Duke's Coach K Calls Out Critics: 'Come into Cameron and Look Up in the Ceiling'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 3, 2020

WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA - FEBRUARY 25: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils during the first half during their game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at LJVM Coliseum Complex on February 25, 2020 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
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Mike Krzyzewski had a blunt response to his team's skeptics following Duke's 88-69 win over North Carolina State on Monday.

"I mean, you can question my coaching and what the hell—and then when you do question it ... just come into Cameron and look up in the ceiling, and then find out if you should question that," Krzyzewski told the Blue Devils' postgame radio show (via 247Sports).

Coach K's track record speaks for itself. He's the all-time winningest coach in Division I history, having guided the Blue Devils to 12 Final Fours and five national championships.

But the 73-year-old isn't immune to the questions that can arise from a poor stretch of results. Duke entered Monday having dropped three of its last four games, slipping from seventh to 12th in the Associated Press' Top 25 poll.

Following an 88-66 loss to the Wolfpack on Feb. 19, Krzyzewski told reporters his team was "not competitive."

The legendary coach is a victim of his own prosperity since Duke's bar for success is basically a trip to the Final Four. 

Following the Blue Devils' most recent title in 2015, they've yet to advance past the Elite Eight. Last year's loss to Michigan State was particularly disappointing since the squad had three players (Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish) who were selected in the top 10 of the 2019 NBA draft.

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Should Duke's Final Four drought extend to five years, all of the banners hanging in the Cameron Indoor Stadium rafters won't be of much comfort.