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Mike Maniscalco

Coach K protects players from more than court rushers

Posted March 1, 2013

Mike Krzyzewski is absolutely right.

Security has to be better protecting teams when overzealous fans storm the floor after a big win.

Hard to think of another coach that has had a front row seat for the inevitable rush the court; in fact, it has happened to Duke four times this year. And after the Blue Devils 73-68 loss at Virginia, Mike Krzyzewski did something that great coaches can do – he made us look at an issue other than his team getting beat.

He's right. What would happen if he or one of his players or coaches got into a confrontation with a fan storming the floor? The story would be about how he or his team acted inappropriately. If you are human, can you take someone shoving you or getting in your face and shouting expletives before you act?

Addressing that topic in the postgame also points away from the fact that Duke came out flat against the Cavaliers, trailing 9-0 at the under-16 timeout, and did not have the lead for even a second at John Paul Jones arena. Coach K did give a ton of credit to the Cavaliers and how his team was outworked, but that is not the issue we are talking about today.

Mike Krzyzewski is absolutely right. Celebrating a big win is a huge part of college basketball, he even said it is “cool," but celebrating and berating the opponent are two different things. So instead of college hoops fans wondering how Joe Harris dropped 36 on the Blue Devils last night, we will be wondering what measures should be taken to ramp up safety measures for visiting teams.

No wondering today how ACC player of the year candidate Mason Plumlee only had five shots, or how Duke had 50 points from two players and only 18 from the other six who played.

Mike Krzyzewski is absolutely right. Everything he pointed out in his postgame was spot on. He also proved why he is one of the greatest of all time at his craft.

Coaches have to get their players to pay attention to the message and today every major talk show and columnist will be doing just that today. Debates will rage about how to better handle the storming of college basketball courts across this country, and nobody will wonder how Duke has lost four games in ACC play this year and might finish as low as fourth in the conference. 

The (Blue) devil is in the details, and the number one detail that we aren’t talking about today is how Duke was beaten by Virginia. By bringing up a concern that really only affects a handful of teams playing college basketball, he has taken the focus off his team losing.

By calling attention to the events in Charlottesville he might have protected his team from dealing with that mess in the future. What he did, for right now, takes the heat off of his players before playing Miami this weekend in what is Duke's biggest game this ACC season.

By doing that, intentional or not, Mike Krzyzewski is absolutely right.

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  • IB4DUKE Mar 4, 4:27 p.m.

    At least he kept his team on the court and did not do what Roy did at FSU last year!

    — Posted by tlesley4ncsu

    +1!

  • 45HEELSFAN45 Mar 2, 6:25 a.m.

    Twice now...K has tried to deflect attention away from his team losing. @MD..he constantly talked about Maryland leaving the conference and now court storming when his team loses to VA

    Man up K!!!!...unfortunately a rat can't do that...

  • sburks1906 Mar 1, 11:12 p.m.

    OH my goodness, would someone please restore some sanity here? I understand what Coach K was saying, but don't you think he came off as a big whiner?

  • dawgwillhunt Mar 1, 8:47 p.m.

    At least he kept his team on the court and did not do what Roy did at FSU last year!

    — Posted by tlesley4ncsu

    and he cried all day today....he is acting like a tarheel

  • sbest3 Mar 1, 5:42 p.m.

    I just saw a great video and the staff there protected the team clear as day. If something was said to Coach K and staff, they should just be the bigger man and head to the locker room. None of the players were even near the crowd. this is all a joke and Coach K being a baby about losing. Man up for god's sake. He is just trying to divert attention after they got beat.

  • tlesley4ncsu Mar 1, 5:32 p.m.

    At least he kept his team on the court and did not do what Roy did at FSU last year!

  • dukiedon45 Mar 1, 5:21 p.m.

    I think in the case of at least a few Virginia fans last night, there was a little more than the usual celebrating going on.Duke and Carolina have been in the middle of more court rush episodes than anyone in the country.It happens practically everytime they lose. So for coach K to speak out as he did indicates something different happened this time. Maybe there were a few Maryland fans in the gym.

  • lanecc Mar 1, 4:47 p.m.

    k should start with the dook fans. dook fans are almost on the court the entire... View More

    — Posted by 1993 Tarheel

    " . . .almost on the court . . ." Totally different. Chant all you want from the stands, even... View More

    — Posted by lanecc

    So was Roy wrong to remove his players from the court when he KNEW that the rush was coming like... View More

    — Posted by BeastOfTheHill

    Yes he was wrong to leave before the game was over. The issue here is whether more security is needed, not whether it was classless to leave before the game was over.

  • Tarheel7074 Mar 1, 4:30 p.m.

    Just wait until someone gets hurt and then we will see some action. This lends itself to a mob... View More

    — Posted by lanecc

    Agree with you...let's start with cleaning out and renovating Cameron IS so the students can't hit opposing players in the back and back of their head when standing on the court sideline trying to inbound the ball; also, let's make sure K tells the crazies not to berate and denigrate the other team and their parents and heritage like he and the media is compliaining that other venue teams do; and let's have K tell punks like Cook he can't yell obscenities like "You ain't sh** and your momma is a H** as he did in a recent televised game at cameron indoor. And lastly, the old adage: the apple never falls from from the tree" applies here, too. So perhaps K might want to look in the mirror and stop using the FBomb so freqently, especially when families have their young kids in close proximity to him so they hear what is said. Just sayin' for starters...........

  • tgriffin45 Mar 1, 4:28 p.m.

    Does he think Cameron is any different .............how do the Dookies treat visiting teams,,,,YA,,,,,,,,WITH NO REPSECT

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