Mike Krzyzewski’s final home game didn’t go as Duke fans hoped it might. Here’s what Coach K had to say following the game.
Well, the Duke Blue Devils didn’t exactly have all that much fun in what was Mike Krzyzewski’s final home game.
The Duke basketball legend probably didn’t expect his final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium to be a disappointing rivalry loss against the North Carolina Tar Heels, but unfortunately for the Blue Devils, that’s what Coach K ended up getting.
While North Carolina and Duke were close at the half with Duke holding a 41-39 lead, the Tar Heels crushed the Blue Devils in the second half and ended up beating Duke by a score of 94-81.
All rivalry losses are painful, especially for longtime coaches and legendary figures. For a coach like Krzyzewski and a program like Duke, losing to North Carolina like that Saturday evening had to be exceptionally awful.
Here’s what Coach K said after the Blue Devils fell short at home against North Carolina.
Duke basketball: Mike Krzyzewski speaks after Blue Devils lose to North Carolina Tar Heels
Interestingly enough, Krzyzewski took the opportunity to praise his opponent’s best player. Krzyzewski noted that he believed North Carolina’s Armando Bacot is the ACC’s player of the year. That’s high praise for his rival’s star.
Of course, Bacot showed out, scoring 23 points and grabbing seven rebounds to help the Tar Heels beat the Blue Devils.
But, as a whole, the entirety of North Carolina’s roster seemed to be playing on another level. That’s especially true in the second half. The Blue Devils simply couldn’t keep up with the Tar Heels down the stretch.
The moment had to be emotional for Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils. This obviously isn’t how he wanted his time at Cameron Indoor Stadium to be remembered, but that’s just what it is.
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