Coach K’s storied career is over.
North Carolina played the ultimate villain again, stunning archrival and No. 2 seed Duke, 81-77, in the Final Four on Saturday at Caesars Superdome before a crowd of 70,602.
Caleb Love’s dagger three-pointer with 28 seconds left, followed by a free throw, gave the No. 8 seeded North Carolina a four-point lead and helped them pull off the upset. Trevor Keels’ free throw with 10.4 seconds left made it 79-77 before Love (28 points) drained a pair of free throws to solidify the victory.
North Carolina (29-9) advanced to Monday’s national championship to meet Kansas and ended Mike Krzyzewski’s storied career and a chance at winning a sixth title. They had previously spoiled Coach K’s final home game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 5. Mike Krzyzewski is now officially retired, and assistant Jon Scheyer is Duke’s new head coach.