Quotes: Duke v. Oregon

Post-game press conference quotes from Duke's 27 point victory over Oregon

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski
"I'm very pleased with how we played. Oregon played their hearts out. Watching them on tape we knew they had started a new program based on hard work, toughness, and hustle. They spread you out and pressure you, and I thought we handled it well. We turned it over too much in the last ten minutes of the first half and the beginning of the second half, but our effort was good."

On Kyle Singler:
"I'm very proud of Kyle. Today was a special day for him. He is truly one of the special kids I've had the opportunity to coach at any level. He has a warrior's spirit. He's all about winning and playing hard and I love the way he performs. He's never nervous. He's the same all the time. He never has a play in a game or in practice when he's not working hard. He's what I call a no-maintenance guy."

On Oregon head coach Dana Altman:
"I've admired him because of the great jobs he's done. His teams are always as well-coached as any. He's a program-builder. He did it at Creighton, and with his staff and the resources, people, and attitude at Oregon they will build something nice there."

On E.J. Singler:
"Any coach would love to have E.J. I'm just glad his brother's a few inches taller and about 20 pounds heavier. Kyle's one of the best players I've ever coached, and I'm sure his coach will be saying the same about E.J. after his four years."

Duke forward Kyle Singler

On matchup with brother E.J.:
"Before the game, we said hi quickly. It was good to be playing at home in front of Oregon fans."

"I just wanted to make sure that even though we were competing against each other, that he was loose. I told him to have a lot of fun"

"Leading up to the game, I was kind of nervous. But, when the game started, I instantly settled in and felt a lot better."

On playing in Oregon:
"Throughout my whole life, the state has supported my family and me a lot. I'm very thankful for the fans and all the support and everyone coming out today to watch.

"I was actually really surprised at how many Duke fans there were."

On the block call against his brother in 2nd half:
"It was probably a 50-50 play. I think the ref gave me the benefit of the doubt."

Duke guard Nolan Smith

On career with Kyle Singler:
"It has been a long journey. We have come a long ways with some ups and downs. How he (Kyle) performed in his home state tonight was just amazing to watch. I'm really proud of him."

On playing at Duke:
"It's been a real honor to play at Duke, get the program back to where it's supposed to be and play for Coach K. It's just been great."

About Kyle Singer:
"He's a little messy. I think he would admit that. But, otherwise, he's been a great friend and teammate to live with."

Duke guard Kyrie Irving

On the game:
"It was a great win. A great experience, great experience. To have Kyle play the way he did, I was real proud of him. We started out a little slow, but started getting it together.

"They fought hard - every loose ball they went after. The defensive intensity was up all night."

Oregon Head Coach Dana Altman

On the game:
"It was a tough game for us, but I liked some of the opportunities our press gave us. We have a lot of work to do, especially on fundamentals and on the offensive end. I liked our fight, ours guys continued to play hard and with good intensity."

On the field goal percentage:
"As I mentioned before, their size gave us problems. There were a lot of baskets at the goal that we never finished. We also missed some free throws; it was not a good offensive performance."

On playing Duke:
"It is good for our team. Anytime you have a chance to play a team of Duke's stature, it's a great measuring stick. We have a long way to go, but it helps for our guys to see a team like Duke with so many NBA prospects."

On EJ Singler:
"EJ was nervous and I understand that. It was a big day for him. Kyle was so confident, and EJ was not so experienced. It's a learning experience for EJ. He is a hard working young man and great for our program."

On Duke pulling away:
"There was a little segment there when we missed open 3's and they made their open 3's and the game went from respectable to not respectable pretty quick."

On the next step for the Ducks:
"I think they'll be fine. We have small steps at a time to complete in order to compete against Missouri, and to get ready for the Pac-10."

On playing in Portland:
"I'd love to be able to play here every year."

On playing against Coach K:
"He's at a place that most coaches want to be at. It's great going against those guys, and I hope our guys learn something from it. Duke has the consistency every program wants to see, and he has been able to accomplish it."

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