Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski have been teaching young men how to play basketball for decades.
On Thursday, they demonstrated why they're so good. They stay loose.
Instead of getting tense and out of sorts the day before the Midwest Regional's well-hyped coaching matchup, the pair took turns praising one another's styles, their loyalty to their schools and their teams' penchant for limiting mistakes. Then they turned around and poked fun at themselves and their families.
It was basketball at its most polite.
''I consider him a great friend. There's nothing about Tom that I don't think is good. If we lose to them, believe me, I'll hug him and shake his hand, and he'll do the same for me. I like that,'' said Krzyzewski, the NCAA Division I record-holder with 956 career wins. ''I think it's more the way it used to be in coaching, and probably we both have great teachers in that regard and were brought up a certain way where we understand the game is b...