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Coach K Praises UNC-Wilmington Players After Game

Mike Kzryzewski talks after loss to Syracuse.

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Duke survived UNC-Wilmington Thursday afternoon, but there's no doubt that the Seahawks belonged in the tournament. The Blue Devils needed a monster performance from Marshall Plumlee, who finished 9-of-10 with 23 points and eight rebounds, to emerge victorious. After the contest, Coach K reportedly showed a great deal of class.

Krzyzewski, according to SI's Pete Thamel, stopped two UNC-Wilmington players in the hallway after the contest to praise them on their effort. 

This isn't exactly a surprise, given Coach K's reputation for giving players their due - even if they aren't on his team.

UNC-Wilmington had four players finish in double figures, but they were battling foul trouble the entire game. Duke will get the winner of Yale vs. Baylor on Saturday.