Mar 27, 2022; Philadelphia, PA, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Leaky Black (1) and guard Caleb Love (2) and guard R.J. Davis (4) and forward Armando Bacot (5) celebrate after the Tar Heels defeated the St. Peters Peacocks in the finals of the East regional of the men's college basketball NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

UNC vs. Duke Game Marks a Close on Coach K’s Career and a Sweet Victory for the Tar Heels

In Saturday’s Final Four March Madness game, the eighth-ranked UNC took down Duke, who is ranked second.

This loss also marks the end of Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s career after 42 years. Krzyzewski, commonly referred to as Coach K, had an astonishing overall coaching record: 1,202 wins to 368 losses. This makes him the winningest coach in NCAA Division I history. 

After the disappointing loss, Coach K commented on the sudden end to his career: “I’ve said my entire career that I wanted my seasons to end where my teams were either crying tears of joy or tears of sorrow. Because then you know they gave everything.”

Despite ending his career on a loss, Coach K will still be remembered as a stellar coach with an incredible record.

Overall, the UNC/Duke game was an exciting one, as these teams have a bitter rivalry in basketball. UNC had won 81-77 against Duke and was led by all-star Caleb Love. Love scored 28 points and sealed the deal for UNC by scoring a three-pointer in the last minute. 

As for Duke, Paolo Banchero helped the Blue Devils stay within a close distance to their opponent, with 20 points. 

In the end, the last six minutes of the game was what decided the final score. At first, both teams were tied and continued going back and forth until finally, Duke crumbled and UNC remained victorious. 

UNC will face the #1 ranked Kansas on Monday night.

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