Duke Blue Devils Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Duke Blue Devils suffered a crushing loss to the NC State Wolfpack in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. But despite the way the season ended, head coach Jon Scheyer is still pleased with the direction of his program.

“Where is our program at? I think our program couldn’t be in a stronger place,” Scheyer said after the game according to On3. “We’re just 20 minutes away from going to a Final Four in our second year. I don’t shy away from our expectations or what we want to do, but for me, that’s not the way I’m thinking at all. I’m just hurting for these guys right now.”

Scheyer pointed out that sometimes success takes time, just like it did during his playing days with the Blue Devils.

“Tough loss,” Scheyer said. “I’ve always used the motivation in my time at Duke from the things that happened. Some of the most heartbreaking moments in my career have happened at Duke. We didn’t go to a Sweet 16 until my junior year. We didn’t go to a Final Four and national championship until my senior year.”

We’ll have to see how the team is able to bounce back next season.