What is Coach K’s record vs. UNC?

Mike Krzyzewski will practice in his final game between Duke and North Carolina on Saturday, looking to improve on his record of 50-47 against rivals Tar Heels.

One of the biggest storylines of the Final Four is the first-ever NCAA tournament meeting between Duke and North Carolina. The clash is full of stories, including the potential for the Tar Heels to end Mike Krzyzewski’s legendary career in defeat just weeks after they ruined Coach K’s last home game with a 94-81 win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

This result split the relay series between the Blue Devils and Tar Heels and set the stage for that season’s Final Four Showdown rubber match. It’s also the last time Coach K will ever go head-to-head with the Tar Heels. So what does that 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 goes into this game with an all-time 50-47 record against North Carolina, ensuring he will end his career with a winning record against the Blue Devils’ greatest rival. However, the stakes of this particular game make the difference between a 51-47 record and a massive 50-48.

North Carolina fans would have the ultimate right to brag about Duke fans if the Tar Heels could end Coach K’s career with a loss in the first-ever NCAA tournament match between the rivals, the humiliation at Cameron Indoor Stadium comes along. A loss in that game would also ensure North Carolina head coach Hubert Davis would win a career 2-1 win over Krzyzewski and create a rare opponent to take the Hall of Famer in head-to-head surpassed results.

A big part of the earlier loss was the historical pressure Duke players faced to win Coach K in a game that was heavily hyped and attended by many Duke alumni as well as celebrities. That experience could prove valuable if Coach K wants that last laugh against North Carolina before retiring.

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John Verrall

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