Mike Krzyzewski’s Duke basketball team is moving on to the Elite Eight, leaving Coach K very emotional after the hard-fought victory over Texas Tech in the Sweet 16.
The Coach K era of Duke basketball continues for another game, as Mike Krzyzewski’s Duke Blue Devils outlasted the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the Sweet 16 on Thursday night.
No. 2 Duke defeated No. 3 Texas 78-73 in the Sweet 16 to advance to the Elite Eight. The Blue Devils will face the No. 4 Arkansas Razorbacks, who are coming off a monumental upset of the top-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs in San Francisco. While Coach K will have to outduel Eric Musselman’s Hogs to get to the Final Four in New Orleans, he is very appreciative of his players.
Here is Coach K getting very emotional in the post-game after Duke defeated Texas Tech.
Duke basketball’s Coach K gets very emotional after Texas Tech Sweet 16 win
This is Krzyzewski’s last season as Duke’s head coach. He will retire from the coaching profession either after an NCAA Tournament game loss or as a national champion. This run to the Elite Eight has not been easy for Duke, but Coach K says it is an honor to coach special players like Paolo Banchero. His team’s best player showed a ton of grit for Duke to defeat a strong Texas Tech team.
In the 40 years since Krzyzewski took over the Duke basketball program, the Blue Devils have gone from a competitive ACC team to a national power and public enemy No. 1 in the eyes of many college basketball fans. While many fans cannot stand Duke, the program he has built over the years is synonymous with excellence. Elitist or note, his team is usually ready to play ball.
If Duke defeats Arkansas, Coach K will be guiding Duke to one last Final Four under his leadership.
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