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Coach K’s final home game at Duke will be unlike anything college sports has ever seen – CBS Sports

DURHAM, N.C. — Saturday will be the 1,562nd game of Mike Krzyzewski’s superlative career. 

When the ball is tipped at about 6:20 p.m. ET, so will commence the 647th and final time Krzyzewski will coach his Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium, a hallowed basketball fortress that he transformed into a living, breathing organism. Over the course of four decades, Coach K and the Cameron Crazies, in part, redefined the competitive value of home-court advantage — while also making college basketball look a lot better on television. 

Krzyzewski is the most important entity in Duke sports history, and Cameron Indoor Stadium is No. 2. On Saturday, they’ll join forces for the last time. There is no adequately preparing for this. Krzyzewski’s walked into that building thousands of times. It’s one of the most familiar and comfortable places he’s ever known. Saturday will feel different. There is no way to brace for it, so his approach makes sense. 

“Just let it happen and see what the hell happens,” he said. 

Sounds about right. It’s odd to have a crescendo-type atmosphere in the regular season, but that’s what he and Duke are heading toward. Next week’s ACC Tournament will serve as an anti-climax to whatever plays out in front of the 9,300-plus fortunate souls who get to be inside one of the country’s premier sports venues.

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In keeping balance with the universe, all of this will — all of it must — come against rival North Carolina, this being the 97th episode in which Krzyzewski will try to beat the Tar Heels; he’s done just that 50 times before. A win for Duke would top K off at 573 victories inside the Gothic basketball cathedral that has hosted dozens upon dozens of huge games and frenzied environments over its 82-year lifespan.

The 490th consecutive Cameron Indoor Stadium sellout — a streak that dates back to 1990 — will be as star-studded a college basketball event as we’ve ever seen. As of Friday morning, the expected number of Coach K’s former players, coaches and staff who will make their way back to the motherland is close to 80. 

“The first few years, I don’t think I would have predicted that any of them will be coming back,” Krzyzewski said with a smile Thursday at his final press conference before a home game in his career.

Krzyzewski doesn’t remember his first game at Duke (a 67-49 win over Stetson on Nov. 29, 1980) but he said he does remember his first home win against North Carolina from that same season. 

Considering the size of Cameron, and with some tickets on the secondary market being priced north of $10,000, it’s objectively become the toughest ticket to land in the history of basketball. No matter the final score, the scene will be unlike anything the sport has witnessed. Krzyzewski announced his retirement in early June 2021. It’s been a nine-month crest to this point. To see Krzyzewski on Thursday, it looked like the gravity of what awaits Saturday was finally sinking in.

“I’ve tried never to look in the past too much, or the future, but, you know, a little bit of thinking yesterday,” Krzyzewski said. “This is your last game. At Cameron. Like, it’s crazy. How did that happen? How is it here?”

It’s here, and on Thursday, Krzyzewski — really, for the first time this …….

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DURHAM, N.C. — Saturday will be the 1,562nd game of Mike Krzyzewski’s superlative career. 

When the ball is tipped at about 6:20 p.m. ET, so will commence the 647th and final time Krzyzewski will coach his Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium, a hallowed basketball fortress that he transformed into a living, breathing organism. Over the course of four decades, Coach K and the Cameron Crazies, in part, redefined the competitive value of home-court advantage — while also making college basketball look a lot better on television. 

Krzyzewski is the most important entity in Duke sports history, and Ca…….

DURHAM, N.C. — Saturday will be the 1,562nd game of Mike Krzyzewski’s superlative career. 

When the ball is tipped at about 6:20 p.m. ET, so will commence the 647th and final time Krzyzewski will coach his Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium, a hallowed basketball fortress that he transformed into a living, breathing organism. Over the course of four decades, Coach K and the Cameron Crazies, in part, redefined the competitive value of home-court advantage — while also making college basketball look a lot better on television. 

Krzyzewski is the most important entity in Duke sports history, and Ca…….

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