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Just returned from player interviews following open practice. Coach K at the podium now. I'll post his thoughts here.
Follow me on twitter @MSUDanK
Opens with a few thoughts on Izzo:
"Tom is somebody I really admire. I admired him when he was an assistant because I didn’t know anyone could really be an assistant for Jud. I hope Jud takes that the right way … he’s done it the right way. He’s built a great program."
"Their guys play hard all the time and we play hard all the time. I think it’s gonna be a great game."
"This is a big time game and we're excited to be a part of that. We want to be in big time games."
Coach K asked about a specific matchup or MSU player that worries him:
"When you’re a head coach, you’re afraid of everything that might go wrong. It’s not just one guy, it’s things they do as a team. The three best things they do – They show up to play as one. That’s the very first thing. So you better show up to play as one. They play outstanding defense. And they rebound offensively better than anyone in the country."
Krzyzewski on Izzo's son picking Duke in his bracket:
"I hope he's right. ... By the way, his son will be sitting on our bench and has a scholarship to Duke."
Also said his granddaughter picked Montana to beat Duke in the national championship in her bracket.
I liked this:
Dan Kilbridge @MSUDanK 13m
Izzo on Gary Harris: "I saw him miss a couple shots (today). Must have been checking out a few of his old girlfriends in the stands."
Yeah, that was pretty funny. Also had a good one-liner about team hotels and needing to get a higher seed so they don't send you out to "tent city."
Working on a story now breaking down a few individual Duke players with MSU's thoughts on Curry, Kelly & Plumlee. Heading back to the hotel to check in after that and will have more for you once I'm there.
Good stuff Dan, thanks for posting.
(of the stadium scene and Harris' girlfriends)
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