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Quotes: Maryland 83, Duke 81
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/16/2013
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Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski
Opening Statement:
“That was a terrific game. Congratulations to Maryland. I thought the week of preparation they had for this game… they were fresh, they were determined and it was a tough team for us to play. In saying that, I thought our kids played like crazy. We had five guards out there a lot of the time. I actually thought Quinn [Cook]’s shot was in. For Rasheed [Sulaimon] to make those three free throws with that amount of pressure, and at different junctures when they got a 10 point lead… This has been an exhausting schedule for our team since NC State. We’re playing on fumes and I think you could tell that. Mason [Plumlee] looked exhausted the whole game. He’s been great. We’ll keep him, we believe in him, but that’s what happens. His teammates really did a great job. They showed so much heart to come back.  They had to win the game, we didn’t lose it. Our kids fought like crazy.”

On what adjustments they could have made:
“Tonight’s not about rotations or X’s and O’s. We don’t have any bigs. If Mason’s not playing, we’re just trying to survive. We’ve been trying to survive since Ryan [Murphy] went out and Mason’s carried us. Tonight, he wasn’t playing that well. Then you’re just trying to do whatever you can. Our team believes we can win. Our program believes it can win. I’ve got a bunch of winners in there, they don’t have positions. They’re just going to play their butts off and try to win a basketball game.”

On surviving adversity:
“I’m not going to single anyone out. There’s not strategy really in this. You’re trying to survive. You’re trying to get five guys out there to fight. There’s a lot of improvisation done in this game as a result of us not being able to do the normal things we’ve been doing. Our kids reacted well to them… I can’t ask any more from those kids and what they gave tonight. They put themselves in a position to win; they were just not able to win tonight.”

On what he thinks about the end of the Maryland/Duke rivalry:
“We don’t look at any rivalries; we look at each opponent the same. I’ve said that every time I’ve come here. I have a great deal of respect for Maryland. If it was such a rivalry they’d still be in the ACC. Obviously they don’t think it’s that important, or they wouldn’t be in the Big Ten. I respect their basketball program and the job their coaches have done and their players have done over the years. We’ve had some great games with them, but we have great games against a lot of people. A lot of people want to beat us, and they’re one of them.”

Duke Senior Mason Plumlee
On Maryland’s play:
“All their bigs played very well today. They made it difficult for us on both ends of the court. We weren’t able to execute”

On his play tonight:
“I don’t think it was so much [Maryland’s] defensive coverage—I just have to show up. I didn’t show up to play today and I let my teammates down. That’s not how I’ve played all season. I hope it doesn’t happen again. It’s all on me.”

Duke Senior Seth Curry
On the game’s final minutes:
“We were sharing the ball. We had a small lineup out there so we could move the ball. We also made some free throws that helped us get back into the game. It was hard to get in a rhythm though. The refs were calling a foul on every possession.

On all of the late fouls:
“It was frustrating. You just want to be able to play. Both teams played well the whole game, but the game changed when they called a foul and stopped play every possession. It wasn’t fun.”

Duke Sophomore Quinn Cook
On the team’s toughness:
“We fought hard in the last ten minutes. We had a lot of players who stepped up big with all our foul trouble. Tyler [Thornton], Rasheed [Sulaimon], and Seth [Curry] all stepped up and played well. When Mason [Plumlee] gets all of the defense’s attention, other guys have to step up. Coach got us back in the game, so we just have to get better.”

On the missed three-point shot at the buzzer:
“I thought it was in when I got it off. But, it went off the glass and bounced out. Coach drew up a great play, and we got a good look at the end.”