Alabama basketball coach Nate Oats asks if Mike Krzyzewski’s questions on enjoying tied to losses

Alabama coach Nate Oats appeared to query Mike Krzyzewski’s motives after the Duke coach referred to as for a reassessment about enjoying faculty basketball throughout a pandemic, overtly questioning whether or not the feedback have been triggered a pair of losses for the No. 10 Blue Devils.

“Do you suppose if Coach Okay hadn’t misplaced his two nonconference video games at dwelling that he would nonetheless be saying that?” Oats mentioned at a information convention Thursday, including, “We 100 p.c needs to be enjoying basketball.”

Following his workforce’s 83-68 loss to No. 6 Illinois on Tuesday, Duke’s second nonconference dwelling loss this season, Krzyzewski urged faculty basketball officers to “reassess” the state of the game following a sequence of cancellations and postponements, together with a extremely anticipated matchup between No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 2 Baylor on Saturday in Indianapolis.

Duke’s loss to Illinois was the workforce’s largest nonconference dwelling loss below Krzyzewski. Losses to Michigan State and Illinois this season have doubled the overall nonconference dwelling losses Duke has had over the previous 20 years.

Krzyzewski has questioned the choices NCAA officers, together with senior vice chairman of males’s basketball Dan Gavitt, in current months. He beforehand mentioned the NCAA needs to be open to transferring the match again, months after requesting an all-inclusive postseason with each workforce within the nation invited. General, his message has centered on criticism of the management governing the game in a pandemic.

“I’d identical to for the protection, the psychological well being and the bodily well being of our gamers and employees to evaluate the place we’re at,” Krzyzewski mentioned Tuesday. “In our nation at this time, you might have 2,000 deaths a day. You will have 200,000 instances, 1,000,000 and a half final week. You will have folks saying that the subsequent six weeks are going to be the worst. To me, it is already fairly dangerous.

“On the opposite facet of it, there are these vaccines which are popping out. Individuals are saying that the tip of the month 20 million vaccine photographs might be given. In February, one other 100 million. Effectively, ought to we not reassess that and see what could be finest?”

The one energy the NCAA has, at this level within the season, is to make adjustments to the format and timing of the postseason match.

NCAA officers just lately introduced plans to maintain the match in March and host all 68 groups in a single metropolis — probably Indianapolis — at a wide range of venues.

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