Duke pulled away from East Carolina late in the game for an 83-74 win on Tuesday, but head coach Mike Krzyzewski wasn't totally happy in the postgame press conference.
And it had nothing to do with his team.
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“I wish that more people could have attended. One sidenote: I don't know how they do the seating for the NIT, but it stinks. Because however they did it, it ruins the atmosphere for Cameron," Krzyzewski said. "Where people want to get in here, and it costs so much to come in for this tournament. There should never be an empty seat here, and it's not the fault of our students. It's not. We're allocated a certain amount of tickets, and that's what we get. Because more people should have witnessed this game; that's what I'm saying.”
The Cameron Crazies are known as one of the best student sections in the country, but the lack of energy and the empty seats were noticeable the past two nights.
Duke is advancing to Madison Square Garden for the semifinals NIT Season Tip-Off.
Update: The News & Observer in Raleigh got word from Duke on how the ticketing process worked.
Each school was given approximately 200 tickets to sell, Duke spokesmen Matt Plizga and Mike Cragg said. The majority of the tickets were returned to Duke on Sunday, with all three schools contributing to the pile. The NIT has a rule, Plizga said, that returned tickets cannot be resold within 24 hours, which prevented Duke from distributing them locally. The tickets the NIT gave to the schools had a face value around 70 dollars.
That's too expensive for college kids.