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Quotes: Kansas 77, Duke 75
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 11/16/2016
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Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski
On tonight’s game:
"It was a heck of a game. They’re really good. Their backcourt – it’s a big time backcourt. Those two kids [Guards Frank Mason III and Devonte’ Graham] – just so solid and obviously Bill does a great job of coaching all those kids. They played defense hard. But, those two guards are terrific guards. I thought, they really knocked us back at the start of the second half for about ten minutes. It’s our first game, really, against that level and they knocked us back. And, to our guys’ credit, the last 8-10 minutes of the game, I thought we played really well. Really well against a really good team. An exciting ending because both teams are winners and the crowd [was] unbelievable at the Garden. One big shot, another big shot, big shot, and then a huge shot to win so, what do you expect from the Garden in something like this in November, in the middle of November. Mason made a big time play – was well guarded and just makes a big time play. Congratulations to them. I think we learned a lot from the game. Both teams were in foul trouble. For us, we just don’t have the number when we get into that foul trouble, but that’s the way it is. Anyway, a really good learning experience."

On playing against Kansas:
"They’re going to be one of the best teams in the country throughout the whole year – unless, God forbid, they have injury. So, to play that way when a couple of our veterans didn’t have good games tonight – and that’s because we played against a good team. Overall, it was really good for us."

On second half:
"I called a timeout after two minutes because we made three really bad defensive mistakes that were easy. And, so if you’re doing that on the defensive end, your offense isn’t going to run well. They played good defense, they’ve always been one of the best defensive teams. But, we can play good defense and we weren’t; we were stagnant on that end. We just weren’t very good for about ten minutes. We called a couple timeouts. Our faces weren’t good and then, all of a sudden, boom – we were good and then we were really good. Not enough."

On positive takeaways:
"The fact that we fought hard, that we played against a really good team, and then shake hands with them because they hit a big, big shot and played really hard. I like what [Guard] Luke Kennard did. I like the experience that Frank got. I actually thought [Forward] Chase [Jeter] - this is a big game for Chase. A couple times he didn’t finish, but I thought he played really hard and well. Again, he’s a young player. You learn a lot from playing at this level of game and that’s why this Champions Classic is so important for these four programs to be able to play in games like this."

Kansas Head Coach Bill Self
On senior guard Frank Mason III and the final play:
“Yeah that was quite a play we called, ‘just get out of his way.’ Yeah it’s good.  He’s made a lot of big plays for us.  I don’t know if he’s made game-winners, but he’s certainly made a lot of plays,  he put it into overtime  against Indiana too, I think with two seconds left.  He’s a stud.  He didn’t get any rhythm the first half, but second half he played a little bit smarter offensively and drove it downhill much better.”

On the play of freshman Josh Jackson (15 points):
“I thought Josh [Jackson] was great.  He was by far the best player in the game there to start the second half.  But the thing about him is, without being negative at all, he can’t let his emotions get the best of him and he’s a pretty emotional guy and he’s got to be able to contain that a little bit better.  If he hadn’t gotten the technical he wouldn’t have been in foul trouble for something silly: knocking the ball out of the guy’s hand for no reason.  But he’s a heck of a talent as you guys saw and he got a little bit of rhythm and certainly put us on his back for a period of time.”

On the play of freshman Udoka Azubuike (six points, 12 rebounds):
“I was really encouraged.  He’s as raw as there is and he’s actually got good touch shooting the ball, little jump hooks around the basket.  He really didn’t get a chance to show that tonight, but we’re not a great rebounding team by any stretch and he gets 12 in 15 minutes where our other bigs get seven in 30.  So I see, as he gets more and more comfortable, I certainly see his minutes going way up. He’s going to be as important as anyone on our team on how good we can be.”

On senior guard Frank Mason III:
"I think the NBA is missing the boat on him.  I think he doesn’t fit the eye test with length and standing height and that kind of stuff, but he’s got some things you can’t teach and intangibles that are as good as anybody in America probably possess."