Mike Krzyzewski shares how Duke will approach emotional Final Four game vs. North Carolina
Duke and North Carolina are preparing to meet for the third time this season. And, importantly, it’s the first-ever NCAA Tournament meeting for this historic rivalry.
Duke might also have revenge on its mind after losing to North Carolina at home earlier this month.
But Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski told reporters on Tuesday that Duke’s focus won’t be on getting “payback” for UNC’s stunning win in Durham back on March 5.
“You can’t go into the Final Four thinking rivalry, payback, any of those things,” Krzyzewski said, adding that winning the National Championship is always at the forefront.
Coach K on if there's anything he can learn from the last Cameron game and apply to Saturday: "You can't go into the Final Four thinking rivalry, payback, any of those things."
Says you have to go in saying, I want to win a championship.
— Brendan Marks (@BrendanRMarks) March 29, 2022
However, Duke finding redemption for that painful loss to its arch rival will certainly be a storyline this week. North Carolina spoiled Krzyzewski’s final home game and tainted a postgame ceremony that was supposed to act as a joyous sendoff in front of Duke’s home fans.
This is a record-breaking 13th Final Four appearance for Krzyzewski, who broke a tie with John Wooden over the weekend. Krzyzewski also has a record 101 NCAA Tournament wins in his career.
Duke and UNC will tipoff shortly after the conclusion of Villanova-Kansas on Saturday.