Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski was quick to come to the defense of one of his players on Friday night.
Duke knocked off Syracuse on Friday night, punching its ticket to the Elite Eight, where it'll face Kansas. The Blue Devils won by four points - 69-65 - so there wasn't really any drama during the final play of the game. But one reporter wondered if there could have been.
Syracuse guard Tyus Battle, with his team trailing 69-65, brought the ball up on his team's final possession - intent on shooting a three-pointer to try to cut the lead to one. Duke guard Grayson Allen defended him the whole way, then backed off at the final second - right as Battle went to shoot.
After the game, a reporter asked Krzyzewski and Allen if the Duke star had perhaps defended Battle "too vigorously" with a four-point lead in the final seconds.
Krzyzewski quickly shut down the reporter. Here's the back-and-forth:
Reporter: Did you feel like maybe, I'll go coach first, that Grayson defended the last shot with a four-point lead a little too vigorously?
Krzyzewski: No, I think he did great.
Here's video. It's clear that Krzyzewski isn't having the question. Allen never even answers it.
Here's video of the final play of the game. Allen probably is a little too close for comfort for Duke fans, but he makes sure to back off when it matters.
It may seem like a no-brainer to stop playing defense with a four-point lead on the game's final possession - but remember, Louisville somehow lost to Virginia a few weeks back in the exact same situation.
Duke and Kansas will meet in the Elite Eight on Sunday. It should be a good one.