not my place to talk to another team's player" and he hoped he "did not create a distraction" for the top-seeded Ducks, who played Oklahoma on Saturday night in the West Region final.

Brooks hit a long 3-pointer with the shot clock expiring in the final seconds of the Ducks' 82-68 victory over Duke on Thursday night. In the handshake line, Krzyzewski had a prolonged discussion with the Oregon guard — and video of it immediately went viral.

In the statement, Krzyzewski said that chat "took the focus away from the terrific game that Dillon played."

The 69-year-old Hall of Fame coach also apologized for responding "incorrectly to a reporter's question about my comment to Dillon."

Brooks said in the locker room after the game that Krzyzewski told him, "I'm too good of a player to be showing (off) at the end."

FAMILIAR FOES: The day before North Carolina and Notre Dame were to meet for a berth in the Final Four, the talk around the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia was about a game played 15 days earlier.

That would have been the semifinals of the ACC tournament, a 78-47 victory for North Carolina over the Fighting Irish.

"I misplaced it," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said about the tape of that game. "Those are the ones that you burn, you don't go back to. But certainly you have to learn from it and we've talked about it a little bit in practice."

Since that loss, Notre Dame has become the comeback kids of the NCAA Tournament. The Fighting Irish have trailed in the second half of all three of their games, and two have come down to the final seconds.

"They're playing at a really high level right now. But I think we are as well," Notre Dame F Steve Vasturia said. "So especially with one day to get ready for them, we're so familiar with what they do and they know what we do. So I think mainly for us just going out there and focusing on what we do best and playing with nothing to lose and that should be good enough for us."

FATHERS AND SONS: Should Virginia win tonight against Syracuse, coach Tony Bennett and his dad, Dick, will join the Thompsons at Georgetown as the only father-son combination to lead teams to Final Fours, according to STATS. "I haven't really thought about that, a father and son both getting to coach in it," Tony Bennett said. "But if we're fortunate enough to get there, we'll have some good conversations."

RECORD PAYOUT: The ACC is guaranteed to earn a record payout of almost $40 million. ACC teams have gone 16-3 in the tournament. According to ESPN, the league will earn $39.9 million for its tournament success. Last year, it earned $32.8 million.

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