Coach K gets emotional about ‘surreal’ final Duke home game during new episode of ‘Basketball and Beyond’

On a new episode of ‘Basketball and Beyond with Coach K,’ Mike Krzyzewski looks back on Saturday night’s loss to North Carolina — his final home game with Duke.

Jackie Kolgraf
March 7, 2022

Duke head coach Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski reveals how he felt about his final home game — where Duke lost to rival North Carolina 94-81 at Cameron Indoor Stadium — on a new episode of his exclusive SiriusXM show, Basketball and Beyond with Coach K. The full episode premieres on ESPNU Radio (Ch. 84) on March 7 at 6pm ET. Catch replays on March 9 at 11pm ET, March 10 at 1am ET, March 11 at 11pm ET, and March 12 at 11pm ET, or you can stream it on the SXM App now.

“I’m still emotioned out,” Coach K tells his co-host Dave Sims. “Again, and we did not play well against North Carolina. North Carolina played great. It was surreal, really.”

He continues to explain that the buildup ahead of Saturday night felt immense, and the outpouring of support came as a surprise. “I never anticipated anything. It was more like a thank-you, you know,” he explains. “So appreciative, but it — it’s really… I can’t put into words, Dave.”

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Unfortunately, his team’s performance fell short on such a momentous night. “We weren’t able to translate that to a performance that was at the level of that,” he says. “And we needed it because Carolina was that good.”

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