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Coach K Talks With The Drive: “We Won’t Schedule Maryland…They Left And We Won’t Have A Relationship With Them”

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The Drive Tuesday 2-26-13 - Mike Krzyzewski, The winningest coach in the history of college basketball joined The Drive to talk  about the tough stretch of games that he has had recently, how the injury to to Ryan Kelly affected the chemistry the team had, and how the conference realignment is changing the rivalries in college sports.

We start off with the 24-3 head coach of the Duke Blue Devils by asking him how the scheduling can affect his teams performance.

“Well Its been a crazy month for us scheduling wise.  We played so many road games and so many 9 o’clock games are weird times.  We had a ten day stretch that we played    NC State, BC,  Carolina and Maryland that was amazing.  But all teams go through it and it was our time.  The 9 o’clock games kind of ruin the next day because especially if its on the road because you don’t get back until 3 in the morning and its tough to do things the next day.”

Ryan Kelly went out early in the season so we ask Coach K when he will be back and how important it is to get him back before the ACC Tournament?

“Its huge  and the earlier you can get him back the better but but its been almost 2 months.  But you don’t want to rush it now at the end because hes done a good job.  With Ryan and who knows if we’ll ever get the chemistry we had before he was injured.  We we’re right there we could’ve played with anybody.  I’m not saying we were this dominant team but we were 15-0.  We’ll see when we bring him if we have enough time to get develop that chemistry again.”

They also get into how conference re-alignment has literally changed the landscape of college sports and how he feels it will affect certain rivalries.

“The people that made the decision at Maryland weren’t part of the Maryland history it was kind of a hidden thing like a two or three person decision really.”

“But we won’t schedule Maryland. They left and so were not going to have a relationship with them.  We believe that the people who shook hands a number of years ago and said were gonna make the ACC this great conference.  We’ll lock arms with them and go forward with them.”

The third ranked Blue Devils handled Boston College on Sunday and will play Virginia Thursday and No.5 Miami on Saturday

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