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K on Henderson

Well, Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski just said on the ACC teleconference that he would have suspended Gerald Henderson for more than one game if he deemed his hit on Tyler Hansbrough to be intentional. Krzyzewski said he did not think it was intentional in large pat because Henderson's hand was open.

K said it was "unfortunate" what happened to Hansbrough, but it was also unfortunate for Henderson because "he is not that kind of player."

The fun began when Gregg Doyel of cbssportsline chimed in asking K how long he suspended Christian Laettner in 1992 for "stomping on" the chest of the Kentucky player during the epic regional final. Coach and writer went back and forth a little bit, with K questioning whether that should be called a "stomp." K concluded with: "After the season we'll talk about 1992. I'd rather talk about 2007 right now."

Georgia Tech Coach Paul Hewitt said that if the 65-team NCAA tourney field were picked today, he thinks nine ACC teams should make it. (at the same moment, coaches in the WAC and Horizon may have made similar comments about their leagues.)

Florida State Coach Leonard Hamilton said PG Toney Douglas is not yet 100 percent, but he's back.

Maryland's Gary Williams talked about the team's passing ability helping Mike Jones light it up in recent games.

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 5, 2007; 12:25 PM ET
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Tony Skinn anyone?

Posted by: Rob Iola | March 5, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

That was very McGwiresque...Good one Coach K!

"I'm not here to talk about the past"

Posted by: cha_charoni | March 5, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Laettner's stomp of Aminu Timberlake was like a love-tap compared to what Henderson did yesterday. Doyel is, as always, more interested in riling people up and getting his name on message boards than writing a story, but he has a very valid point here.

Posted by: Markus V. | March 5, 2007 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Right Coach K: You'd suspend Henderson next fall when you're playing New Mexico Body & Fender. What you're most upset about is the game was in Chapel Hill because had it been in Cameron your officials would have called the foul on Hansbrough instead of Henderson (intentionally obstructing a Dookie player from defending his basket) and added several minutes to the play clock to further aid you come-back efforts.

Posted by: Dave Richardson | March 5, 2007 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm no fan of Duke, but it seems to me that this is more on the order of a flagrant foul as opposed to an ejection. I think Henderson was going for the ball, but he was reckless and used excessive force. However, the one game suspension is a bit harsh (not that Tyler H and his broken nose will agree with me on that).

Seriously, though, how many people are there left in the world for Billy Packer to piss off? Does anyone like this guy anymore? And how spineless is Nantz, it seems like he wants to disagree with Packer, he just can't bring himself to do it.

Posted by: tmc | March 5, 2007 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I think Krzyzewski is a krzithead

Posted by: bcm | March 5, 2007 2:18 PM | Report abuse

"I'm no fan of Duke, but it seems to me that this is more on the order of a flagrant foul as opposed to an ejection. I think Henderson was going for the ball, but he was reckless and used excessive force. However, the one game suspension is a bit harsh (not that Tyler H and his broken nose will agree with me on that)."

- An excessively physical fouls warrants a MANDATORY ejection and one-game suspension. Intent is not even an issue. Any excessive physical conduct.

Posted by: orh | March 5, 2007 2:32 PM | Report abuse

"- An excessively physical fouls warrants a MANDATORY ejection and one-game suspension. Intent is not even an issue. Any excessive physical conduct"

I thought that was the whole point of a flagrant foul? I beg to differ. Henderson was ejected for a "combative foul" (ala throwing a bunch). That implies intent, which I, and most of the rest of college basketball world (including Packer, who is a notorious Duke-hater) think was missing. The call should have been a flagrant foul. I've seen far worse happen away from the ball, but it was the blood here that influenced the refs.

Posted by: Chris D. | March 5, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

If you watch the play in slo-mo, you can see that as Hansbrough goes for the lay-up, Henderson is already in the air to block the ball--BUT, the ball gets stripped away as Henderson's arm comes down, meaning that all the force which was intended to smack the ball away is now directed at Hansbrough's face. Now, even if the ball had been there, it would have been a pretty huge foul, so maybe that's how the officials were thinking.

