Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski Denies Allegations of Overnight Practice

By Brian Swanson
Robert Mayer – USA TODAY Sports

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski was accused of having a practice in the wee hours following their 27-point loss to Miami on Jan. 23. The alleged practice, said to have been held at 1:30 a.m., would have been in violation of NCAA rules. The allegations spread from a story that Dan Patrick referred to on his nation radio show.

“”Am I allowed to tell people about what happened with Duke basketball? Now, we’re looking into this. The Duke charter landed in Durham at 12:42 in the morning. Practiced started at 1:30 a.m., finished up at 4:45 a.m. We’re being told by a couple of people who work there at Duke that Coach K was not pleased after being blown out by 27,” said Patrick.

 Coach Krzyzewski has publicly denied these claims of pre-dawn practice.

The NCAA’s rule states that there can be no practices between midnight and 5 o’clock a.m. The only exception to this rule is if the practice is initiated by players, and only players take part.

No. 1 Duke lost to No. 25 Miami by a final score of 90-63 without starting forward Ryan Kelly.

The difference in shooting between the competing teams was drastic. The Blue Devils went just 22-for-74 from the field while the Hurricanes went 33-for-58. Miami made 11 more shots while taking 16 less.

Those 11 more converted shots are credited for 27 points, as five of them were three pointers.

The final margin of victory: 27 points. The most accurate 3-point shooter on Duke: Ryan Kelly. The second most accurate field goal percentage out of Duke starters: Ryan Kelly. Conclusion: Duke needs Ryan Kelly.


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