Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski goes out with a whimper

Mike Krzyzewski (r., looking nefarious)

Mike Krzyzewski (r., trying nefarious)
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Mike Krzyzewski coached his last sport at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday evening, and North Carolina spoiled the celebration, knocking off fourth-ranked Duke, 94-81, and disappointing everybody from Jerry Seinfeld to Terrell Owens, who took the bizarre step of publicly admitting to rooting for Duke.

And on this event to rejoice all of his achievements, together with the Blue Devils’ common season convention championship, his thirteenth time topping the ACC, Krzyzewski stepped as much as the microphone in entrance of his adoring followers after the sport, and stated, “I’m sorry about this afternoon. That – no, please, no – please, everybody be quiet. Let me simply say, that’s unacceptable. As we speak was unacceptable.”

It’s form of a dick transfer to make use of that second to trash the hassle of a bunch of faculty youngsters who simply misplaced a rivalry sport, however that’s the form of excessive normal that Krzyzewski has set for Duke. That’s why Saturday evening was the Blue Devils’ most lopsided loss to the Tar Heels since… a yr in the past right this moment, a 91-73 thrashing in Chapel Hill.

Okay, but it surely was Duke’s first residence loss to North Carolina since… a month earlier than that, February 6, 2021.

Nicely, you’ll be able to’t go by what occurred final yr, it was bizarre for everybody and particularly for Duke, which earlier than that had not misplaced at Cameron to UNC since all the way in which again in… 2019, when the Heels got here to Durham and laid a 16-point beating on a then-No. 1 Blue Devils crew.

Nonetheless, Duke shedding at residence to an unranked Carolina squad… additionally occurred in 2013, and 1990, which is extra usually than you’d assume it might occur on condition that UNC is nearly at all times ranked.

In the event that they don’t meet once more, Krzyzewski will wind up 50-47 in opposition to North Carolina, together with 23-19 in opposition to Roy Williams. Hubert Davis is now 1-1. However although Williams was the coach that Krzyzewski confronted essentially the most within the Duke-Carolina rivalry, it’s Dean Smith with whom Coach Okay shares legend standing. And now they’re tied collectively by what occurred of their last common season residence video games: a North Carolina win over Duke.

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