Coach K apologizes to Altman for postgame chat with Brooks

Oregon forward Dillon Brooks, left, speaks during a news conference alongside teammate guard Tyler Dorsey before an upcoming regional finals basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Friday, March 25, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif. Oregon faces Oklahoma in an Elite Eight matchup March 26. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski says he has apologized to Oregon coach Dana Altman for his postgame conversation with Dillon Brooks.

In a statement issued Saturday, Krzyzewski said ''it is not my place to talk to another team's player'' and he hoped he ''did not create a distraction'' for the top-seeded Ducks.

They play Oklahoma on Saturday night in the West Regional final.

Brooks hit a long 3-pointer with the shot clock expiring in the final seconds of the Ducks' 82-68 victory over Duke on Thursday night. In the handshake line, Krzyzewski had a prolonged discussion with the Oregon guard – and video of it immediately went viral.

In the statement, Krzyzewski said that chat ''took the focus away from the terrific game that Dillon played.''