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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- After being the victim of a near-perfect second half by Arizona, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski offered some praise for Wildcats coach Sean Miller and the job he has done rebuilding the Arizona program in the post-Lute Olson era.

"Lute is one of the top coaches to ever coach in college and that brand never went away, even though there were some not-so-good things happening, and then Sean is just a heck of a coach," Krzyzewski said. "He's a really good guy, but he's a great coach and he had his team so well prepared. It was a great hire for them, to build back a brand that was right -- you know, it's there."

This is the lowest-seeded Arizona team, at No. 5, to ever reach a regional final. The Wildcats took control of the game with a 13-0 run that helped them take the lead 54-53 with 15:18 to go; they never trailed after that on their way to a 93-77 win.

"They're in great hands, and again, I want to congratulate them," Krzyzewski said. "We lost to an outstanding team and an outstanding coach and, really, a good program tonight."

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Luke has worked for The N&O since 2000. He covered the Carolina Hurricanes and the NHL before becoming a sports columnist in August 2008. A native of Evanston, Ill., he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. He can be reached at (919) 829-8947, @LukeDeCock on Twitter or