Coach K Coaches His Final Game at Cameron Indoor

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By Jenna Lewis, Staff Writer

Duke, arguably the most well-known NCAA basketball program in the country, led by debated “Mr. Nice guy,” Mike Krzyzewski, played in a huge game against their biggest rivals, North Carolina.

On March 5, Naismith Hall of Fame coach, five-time national champion, and 12-time final four participants, Mike Krzyzewski, lost a tough game against North Carolina. Despite this loss, Krzyzewski still holds the record for the most games won in Division I Men’s Basketball coaching history. Not only was this one of Duke’s biggest games of the year, but it was Coach K’s final home game coaching at Cameron Indoor after 42-years. More than 90 former Duke players were in attendance that night, including Christian Laettner, Grant Hill, Elton Brand, Jay Williams, and JJ Redick.

Eight hours before tip-off, fans lined up at the arena just waiting to get in. Some even camped out for days just waiting in the line! Ticket-holders claim they could have easily sold their tickets for over $5,000 that day. On VividSeats, the tickets were on sale for upward of $10,000!

Senior Becky Jenkins says, “I love Duke, and Coach K obviously, but that is a lot of money to pay for a ticket to a college basketball game.”

Despite these expenses, the  Cameron Crazies, Dukes fan section, definitely came ramped up for the game. While the game was emotional as ever, people describe the stadium as hype and rambunctious as well. As Krzyzewski was announced, the 75-year old legend walked through a tunnel formed by former players from one corner of the baseline to halfcourt, as the crowd roared.

Senior Shannon Tighe says, “The love from the crowd was so heart-warming. It’s so amazing to see the impact Coach K had on so many people.”

Post-game, Krzyzewski says, “I’m sorry about this afternoon. It’s unacceptable. Today was unacceptable, but the season has been very acceptable. And I’ll tell you, the season isn’t over.” Instead of dwelling on the game, Coach K reassured the crowd about the bright future ahead for his team.

“We need to fight for Duke. We need to fight for the brotherhood. And we need to fight with all of our might through the remainder of the season. Then, I’ll be ready to get the hell out of here” he continued.

This week, the Blue Devils will begin their ACC tournament play, and hopefully, make it far in the March Madness tournament to get a ring for Coach K.