Not only is Mike Krzyzewski the winningest coach in men’s basketball history, he’s also a huge Sam Seaborn fan. Coach K had a chance to catch up with the West Wing actor who played Seaborn, Rob Lowe, this week on Basketball and Beyond. (And yes, we can confirm it was the real Rob Lowe and not any iteration.)

Lowe (whose son is a current Duke undergrad) has been to several games at legendary Cameron Indoor Stadium and talks to Coach K about that atmosphere.

“It’s one of the few things you can hype,” Lowe says, “and you come to see it and it’s everything and more than you’ve been hyped on your whole life.”

Krzyzewski often talks about wanting his team to have strong faces and body language and he asked Lowe about the importance of a game face in acting and in sports.

I watch you a ton because every coach has a different style and coaching is like directing. That’s really what it is. It’s always interesting to me when I do look at a player who has gone cold, or missed an assignment … the question is do you let them play through it? Do you use that moment to discipline and/or teach them? Or is the flow of the game more important? All of that stuff is really interesting to me.

Lowe’s experience includes both acting and directing, and he talked to Coach K about the relationship between those two roles on set.

“I would like to think it is exactly like a relationship with players and coaches,” Lowe said. “I want to be led. I want to know that someone is awake at the switch. I want someone to give me direction. I want people who want me to be better.

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