Head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s 42-year career at Duke came to an abrupt end on Saturday night when the North Carolina Tar Heels won 81-77 over the Blue Devils.
In an exhilarating match up to the minute, North Carolina’s Caleb Love managed to score a key three-pointer, as well as three late free throws in the final 25 seconds of the game – robbing Krzyzewski of a sixth championship ahead of him. retirement.
In total, Love managed to hit 28 points and RJ Davis had 18 for the Tar Heels, who will now face the Kansas Jayhawks in Monday night’s NCAA close, having beaten Villanova earlier on Saturday.
North Carolina will now face Kansas for the title on Monday.
But the first meeting of the NCAA tournament between the hostile neighbors, the hundredth recreation between the groups since the arrival of Coach K, was a base between basketball heavyweights.
The two groups, which are only a few miles apart on Tobacco Road, faced off for 2 hours at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, breaking 12 ties and buying and selling the lead 18 times.
North Carolina defeated the Blue Devils in the semifinals of the Men’s Final Four NCAA event on Saturday, beating the group 81-77
Tar Heels players celebrated their win over Duke on Saturday night
Caleb Love (heart) of North Carolina made the profitable baskets for the group
The recess marked the end of Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s 42-year career.
Then, still in Chapel Hill, supporters of the UNC Tar Heels began to emerge from bars and restaurants and onto Franklin Street when it became clear that their group was going to the finals.
A bonfire burned quickly in the center of the intersection of Franklin and Columbia streets as hundreds of people crowded, according to the Raleigh News and Observer, while others set off fireworks.
And inside Tarheels Residence, the Dean E. Smith Center on campus where hundreds of students had watched the game on big screens, people stormed the empty basketball court, jumping and screaming as if the match had taken place right in front of them.
“It’s really uplifting and awesome,” sophomore Christine Mendoza said, “and I think it just highlights the band and the bond that we all have as Tar Heels.”
Duke started Saturday night’s game strong, Mark Williams’ heart only scoring a few dunks, but he quickly picked up two early fouls and sat on the bench for the first half’s relaxation.
The Tar Heels then managed to erase two different six-point deficits in the first half, before coming down sevens early in the second.
But the game actually seemed to go down when Williams committed his fourth foul, and Duke had to play the final 10 minutes of the game with each of their key players one person away from being disqualified.
North Carolina led 79-76 and was known as a timeout with 10.4 seconds left and Duke’s Trevor Keels headed for the free throw line. Keels made the first but his second hit the entry iron and Love clawed back the rebound.
Love made a 3 pass to his left with 25 seconds on the clock and headed for the free throw line after Keels sprinted for a layup to make it 78-76. Love missed the second after making the first.
Duke Heart Mark Williams drew Armando Bacot’s fifth foul with 46.7 seconds left but missed every free throw.
Bacot had 11 points and 21 rebounds.
Duke rookie Paolo Banchero scored 20 points with 10 rebounds and Keels added 19 for the Blue Devils.
Davis rolled in the second of two free throws with 1:01 remaining for a 75-74 lead.
Trailing by two with 2:07 to go, Keels hit in an open 3, which Brady Manek answered seconds later in the corner in front of the UNC bench. But Duke’s Wendell Moore Jr. made one of his own on the other end, and Duke went into a timeout before 74-73 with 1:20 to go.
Duke went up 68-67 when Banchero made one of two free throws, but Love amended the lead for the 14th time in the game with a functional layup on the glass, and Carolina’s defensive stop du Nord ended with Manek on the line in the bonus. He made it first, for a 70-68 Tar Heels lead.
With the game even at 67, Manek missed an open 3 from the left wing two possessions after missing two free throws.
Griffin made the free throws that made Duke 67-65. The bad footage came moments after Armando Bacot left with 5:18 remaining, unable to put weight on his right leg. He returned to recess with 4:36 to go.
North Carolina Tar Heels forward Armando Bacot fired the ball against Duke past AJ Griffin during the second half of the game
Blue Devils heartthrob Mark Williams looked disenchanted as the Tar Heels advanced
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski hugged North Carolina head coach Hubert Davis after recess.
Duke continued on the 62-57 path at the Under-8 timeout when Banchero spun left off the right block for a single two, and Jeremy Roach went to the line the next trip to Carolina’s extra advantage North at 62-61.
Keels cleaned up a missed layup to put the Blue Devils back in the lead. After a sweeping layup from Love, Griffin drained a pair of free throws to push Duke forward 65-64.
The Blue Devils stayed small for much of the second half. Williams picked up his fourth foul on an and-1 from Bacot with 10:31 to go, and Duke was forced to come back to Theo John, who committed 4 fouls in the first half.
As the closing buzzer sounded, Krzyzewski – the winningest coach in college basketball history walked calmly to the half court and shook hands with Carolina rookie coach Hubert Davis. He then walked hand in hand with his wife through a Superdome tunnel.
“Whatever the final recreation, you both cry with pleasure, otherwise you cry with sorrow,” he told the NCAA a few moments later. “And if you are, that means you put your all into it.
“And I have a bunch of crying kids, and I’m proud of them.” They made profitable basketball. And they did it tonight too, but so did the other bands.
He leaves behind a legacy described by 5 National Championships, 13 Final Four appearances and 9 National Championship appearances.
In total, Duke earned 1,202 wins and tons of Duke basketball graduates — some of whom went on to become NBA All Stars — under the watch of Coach K.
UNC Tar Heels fans began to emerge from bars and restaurants on Franklin Street when it became clear their group was going to the finals.
Inside the Dean Smith Center, fans poured into the empty backrest of the basketball court
Fans lit a bonfire in the center of the intersection of Franklin and Columbia streets
Fans were delighted with the victory over their rival, the Duke Blue Devils
A reveler appeared to be happy that Coach Ok would not get another championship before his retirement