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Jon Scheyer recaps Duke’s performance versus Vols

Jon Scheyer recaps Duke’s performance versus Vols

No. 4 seed Tennessee (24-10, 11-7 SEC) defeated No. 5 seed Duke (27-8, 14-6 ACC), 65-52, Saturday at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, in the second round of the 2023 NCAA Tournament.

The Vols advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

Following the second-round contest, first-year Duke head coach Jon Scheyer met with media.

“Well, one, congratulations to Tennessee,” Scheyer said. “They played an outstanding game. They’re incredibly well-coached. They’re tough. They’ve been through it before. They made some big-time plays.

I’m incredibly proud of our team. We’ve had really a great season, and it’s hard to reflect on all of that right now in the moment. I’m hurting for these guys. They’ve given us everything you could ask for. They’ve fought through adversity. They’ve stuck together when things weren’t looking as good and came into this game one of the hottest teams in the country, and we felt like we were supposed to win this game, as did they. Really felt like a Sweet 16, Elite 8 game type of game. They’re really good, and credit them, they shoot almost 50 from three, and (Olivier) Nkamhoua has one of his best games, maybe his best game ever, and you’ve got to tip your hat to him, but really proud of our team and what we’ve done. It hurts. It stings. It’s going to be that way for a while, but really proud of our guys and these guys next to me right here.”

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Scheyer’s continued media availability is listed below.

“Yeah, I mean, look, he’s been a really good player. He’s also — he hasn’t been the leading scorer. Vescovi is a key guy. He draws a lot of attention the way he moves and cuts without the ball and they set hard screens for him. Olivier, credit him. I thought he hit some really tough shots. There were some contested shots in the paint. He hit three threes. I don’t know if he hit three threes, but he obviously worked and an experienced player. You’ve got to give him all the credit in the world. I thought he played a great game. But sometimes that happens. Unfortunately, a player rises to the occasion, and you have to give him credit.”

“Well, it wasn’t ideal. That’s part of how it goes. They did a great job of attacking the basket. I thought we probably settled a little too much in the first half, but look, if Jeremy getting fouls, Flip, any of these guys next to me, that’s a big…

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