HOUSTON (AP) -- Like his Duke teammates sitting on either side of him at the podium, Quinn Cook had a strand of the cut-down net sticking out of his regional championship cap.
The senior guard also had a bottom portion of the net hanging loosely around his neck, and a grin on his face. While Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski is going to his record-tying 12th NCAA Final Four, Cook finally gets to experience one for himself in his last chance as a player.
Coach K and Cook both have to give a lot of credit to a talented quartet of freshmen - including starters Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones - that came together with the few returners to become the 16th Duke team to make it to the Final Four.
"It was easy to mesh. They came in so close, all four of those guys were so close and coming in they were very humble," Cook said Sunday after a 66-52 win over Gonzaga in the South Regional final. "You know, we all had relationships with them before they got to campus in July. So, we were pretty cool and it was ...