Posted by: jw | March 5, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

If Henderson was going for the ball and managed to miss it by 3-5 feet, then he has no place on a basketball court. He had as much of a chance of blocking that shot as a batter does of hitting a home run on a pitch out.

Posted by: Markus V. | March 5, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I've been a Duke fan since 1989 for personal reasons. In nearly 20 years, I've never before been embarrassed to say that.

Henderson's action was atrocious. There is no doubt that Henderson intended to make Hansbrough pay for taking the ball to the hoop - something I would also have done in the situation. Twelve point lead, 20 seconds left, you get the rebound and get it outside to run the clock. I don't care that he was three feet from the basket - more points don't matter. An older, wiser player would have gotten out of dodge.

As the defender, you go up and into him, hands high, and come down on the guy. You make sure that he does not score a bucket. But the way it happened, intentional or not - if I ran the ACC he'd be out for the tournament.

I want to see the transcript of the call. The CBS Sportsline guy's question is spot-on, and seriously calls into question Coach K's leadership credentials.

Posted by: in dc | March 5, 2007 3:01 PM | Report abuse

"If you watch the play in slo-mo, you can see that as Hansbrough goes for the lay-up, Henderson is already in the air to block the ball--BUT, the ball gets stripped away as Henderson's arm comes down, meaning that all the force which was intended to smack the ball away is now directed at Hansbrough's face."


Get your vision checked, because the ball flew away far before henderson struck down his forearm into hansboroughs face.

Posted by: Mark | March 5, 2007 3:55 PM | Report abuse

F**K BILLY PACKER, WORST COMMENTATOR OF ALL TIME!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | March 5, 2007 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Why was Tyler in the game anyways? For the most part Duke had put in their reserves and Roy Williams had taken out some of his starters. Why leave Tyler still in the game?

Posted by: Ted | March 5, 2007 5:54 PM | Report abuse

The foul was intentional. I was watching on a DVR and rewound it 3 or 4 times. Henderson clearly was going in with an elbow from the start. He's lucky he's only missing one game. Either way, Hansbrough shouldn't have been in the game.

Posted by: cy | March 5, 2007 6:24 PM | Report abuse

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/Billy_Packer/

Posted by: Stop Billy Packer | March 5, 2007 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Guys, keep the facts straight! K DID NOT have his reserves in the game at the time of the transgression! McRoberts and Paulus had fouled out seconds before and were on the bench. Scheyer, Nelson, and Henderson were in the game. Tyler was scheduled to come out as Copeland was on the sideline waiting to come in for him had he made the free throw. Roy had subbed out seniors Miller and Terry to get their senior ovation on the preceding dead ball. McRoberts fifth foul was Hans to put him on line. Intentional or not, there is no place for junk like this in college bball. K should be the "leader" he is and man up that this was a huge mistake on the part of one of his young stars.

Posted by: Brian | March 5, 2007 8:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't know Gregg Doyel. He is my new favorite sportswriter. Spot on questions, there, Gregg. And, uh, nice retort there coach.

Posted by: Steve in MD | March 5, 2007 10:47 PM | Report abuse

To all of you who do not believe it was an intentional foul, and believe that Henderson was just trying to block the shot, I ask you this:

When Hansbrough fell to the ground, why didn't Henderson go over and check if he was OK? The video replay shows that Henderson didn't even look at Hansbrough when he was lying on the ground. That says it all.

Posted by: truth | March 6, 2007 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Coach K says Henderson's hand wasn't open? That is completely irrelevant, given that it wasn't his hand that hit Hansbrough, it was his ELBOW.

Posted by: truth | March 6, 2007 1:14 AM | Report abuse

So let me make sure I understand this correctly. The great cocah K and all Dook loyalists believe that it's Williams' fault that this happened and that it would have been OK if Henderson had mugged a sub rather than a starter. Is that about it?

Posted by: Bill | March 6, 2007 7:34 AM | Report abuse

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