Trainer history and records against each other

Mike Krzyzewski has been coaching at Duke for over 40 years, but how have he and the North Carolina coaches fared?

The legendary rivalry between Duke and North Carolina will be the focus of this weekend’s Final Four, drawing much media coverage and groans from neutral party fans across the country. The truth is, there isn’t a major event on the sports calendar right now, especially given that the first-ever NCAA tournament meeting between the bitter rivals could be the last game Mike Krzyzewski ever coaches.

Krzyzewski’s arrival in 1980 really took the Duke-UNC rivalry to new heights, and he’s had plenty of hits against the Tar Heels over the years. North Carolina has had many great coaches to compete against Krzyzewski and Duke, including Hall of Famers Dean Smith and Roy Williams, a status current Tar Heels boss Hubert Davis hopes to one day achieve.

How have the trainers of this rivalry fared against their rivals in modern times? Let’s look at each head coach’s record since Smith and Krzyzewski defeated the other program.

How did Duke’s head coaches fare against UNC?

The lion’s share of those games belongs to Krzyzewski, who has amassed a 50-47 record against the Tar Heels since 1980. The only other Duke coach to serve in that span was Pete Gaudet, who went 2-0 to North Carolina on serve. In 1995, he became interim coach while coach K was sidelined after complications from back surgery.

How did UNC’s head coaches fare against Duke?

We start with Smith, who defeated Duke 59-35 on aggregate and 24-14 in a head-to-head with Krzyzewski.

Smith was succeeded in 1997 by Bill Guthridge, who won two of his first three encounters against the Blue Devils before losing four in a row to end his tenure with a 2-5 record against Duke.

Matt Daugherty replaced Guthridge in 2000 and actually won his first game against Duke before losing the next five, getting fired after the 2002-03 season and leaving with a 1-5 record against Duke.

Roy Williams came in and was the longest-serving coach to work against Krzyzewski since Smith. The Tar Heels went 18-22 against the Blue Devils during William’s tenure, which ended with his retirement last season.

Davis is now in charge at Chapel Hill and has shared his first two games with Krzyzewski. A win on Saturday will ensure Davis closes out with a winning record against Coach K, a feat unmatched by any other UNC coach since Smith.

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John Verrall

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