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Dan Patrick: What was halftime like in the win over North Carolina, when you were down by 14?
Mike Krzyzewski: We were playing real hard, and we were really ready to play. But we went nuts. When I was a cadet at West Point, we used to call guys who did that "pinging around." They would be in their room going, ping, ping. They were bouncing off walls and not getting anything done. It was more to settle them down and say, "You're obviously ready. Let's slow down." It worked out. It was like two different halves.
DP: What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
MK: I'll give you two. My mom and dad said, "You have to go to West Point," when I didn't want to. I followed their advice. Second, Coach [Henry] Iba and Coach [Pete] Newell—when I was working with Coach [Bob] Knight during the Olympics in 1984—said, "You can take all of what Coach gives you, but just be yourself when you're implementing those things." You can have a role model, but you're not going to be exactly like that role model.
DP: How is Kyrie Irving's toe?
MK: I don't think he'll play this year. But he's getting a lot better. He's out of the cast. He's going through rehab. We're not going to take any chances with him. He'd have to be 100%, and 100% is down the road.
DP: Are you concerned Irving will be one-and-done?