PITTSBURGH (WPRI) — As the University of Rhode Island Rams prepare to take on the Duke University Blue Devils, their head coaches are focused not only on the match up, but also on a family connection between them spanning almost 30 years.
Duke’s Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski and URI’s Head Coach Dan Hurley have a mutual admiration for one another.
“I love their family,” Krzyzewski said. “Their family epitomizes the highest level of love for our game.”
Dan Hurley and his brother, Bobby Hurley, played against each other in the 1992 NCAA Tournament. Bobby Hurley played for Krzyzewski at Duke, winning the game over Dan Hurley and Seton Hall. Duke won their 2nd straight national championship that year. Years later, Krzyzewski would induct their father, Bob Hurley Sr. into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
“We saw it up close, we saw the impact of greatness of Coach K. on Bobby’s career,” Dan Hurley said.
But despite the mutual connection, Bob Hurley Sr. said he is sticking with his younger brother come Saturday’s match up.
“I can put my friendship with Coach K. aside immediately, this is blood you know,” Bob Hurley Sr. said.
The Rams will face off against the Blue Devils at 2:40 p.m. on Saturday.
MARCH HOOPS: Eyewitness Sports is following URI and PC every step of the way with live team coverage. Yianni Kourakis will have live reports from Pittsburgh where the Rams are playing in the NCAA Tournament and Ruthie Polinsky will be with the Friars in Charlotte.