Duke senior associate athletic director Mike Cragg helps escort Mike Krzyzewski off the floor at Virginia. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY
Thoughts that didn't make the game story from Duke's 73-68 loss:
• Duke lost for the fourth time this year, and, once again, opposing fans rushed the court. The Blue Devils players and coaches, though, were caught in the swarming students, and a visibly upset Mike Krzyzewski had a tough time making his way off the floor.
After the game, Krzyzewski chose his words carefully, saying several times that he didn’t want to take away from Virginia’s great win. But he was bothered by the lack of protection for his players and coaches.
“Whatever you’re doing, you need to get the team off first. Look, celebrate, have fun, obviously you won, that’s cool. Just get our team off the court and our coaching staff before students come on.
“Look do you know how close you are to, just put yourself in the position of one of our players or coaches. I’m not saying any fan did this, but the potential is there all the time for a fan to just go up to you and say, ‘Coach you’re a,” or push you or hit you. And what do you do? What if you did something? That would be the story. We deserve that type of protection.
"I’m always concerned about stuff like that, especially at this time of the year. What if that happened and we get a kid suspended? That becomes the national story. It’s not all fun and games when people are rushing the court, especially for the team that lost. Again, congratulations to them, and they should have fun and burn benches and do all that stuff. I’m all for that. They have a great school, great kids, but get us off the court. That’s the bottom line."
• Despite little going right for Duke in the first half, the Blue Devils only trailed 28-23 at the half. Virginia shot 48 percent from the field in the first half, but the Cavaliers missed several wide-open looks as the half came to a close. That trend continued in the second, as the Cavaliers couldn’t ever pull away.
• Joe Harris's 36 points were the most for a Duke opponent since FSU's Al Thornton scored 37 at Duke on Feb. 4, 2006.
• Harris had this to say about what the Cavaliers saw from Mason Plumlee defensively on film:
"From the scouting report and watching film we had noticed that Plumlee didn't necessarily show too hard off of ball screens. We tried to male an effort of curling those, trying to make rim-cuts, and I think that's what was working for the majority of the game."
• Virginia had last beaten a top-five opponent exactly 11 years ago before beating Duke Thursday. And that opponent in 2002 was No. 3 Duke, too, as the Cavaliers won that contest 87-84.
• With Thursday's win, Virginia has now beaten every ACC team in the Tony Bennett era, which began in 2009-10.