The Oregon Ducks entered the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament as the Number 1 seed, and many detractors thought they didn’t deserve such a high slot. Teams like Michigan State and Villanova were thought to have earned a #1 seed due to their high favor nationally, and the fact that most fans and experts don’t watch the late Pac-12 games could’ve played a factor. But if there was any night that the Ducks proved themselves to the nation, it was last night.
Oregon took on the mighty Duke Blue Devils, led by Top-3 lottery pick Brandon Ingram, studs Marshall Plumlee and Grayson Allen, and coached by the legendary Mike Krzyzewski, and passed the test with flying colors. In the Ducks’ 82-68 victory, the game’s tempo and attitude was high-paced and intense, as words were exchanged on both sides throughout the contest. Tempers may have flared at the end of the game when Oregon sophomore forward Dillon Brooks, who finished the game with 22 points, six assists and five rebounds, fired in a three-pointer with seconds left to rub a little salt in the Duke wound. As Brooks approached Coach Krzyzewski in the postgame handshake line, it appeared that Coach K had some things to say to Brooks before they parted ways. When asked what may have been said in the postgame presser, Brooks stated Coach K told him he’s “too good of a player to be showing off at the end.”
When asked about the interaction, Coach K denied the claim, and added his own thoughts in saying, “”I didn’t say that. You can say whatever you want. Dillon Brooks is a hell of a player. I said, ‘You’re a terrific player.’ And you can take whatever he said and then go with it, all right?”
Take a look at what happened for yourself below.
Coach K appears to let Dillon Brooks know he wasn’t a fan of his late 3-pointer https://t.co/ALwaVyjset
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 25, 2016