Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley, the former Duke star point guard who guided the Blue Devils to two national titles, is rooting for his brother’s Rhode Island Rams to knock off his alma mater and former coach Mike Krzyzewski.

“It’s tough,” Hurley told USA TODAY Sports by phone. “Because of how much love I have for Coach K and everything I learned from him. But nothing is gonna trump the relationship Dan and I have. We’ve always been there for each other. We talk to each other about each other’s teams so much that you feel like you’re a part of both seasons (ASU and Rhode Island)”

Hurley’s first Rhode Island game he missed rooting on his brother this season was the Rams’ NCAA tournament first-round win over Oklahoma — because he was flying back from Dayton after the Sun Devils bowed out of the NCAAs in a First Four loss to Syracuse earlier this week. 

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Hurley, who coached with Dan at Wagner and briefly at Rhode Island as an assistant before becoming a head coach, likes the Rams’ odds against the No. 2 seed Blue Devils, who have two All-Americans on their roster in Marvin Bagley III and Grayson Allen.

“Dan’s team fights and they’re determined. He’s got great guards,” Hurley said, referencing E.C. Matthews and Jared Terrell. “They’re going against a talented (Duke) team, a hall of fame coach (Mike Krzyzewski), a (program) that has tournament experience and tradition. But his players won’t back down, they believe in what they’re doing.” 

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Both Dan and Bobby were happy when the bracket was revealed on Selection Sunday. One of the great moments of March Madness was seeing Dan emotionally celebrate Bobby’s selection after Arizona State was on the bubble. Both teams were placed in the Midwest region. 

Hurley, who was the head coach at Buffalo before he arrived at Arizona State, praised his former team’s thrilling upset over Arizona on Thursday. 

“(Coach) Nate (Oats) had a really good game plan with his guards,” Hurley said. “When I was there he was always trying to work, always trying to learn. I don’t know if they’ll be able to keep him he’s so good.” 



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