Mike Krzyzewski is still recruiting, still competing and still winning national championships. In fact, he’s won it all in two of the last six seasons and is perhaps the greatest college basketball coach of all time.
But he’s also 69 years old. How much longer can Coach K keep this up?
“I don’t know, he’s a bionic man,” CBS Sports college basketball analyst Pete Gillen said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “And he does the work with the U.S. national team. That’s pressure, too. You got to win every time. That’s not easy. You got great players, but you’re not there to beat Bulgaria for seventh place. You’re there to win the whole thing. That’s a lot of pressure. I think he can go another three or four years. He’s amazing. He’s 69 years old and he does it all year round. The U.S. national team usually has something during the summer for a couple weeks. It’s amazing what he’s doing. I think another three or four years. He gets unbelievable talent. He’s been getting great players the last two or three years. The guys coming in are supposed to be awesome. I say another three or four years. He’s unbelievable. He’s got the fountain of youth. You’ve got to give him credit. I don’t know how he does it. That stress takes a lot out of you, but he can do it. I say another three or four years for Coach K.”
Duke is in the Sweet 16 for the sixth time in eight seasons. The No. 4 Blue Devils (25-10) play No. 1 Oregon (30-6) on Thursday at 10:07 p.m.
“That’s a great one,” Gillen said. “That’s a heck of a game. Oregon has excellent depth, they play team defense, their wings are terrific. But certainly Duke’s got great wings too. Grayson Allen is tremendous. (So is) Brandon Ingram, the freshman. So it should be a great ball game. I think Oregon is a little deeper, a little better defensively. I think Oregon sneaks by, but you never know. Oregon was very vulnerable against Saint Joe’s. The Hawks had a chance to beat them.”
The winner plays the winner of No. 2 Oklahoma versus No. 3 Texas A&M in the Elite Eight on Saturday.