Champs come home

April 4, 2010 9:00:00 PM PDT
NCAA champion Duke Blue Devils touched down at RDU Tuesday afternoon and headed off to celebrate with their fans at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski and his team have slept little since Monday night when the Blue Devils held on to beat Butler 61-59 for their first national title since 2001.

"It's good to be home and good to be at Cameron," said coach K to the fans.

He told them he's looking forward to seeing a fourth national championship banner hanging from the ceiling.

Krzyzewski has now won four national championships -- a number that puts him ahead of mentor Bobby Knight, ties him with coach Adolph Rupp and leaves him trailing only John Wooden.

"People are holding up newspaper headlines," said Coach K, "and it's nice to see people haven't doodled on my face." He was referring to an Indiana newspaper that ran his picture with a mustache and other pen marks all over it.

"We met a great team in a classic game last night in front of a crowd of over 70,000 people," said Krzyzewski. "This is as good a group as I have coached in 30 years."

Coach K's players are soaking in the moment.

"This past 24 hours has been incredible. There have been so many great moments," said player Brian Zoubek.

"I'm so speechless right now," said Nolan Smith. "This has meant so much to me and my family."

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