An alarm seemed to go off after Miami.
“I think we’ve played hard all year,” Krzyzewski said. “We had one really bad game, and that was against Miami. I think Miami had a lot to do with that. We’re going through a period of adjustment without Ryan. Those two things: a great team, Miami is playing great basketball, us not being ready to play at that level.
“I think we responded well from that. We’ve been playing really hard the whole time with our schedule. So knowing how to play hard together, that’s the key thing. I think we’re learning to do that better now with this group without Ryan.”
They’ve been consistent, Curry said, largely because they’ve adjusted.
“If you want to be a good team, be at the top of the rankings and set yourself up for the best possible situation for the Tournament, you can’t be great one night and bad another night,” Curry said. “You’ve got to be consistent, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
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