Coach K had his Duke Blue Devils playing some quality basketball on Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately for Duke, Florida State was just slightly better on this day.
In a game that went down to the wire, Florida State outlasted Duke to win 62-59 and advanced to the ACC Tournament Final against North Carolina.
However, this won't prove to be that devastating for Duke if they stick to the words of their legendary coach:
"When you are passionate, you always have your destination in sight and you are not distracted by obstacles. Because you love what you are pursuing, things like rejection and setbacks will not hinder you in your pursuit. You believe that nothing can stop you."
Although they were looking to avenge their most recent defeat at the hands of North Carolina, Duke is still in good position to make a run in the NCAA tournament.
While they would have liked to win another ACC crown and potentially earn a No. 1 seed, the Blue Devils will have the benefit of learning from Coach K heading into the tournament.
No team in America can match that advantage.
Coach K will not let his players rest on their laurels and be content with the successful regular season they had. He will almost assuredly be harder and tougher than at any other point this season to make sure his squad is fully prepared for their first-round matchup.
Another thing that many other teams in America don't have is the amount of talent on Duke's roster.
Duke boasts a well-rounded roster, with talented players in every position as well as a bench who can contribute when called upon.
Unlike the NBA, where a team can win with two star players, college basketball requires a team effort to reach the ultimate goal of a national championship.
Because of Coach K and great recruiting, Duke has always had players who work well within a team structure but also have the talent to win basketball games.
This roster is no different.
The Plumlee brothers offer size and experience in the post and Austin Rivers gives the Blue Devils star power.
With a balanced offensive attack and solid team defense, Duke will be a force to be reckoned with deep in the NCAA tourney.
Just two years removed for his third national championship Mike Krzyzewski will have his Blue Devils ready for another title run.
After all, a national championship trophy is a lot better than a ACC Championship title.
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