The Duke Blue Devils are still reeling following their elimination from the NCAA Tournament at the hands of Michigan State, who pulled off the narrow victory on Sunday.
“If you weren’t a Duke fan, everyone wanted to see us fail,” Duke’s Tre Jones said, according to ESPN’s David M. Hale. “All the adversity, it made us so close as a group. We all wanted to win so bad, and that’s what hurts so much.”
“It’s very upsetting to think about,” Duke star and potential number 1 overall NBA draft pick Zion Williamson said. “You see all the faces in this locker room, and I’m just trying not to focus on [the future].”
“Only one team can be on top, and the odds are slim,” Williamson said. “The only opinions we’re worried about are in this locker room, and we battled. It’s not the ending we wanted, but we played our hardest.”
Duke was seeded #1 and a clear favorite to win the tournament, but fell short 68-67 on Sunday.
“Everything that had to do with college basketball had Zion’s face on it,” Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “They’re deserving of special things, and they have had a special year,” Krzyzewski continued. “But not going to the Final Four is obviously a huge disappointment for us.”