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Mike Krzyzewski Illness: Latest on Duke Coach's Status and Return

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Virginia Tech in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 2, 2016

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski is sick and will not coach Tuesday night when the Blue Devils square off against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta. 

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Krzyzewski's Illness Not Considered Serious 

Tuesday, Feb. 2

ESPN's Mike Couzens snapped a picture of the team's official statement on Coach K's absence:   

Although Krzyzewski will miss Tuesday night's game, the Raleigh News and Observer's Laura Keeley noted he's "expected to be fine." 

ESPN's Jeff Goodman reported Krzyzewski was suffering from extremely high blood pressure, and he was advised to remain overnight at Duke University Hospital. 

Ideally for the Blue Devils, Coach K will be back on the bench soon since his side is slated to go through the ACC gauntlet with two games left against No. 19 Louisville and No. 2 North Carolina in addition to a meeting with No. 9 Virginia. 

Compounding matters is the fact that Duke has lost four of its last five games entering Tuesday night and is unranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll for the first time since 2007, according to ESPN.com

However, the Blue Devils did receive six votes last week, per the Associated Press, so a return to college basketball's upper echelon could be on the way if they're able to snap out of a funk and rattle off a couple of upset wins once Krzyzewski returns. 

Following Tuesday's game, Duke will have three days off before hosting North Carolina State on Saturday.  

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