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Coach K calls UNC most talented team in nation

Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:19 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2012 4:20 pm
 

By Jeff Goodman

College basketball is down and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski doesn't disagree. 

"The only thing that might change it is what the NBA does," Coach K said on SiriusXM's Inside College Basketball on Monday afternoon. "We're slaves to what the NBA does with the early-entry. If they ever put that in on a two-year basis, you'll see more dominant teams." 

Coach K knows this year's Duke team wouldn't be a Top 10 outfit five or 10 years ago. The Blue Devils are 19-4 overall and 6-2 in ACC play, which is still impressive, but that says as much about the national landscape as anything else. 

"This is not a juggernaut," K said about his current group. "We have a good team."

"The landscape of college basketball is that if you're old and a little more above the talent level of the so-called mid-majors," he added. "You've got a chance to win the whole thing. That wasn't the formula before." 

Krzyzewski knew, heading into the season, it wasn't going to be easy after losing veterans Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler and No. 1 overall pick Kyrie Irving. 

Everyone -- The Plumlee Brothers, Seth Curry, Andre Dawkins and Ryan Kelly - were all thrust into new roles. But as much as anything, K said that the lack of consistent effort and energy has been the primary cause for concern - along with consistency on the defensive end. 

He's also had a difficult time finding a high-level point guard on his team. The Seth Curry experiment didn't last, Tyler Thornton isn't quite up to par for what surrounds him and Quinn Cook is still a freshman who missed last season with a torn ACL. 

Now comes a matchup in Chapel Hill with North Carolina on Wednesday night, one that could determine whether the Blue Devils have any shot of winning the ACC regular-season title. 

"They're an offensive juggernaut," Krzyzewski said. "They have the best frontline is college basketball." 

That's a completely different debate (I'm siding with Kentucky on this one), but Coach K continued with another strong statement moments after touting Tyler Zeller as the potential ACC Player of the Year. 

"I think they are by far the most talented team in the country," he said. "Maybe not by far, but they are the most talented team -- especially offensively. And they've been playing together for two years. We'll have a tough game against them. Hopefully we'll play well, learn and have a chance to beat them at the end." 

Comments

Since: Aug 10, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:22 am
 

Coach K calls UNC most talented team in nation

The point is this, Dolphin. Our guys are tough and as Gary Parrish and Evan Daniels were saying two nights ago on twitter, no team in CBB this year could beat UK in a 7 game series. However, in 40 minutes, crazy things can happen, like that circus shot 3 that IU took at the end. No, we shouldn't have been in that position to lose, but Davis was in foul trouble (Which is almost never the case because his footwork is so good) and Terrence Jones was not contributing that game. What are ya gonna do. Forget about potential and all that. I know you won't understand the absurd potential of our young team until we crush everyone in the tournament. The point is right now, not even talking about potential, we have the biggest point differential in the country, we have more top 10 wins than pretty much everybody else, and everybody else except Cuse and Murray has either gotten crushed or has lost to multiple questionable teams. Our boys take care of business.

Just keep watching the season and pray we're not your 1 seed, Duke, because we would wax that behind by 20+.



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:42 am
 

Coach K calls UNC most talented team in nation

Really Popeye....Jealousy??? of UK? get real they havent won a title since when 1998...Duke has won 2 since then...Jealousy is getting on here and bashing a good coach cause your coach cant win the big one...not saying you but some of your UK posters...again it will all be vacated fairly soon...the fuse on that bomb is lit




Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:38 am
 

Coach K calls UNC most talented team in nation

Luck huh???...OK then...Florida St got "lucky" and beat Duke, Miami was lucky that duke went 0-6 in OT...UK was lucky to beat UNC....people cry luck...but Like Thomas Jefferson said "The harder I work the luckier I am"....isnt that the truth...Maybe Roy should have practiced guarding the 3 point line and his "luck" would have been better....hard work beats talent more often than not....



Since: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:02 am
 

Coach K calls UNC most talented team in nation

Glad to know someone knows what he talking about... Go Big Blue !



Since: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:23 am
 

Coach K calls UNC most talented team in nation

Are you licking Dukes boots now?  Looks like you are one of the stupid ACC think they know it all schools... Really now.  At least in Kentucky we have ladies worth looking at.  Not like your state.  Basketball and pretty ladies.... What more could you want...Ha Ha.



Since: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:20 am
 

Coach K calls UNC most talented team in nation

so Indiana got lucky on a last second shot at home...... Doesn't make them that greatest front court!  And quit being jealous of UK coach.  He has NEVER been repriminded for cheating.... Let it go... It only hurts YOU!



Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:17 am
 

Coach K calls UNC most talented team in nation

What happened to bigcheese.  Evidently a mouse came by and took a big bite.  More likely, he is hiding his face.  I would, too.



Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:15 am
 

Coach K calls UNC most talented team in nation

If yall handled "the best front court in the country"...what does that make Indiana? huh? I wonder? same piece shit stuff you say hold true for UK and its cheating ass coach


AW, jealously.  At least we didn't lose to Miami.  Oh, I didn't know they had a basketball team.  



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:10 am
 

Coach K calls UNC most talented team in nation

If yall handled "the best front court in the country"...what does that make Indiana? huh? I wonder? same piece shit stuff you say hold true for UK and its cheating ass coach



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:02 am
 

Coach K calls UNC most talented team in nation

again idiot backwoods hillbilly


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