Temple 78, Duke 73 January 4, 2011
Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski
Opening Statement I want to congratulate Dunph (Fran Dunphy) and his team.
I thought they played really hard. He's one of the best coaches in the United States,
and he has good, tough kids. They know how to play. They played with great
toughness, comraderie. They just outplayed us. They made big shots. Their
perimeter really controls the tempo of the game with such a veteran perimeter.
We obviously didn't play very well, but that doesn't take away from how well
they played. They played really well. For some reason, we didn't show up with
the enthusiasm and the toughness that we usually display. And maybe that has to
do with the fact that we knew we were playing such a mature, well-coached team.
How did you expect Temple to play down by two starters They haven't had those guys for a while, right? So we
expected them to approach us like the team that they have been since they lost
those guys. (Scootie) Randall hasn't played the whole season, and the other kid
(Micheal Eric) played the first four games. So they've had their period of
adjustment. So they know who they are. It's not like a team that just had two
injuries. We saw what we expected to see.
On your defense ... was tonight's result from your team's
play or Temple's I think a combination. It's always a combination. One is
they're well-schooled. Look, I don't think we played very well. I'm
disappointed in our performance, but that's not going to be what I am going to
talk about, because I thought they played really well. So it's more on them
playing well. In order to beat a team that's playing well, you have to play
really well. And we didn't show up to do that. They played very, very well.
Temple played with a lot of belief Well, they should. They've won the Atlantic 10 three out
of the last four years. We're playing a team that's ... it's not a team we're playing,
we're playing a program. Temple's always had a program with John (Chaney) and
now with Dunph. You're playing a tradition here. You're not playing a singular
team. It always had good kids with John and with Dunph who bought into that
tradition. Temple has one of the rich traditions of college basketball, and
Dunph has continued to do that. So they're going to get good kids that believe
they can win, and they do win.
Did you see a night like this coming for your team? Come on (laughter). If I saw it coming, I would have
faked an illness (more laughter) instead of getting ill during the game.
Whenever that happens, to me, the other team has the most to do with it. And
congratulations to them. It's an honor for us to play against this university
and that coach and his team.
What will you take out of this?
We take a very bitter loss. That's what we take out of
On the play of Khalif Wyatt while rattling Juan Fernandez
I don't know if we had them rattled. I thought he
(Fernandez) played well, too. But Wyatt ... just believes in himself and you love
that about a kid.
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