Coach K apologizes for remarks after Oregon game

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski yells to his team during the first half of a 2016 NCAA college basketball game against Oregon in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. (Mark J. Terrill)

Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski is apologizing for remarks made to an Oregon player following Duke's loss in the Sweet 16, as well as an answer the coach gave during the postgame press conference.

Oregon's Dillon Brooks said Krzyzewski told him that he's "too good of a player to be showing off at the end," after Brooks hit a long 3-pointer in the final seconds of Thursday's game while Oregon was up by double digits.

In the press conference, Coach K denied Brooks' account of what was said during the exchange in the handshake line.

Originally, Krzyzewski said he told Brooks "You're a terrific player."

CBS Sports released the audio which seems to show Brooks' version is correct.

In a statement released Saturday, Coach K said he "reacted incorrectly to a reporter's question about my comment to Dillon."

He also says he called Oregon coach Dana Altman to apologize for his remarks to Dillon Brooks. "It is not my place to talk to another team's player and doing so took the focus away from the terrific game that Dillon played," he said in his statement.

Krzyzewski says he has the "utmost respect" for Oregon and hopes he did not create a distraction for Coach Altman and the team.

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