Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski had the following to say about the game:
"We have a strong fan base in the New York / New Jersey area and I am sure Connecticut will have great fan support as well. It is always special to play in front of terrific crowds and it should be an outstanding game between two talented teams. Connecticut is obviously coming off a championship season and has excellent personnel returning. Coach [Kevin] Ollie has done a terrific job running the program and we look forward to the challenge."