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Champions defined with toughness

When it comes to picking the eventual champion, ask the tough questions first.

Updated: November 13, 2002, 2:09 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was trying to explain to a British reporter how tough it is to win a national championship in college basketball. Sitting in a spacious interview room at the Crystal Palace Sports Complex in suburban London in mid-October, Krzyzewski spelled out the need for experienced, veteran leaders to win the title.

Maryland had it last April. Duke the previous spring. Michigan State prior to the Blue Devils and Connecticut before the Spartans ... and on and on.

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