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Coach K on Tony Bennett: 'I do not see how it won’t work out'

After Virginia lost to Duke on Sunday, Cavaliers Coach Tony Bennett said the Blue Devils are "a program you aspire to be like." But Duke reached these heights after the foundation was set by Coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Krzyzewski was asked if he can empathize with Bennett, who is currently trying to build Virginia. Here was Krzyzewski's answer:

“Well he has won a lot more than I did early on. Tony is classy, smart, and he is perfect for Virginia. He is just a really good coach and a good man. He wants to build a program. So whatever decisions he is making – I am not following them on a day-to-day basis – just knowing him, I know that the decisions he is making are not just short-term, they are long-term. They are principled decisions, value-based decisions. Because that is the only way to build a program, is on that type of a foundation. He will do that. His kids could not hit a lot tonight and then his best kid is out, but in this losing streak they have had, they could have won two or three of them. It is not easy, but as long as he has the team effort of everyone here, it will work out - because it is a great school and it has some really good tradition, and he is terrific. So I do not see how it won’t work out, it just won’t work out overnight.”

By Zach Berman  |  March 1, 2010; 1:53 PM ET
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