Duke basketball: Coach K explains how Blue Devils can get to Final Four

Former Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
Former Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) /

Mike Krzyzewski explained how the Duke basketball team can get to the Final Four. 

There is one man in college basketball who knows a little something about making it to the Final Four and Mike Krzyzewski gave his advice to the Duke basketball team on how to be one of the last teams standing.

Krzyzewski, a 5-time National Champion and 13 appearances in the Final Four, was a guest on The Brotherhood Podcast this week and explained what this team has to do in order to win another title.

“You have to stay healthy,” Coach K explained first on how Duke can advance to Phoenix in late March. “Not just physically but mentally.”

The Blue Devils seemed poised to make it to back-to-back Final Four’s last season after an incredible winning streak entering the NCAA Tournament but injuries came back to hurt Duke in its Round of 32 loss to Tennessee.

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“That means having an attitude where you don’t get caught up in your own attitude, but you get caught up in a collective attitude.”

Jon Scheyer returns four starters from last season — Jeremy Roach, Tyrese Proctor, Mark Mitchell, and Kyle Filipowski, while also bringing back several role players and a highly touted freshmen class.

“This team individually needs to compete against each other. Everybody is going to come after us,” Krzyzewski added.

Duke basketball already shouldering massive expectations

Duke was predictably ranked No. 2 in the Preseason Associated Press Top-25 Poll, only trailing the Kansas Jayhawks.

“There are high expectations for the team, but people have always come after Duke.”

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Most of the players have already embraced the high expectations in Durham and are expecting to deliver a National Championship back to Cameron Indoor Stadium.

“Make each other better. The best way to get better is to compete.”

Duke’s season begins on Monday, November 6 when the Blue Devils host Dartmouth (9:00p.m. ET).

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