Mike Krzyzewski and his Duke players went to the ACC Tournament on such an intense mission March 11-14 in Greensboro.HOUSTON, Texas — It took a while to come completely into focus, but now we know why
On the surface, there was not much pressure on the Blue Devils to do anything in that event. They had an NCAA bid and a high regional seed locked up long before regular season's end.
At Greensboro, no one would have blamed Duke for showing up, winning a game or two and turning in early to rest for an NCAA grind that was expected to be dominated by Kansas, Kentucky and the Big East Conference.
But Krzyzewski has been doing this coaching stuff long enough to understand that March is all about doing the things you don't have to do and maybe don't really want to do. It's about winning against quality opposition with your B-game. It's about entering the event in full psychological battle gear.
"We used Greensboro to get better," Krzyzewski said Sunday about the league tournament. "That was what we emphasized as a team, and we got better there."
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- Duke Basketball Database