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North Carolina Wins the Battle of Tobacco Road, Retiring Krzyzewski

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On the first day of practise, Hubert Davis placed a snapshot of the Caesars Superdome, venue of this year's men's Final Four.

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It was a strong statement for a first-year head coach, especially one taking over a storied program from Roy Williams, one of college basketball’s most successful coaches.

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But Davis seemed to picture a scenario in which North Carolina would win the national championship, even if it meant facing off against Duke.

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North Carolina guard R.J. Davis: “It just shows how much confidence he had in us at the start of the year.”

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"He informed us that if we're going to be in this situation, we might as well tell our parents to book their flights to New Orleans immediately."

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North Carolina versus Duke has long been one of college basketball's most storied rivalries, with fans so devoted that even regular-season games have championship atmospheres.

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During Coach Mike Krzyzewski's final home game as the pilot of this historic Duke programme, North Carolina played spoiler, a loss Krzyzewski called “unacceptable” in an effort to push his squad for a postseason run.

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North Carolina defeated Duke 81-77 on Saturday night, ending Krzyzewski's college coaching career as if by script.

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 Duke centre Mark Williams missed a pair of free throws that would have given the Blue Devils the lead, and NC's Caleb Love responded with a 3-pointer.

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Few people will recall Love missing his first five shots of the game or going 15 minutes without scoring a point.

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