Mike Krzyzewski is set to coach in his final Duke-North Carolina game on Saturday, seeking to improve on his all-time record of 50-47 vs. the rival Tar Heels.
One of the biggest storylines from the Final Four is the first-ever NCAA Tournament meeting between Duke and North Carolina. The matchup is filled with storylines, including the potential of seeing the Tar Heels end Mike Krzyzewski’s legendary career with a loss just weeks after ruining Coach K’s final home game with a 94-81 win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
That result ensured a split of the season series between the Blue Devils and Tar Heels, setting up the Final Four showdown as this season’s rubber match. It is also the final time that Coach K will ever square off with the Tar Heels, so what does it mean for his overall record against Duke’s bitter rival?
What is Coach K’s all-time record against UNC?
The good news for Duke fans is that Krzyzewski enters this game with a 50-47 record all-time against North Carolina, ensuring that he will finish his career with a winning record against the Blue Devils’ biggest rival. The stakes of this specific game, however, make the difference between a 51-47 record and 50-48 massive.
North Carolina fans would have ultimate bragging rights over Duke fans if the Tar Heels can end Coach K’s career with a loss in the first-ever NCAA Tournament matchup between the rivals to go along with the Cameron Indoor Stadium humiliation. A loss in this game would also ensure that North Carolina head coach Hubert Davis would be 2-1 against Krzyzewski in his career, creating a rare opponent that has outdone the Hall of Famer in head-to-head results.
A big part of the earlier loss was the historic pressure that Duke’s players were facing to deliver a win for Coach K in a game that had been heavily hyped and attended by plenty of Duke alumni along with celebrities. That experience could prove valuable if Coach K wants to get the last laugh against North Carolina before he retires.