Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Coach K: Duke likely would have lost in OT
By Diamond Leung
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski made the call for Brian Zoubek to purposely miss his second free throw attempt rather than have him try to put the Blue Devils up by three with 3.6 seconds to go.
Butler's Gordon Hayward got the rebound and his halfcourt heave nearly won the national championship for the Bulldogs.
Today in an interview on the Dan Patrick Show, Krzyzewski defended his decision, explaining that given the situation, going into overtime was "not an alternative" for Duke since Zoubek and Lance Thomas were playing with four fouls.
"If it goes into overtime, it’s not a good situation for us with David and Goliath, and we’re playing an away game," Krzyzewski said. "We’re in foul trouble.
"I think we lose. Not the defeatist attitude, but we have a better chance of losing if that extreme happens and a better shot of winning if the extreme that occurred happened."
Krzyzewski said it wasn't an easy decision for him to make and one he had plenty of time to think through. He called playing for overtime "conservative" and instead went for the win.
"It turned out right," he said. "It turned out well. I don’t think you can say one is right and one is wrong. It’s always the thing that turns out well that turns out to be right."