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Krzyzewski back with the Blue Devils after 'kick in the butt'

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski was back with his team Wednesday watching tape, he said Thursday during a taping of his SiriusXM radio show.

The Blue Devils were without their leader for Tuesday's game at Georgia Tech, after Krzyzewski felt under the weather before leaving Durham and did not travel with the team.

During his show Thursday, Krzyzewski said he had "a little setback" shortly before the Blue Devils boarded their flight to Atlanta Monday night and was advised not to make the trip that night. He intended to fly down Tuesday morning, but instead visited Duke University Hospital.

"I had to go into the hospital and did a number of tests," Krzyzewski said. "They all were good, and [I] got some good advice, a little bit of medication and a kick in the butt to take better care of myself—which we all need."

With Krzyzewski still in Durham, the Blue Devils used a big second-half run to beat the Yellow Jackets 80-71. The spurt was keyed by Capel's decision to revert back to Duke's traditional man-to-man defense after Georgia Tech found plenty of room to operate in the paint against the zone in the first half.

"Jeff is my associate head coach but I really treat him like a co-head coach, because he’s been a head coach for eight years and coached Blake Griffin and has coached 30-win seasons and did a great job at VCU and Oklahoma," Krzyzewski said. "I’m very lucky that someone of his caliber could step in, and he did a great job following his instincts."

With Krzyzewski back with the team beginning Wednesday, all signs point to the 68-year-old manning the sidelines once again Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium when Duke takes on N.C. State.


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