After Oregon’s 82-68 dismantling of the Duke Blue Devils in Thursday’s Sweet 16 match up, Mike Krzyzewski had some harsh words for one of the Ducks’ players. He also had tried to discredit how well the Ducks played. However, there is a discrepancy of what was said during the handshake line.
According to USA Today, Dillon Brooks was “chastised” by the Hall of Fame coach for celebrating too much. Apparently, like the rest of the college basketball world, coach K had not seen the No. 1 seed Ducks this season.
Brooks led the Ducks with 22 points, six rebounds, and five assists. He was also a dominating personality on the court. That didn’t sit well with Coach K.
“He just told me that I’m too good of a player to be showing out at the end,” Brooks said after the game. “And he’s right. I’ve got to respect Duke.”
However, Krzyzewski had a different take at his postgame news conference.
“Yeah, I just congratulated him,” Krzyzewski said. “… I said, ‘You’re a terrific player.”
Yet, if you look at the scene right after the game, Coach K said a lot more than what he let on. Unfortunately for Duke, Brooks had the ball late in the game with the shot clock running out. He heaved a 30-footer under the directions of head coach Dana Altman, and the shot went in.
Apparently, teams aren’t allowed to score if the game is in hand. More importantly, Brooks should have taken a shot clock violation to spare their opponent’s feelings. Still, the contentious relationship may have started earlier in the game.
During one of Brooks’ four 3-point makes, he turned toward the Duke bench in celebration. Of course, Krzyzewski would take issue with that. Too bad he never took issue with Grayson Allen tripping players this season. Basically, coach K has an issue, and it’s being a sore loser.
That’s why it was no surprise when Allen blew off Brooks as the buzzer sounded. Brooks went to hug Allen after the game, but wanted nothing to do with it. Was he also upset about the final 3-point shot? If that’s the case, he’s wrong too.
Bret Strelow of the Fayetteville Observer, tweeted out a quote from Allen after his trip of Xavier Rathan-Mayes in the final seconds of a February game. Keep in mind, Allen made an illegal play, while having a 15-point lead.
“It’s just instinct,” Allen said. “If I see a loose ball bouncing around, I’m going to go dive for it. I can’t really shut it off, whether it’s 15 seconds into the game or 15 seconds left.”
He wasn’t going to apologize, and Coach K likes it that way. Certainly, there was no reason for Brooks to apologize to Duke after last night’s win. And they certainly don’t have curtail their emotions after earning their first Elite 8 since 2007. Keep doing you Brooks, even if it hurts Coach K’s feelings.