DURHAM, Nc (WRIC) – Duke University Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski is leaving Cameron’s indoor stadium for the last time with a defeat against a competitor at the University of North Carolina Tarkhills, 94-81.
Tarkhils forward Brady Manick led his team in points and rebounds with 20 and 11 respectively. Freshman forward Paolo Banchera led the Dukes with 23 points, and center Mark Williams – 13 in rebounds.
The Duke Blue Devils № 4 entered tonight’s seven-game winning streak and at the end of their best season since 2019, when they won the ACC Championship and made it the elite eight in the NCAA tournament.
After a disappointing 2020-2021 season in which the Dukes had a 9-9 conference record and ended up with the worst rankings since he took over as head coach in 1980, Krzyzewski announced that this year would be his last on 2 June.
Krzyzewski is retiring as one of the most fruitful coaches in the history of basketball. He is the coach with the most wins in the history of men’s basketball in the NCAA Division I, and was the first coach of the Men’s Division I to achieve 1,000 wins. Under Krzyzewski’s leadership, the Dukes won five national titles and 15 ACC championships – and had an overall record of 1123-307.
Krzyzewski won three gold medals at the Olympics as the head coach of the United States men’s national team, and was an assistant coach at Dream Team, the legendary U.S. Olympic team that won gold at the 1992 Games in Barcelona.