DURHAM, N.C. — Mike Krzyzewski was especially animated Tuesday night — in the direction of his own Duke fans.
The Hall of Fame coach was angered by the Cameron Crazies directing a playful “Jeff Capel sit with us” chant at the Pittsburgh coach — a former Blue Devils player and assistant coach.
Krzyzewski yelled at the fans to “Shut up!” and then came over across the court to scold them at the end of the first half.
The testy battle stood out as part of a somber evening, one that saw the No. 9 Blue Devils and Panthers honor Kobe Bryant during a pregame ceremony at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Players for teams warmed up in T-shirts with purple and gold numerals 8 on the front and 24 on the back — the numbers Bryant wore with the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday morning.
Krzyzewski coached Bryant as Team USA won Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012.
“It’s the last couple of days that have been really emotional, you know, Kobe was one of my players,” Krzyzewski said. “I coached him on three teams, he was my leader. We had special moments, private and public. He was amazing with my grandkids.
“It’s been bad. It’s been bad. I have been very emotional about it, not publicly. And for the other people involved too, are you kidding me? Nine people. Horrific. So very tragic.”
Duke won the game 79-67 behind 26 points and 13 rebounds from Vernon Carey Jr
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.