Mike Krzyzewski praises Armando Bacot after Final Four classic: 'You were my Player of the Year'
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski took a moment to embrace North Carolina center Armando Bacot after UNC’s Final Four victory.
Bacot finished with 11 points and 21 rebounds and briefly exited the game with an injured ankle. However, he was able to return with 4:36 remaining and made an impact down the stretch.
“I hope you’re OK, man,” Krzyzewski told Bacot, according to CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander. “You were my player of the year.”
K just approached Armando Bacot before going to media availability and said, “I hope you’re OK, man. You were my player of the year.” pic.twitter.com/KnRV3pYNZT
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) April 3, 2022
Krzyzewski is presumably referring to a hotly-contested ACC Player of the Year race, which was ultimately won by Wake Forest guard Alondes Williams.
Bacot’s double-double on Saturday night was his 30th of the season. That breaks a tie with former Wake Forest (and San Antonio Spurs) legend Tim Duncan. If he gets another double-double vs. Kansas, he’ll tie David Robinson for the Division I record.
North Carolina needs Bacot to be healthy and effective if it is going to have a chance to upset Kansas on Monday night. The Jayhawks opened as 4-point favorites. Tipoff is at 9:20 p.m. ET.