GREENSBORO, N.C. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said the technical foul called after he threw a pen at the floor during Sundays Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship game was absolutely ridiculous and shameful.
The call came during a Duke timeout with 2:07 left in the first half of Sundays 72-63 loss to No. 6 Virginia. As the huddle broke, Krzyzewski flung a pen that bounced off the floor and into associate head coach Steve Wojciechowskis leg.
Official Jamie Luckie, a native of Ogdensburg, whistled for the technical from near midcourt as Krzyzewski had his back turned to the court.
Krzyzewski said after the game he had no clue why the technical was called, then was asked about throwing the pen.
Yeah, but I mean, you can throw a clipboard, too, Krzyzewski said. I didnt do it in reaction to anything. I mean, I could hit my head on the floor. I can do a handstand. I can tumble. As long as its not in reaction to anybody.
Theres no way that there should be a technical foul on that. I mean, it was ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. Shameful. Shameful.
It was one of two technical fouls Sunday for the seventh-ranked Blue Devils. The other was on sophomore guard Rasheed Sulaimon, who thought he was fouled on a hurried 3-pointer with the Blue Devils down 68-60.
Sulaimon screamed at official Tim Nestor near midcourt that the defender had fouled him and used an expletive, leading to the whistle with 39.3 seconds left.
After the game, Sulaimon apologized for his behavior.