Duke v. Notre Dame Post-Game Quotes

Coach K

The Blue Devils met the media following their loss to the Fighting Irish on Saturday afternoon.

Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski Quotes

Opening Statement…
?"That was a heck of a basketball game. I thought they handled the ball unbelievably well. Eric Atkins was superb and so was Pat Connaughton. We didn't play as well defensively, but they did play well offensively. I thought Jackson's three when it was 60-50 was a quick answer to our 10-point lead. I think that was the biggest shot of the game. If we get a stop, we could have gone up by 12. That was a huge shot. In the last three and a half minutes it looked like we were going to get blown out, but our kids played great. They put us in a position to win the game. We hit big free throws. They just made some big buckets. [Garrick] Sherman made that shot at the end. We had a defensive lapse on the backdoor to Connaughton, but still in that time I think we played winning basketball. Today it wasn't good enough."

On Rodney Hood's turnover at the end of the game…
?"We would have called a timeout, but he was matched up against a big guy. We weren't going to get a better possession than that. We were down by two, and you couldn't draw it up better. As soon as we saw that matchup, we knew we were going to get him the ball. That is how we won the Vermont game. He just didn't make the play. I am not faulting him. And I wouldn't take back what happened. It didn't turn out, but we are not going to get anything better than Rodney one on one where we have a shot to get two foul shots or a three point play."

On if Rodney Hood needed to execute better…
?"No, that is just a part of him learning. He got a little deep. He should have gone right at the defender. I am not faulting him at all. We win and we lose together. We never lose because of one kid. We lose together. I have never talked about a particular kid in a loss."

On what happened after they held a 10-point lead…
?"We just stopped playing the defense that we were playing. However, they are a good offensive team. They do not turn the ball over. They get a lot of touches. None of their guys are bad ball handlers, and they really value the ball well. They were able to finish possessions. The two kids that make that whole thing go are Atkins and Connaughton. They are just solid, strong, really good basketball players."

On his decision to leave Jabari Parker on the bench at the end of the game…
?"He wasn't playing well. For any kid who is not playing well, you should try to find a kid that is playing well. But that happens. Sometimes kids don't play well throughout the game. He just wasn't having a good game."

On how unusual it is to see Parker have a rough game…
?"Well, he is a human being. He didn't play well today. That is part of being a freshman. Hopefully he will recover quickly from that."

On struggling in the team's first true road game…
?"No, I don't think we lost because of being nervous or anything like that. We are a good team, but not a great team. We have to play well in order to win these games. We didn't play as well as they did collectively, but we still had a chance to win. The bottom line is that we just need to play better."


Duke Player Quotes

Rodney Hood • Sophomore • Forward

On the feel of the game today…
?"It felt different. They outplayed us. No excuse there. They outplayed us. When we needed a stop, we didn't get a stop. We had some balls go in and out, but I can name at least 10 plays where it was a breaking point and we didn't pull it off. We've got to be able to do that on the road. "

On letting the game slip away after the 10-point lead…
?"We were just an immature team today. They back-doored us, ran the shot clock down, made us defend long possessions. Then at the end, they got a layup. I was supposed to pull through for my team, but it just didn't happen today."

Quinn Cook • Junior • Guard

On Notre Dame's run down the stretch…
?"They are a veteran team. They made some big plays. [Pat] Connaughton made some crazy plays. Atkins was solid all night; he made some big plays. We let up when we were up by 10. We cut it to one, but then we couldn't get it back. They deserved it. They made some big-time plays at big-time moments."

On the extra emotion involved this week with Coach K…
?"Well it was also our first conference game, and starting 0-1 in conference play in this kind of conference is tough. But we can't dwell on it. We prepared well, but with everything that Coach is going through, we felt that this was a statement game for us and for him."

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