for the first time since retire from college basketballCoach Mike Krzyzewski attended a Duke basketball game.
Coach K was on hand Tuesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium when the Duke Blue Devils defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish68-64.
Krzyzewski and his wife, Mickie, sat courtside to watch the game for the first time since the legendary coach ended his career last April.
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Krzyzewski retired after losing to North Carolina in the Final Four, and as a winner of 1,202 games and five nationals championships after 47 years of training.
He has largely stayed away from the show as a former Duke player Jon Scheyer he has coached his first season of college basketball.
His return to Durham, North Carolina, was nearly ruined by a notre dame team who cut their deficit to just two points with 1:25 remaining in the game after trailing by as many as 14.
But Kyle Filipowski scored 22 points as Scheyer became the first ACC men’s coach to win his first 13 home games.
«For him to be here tonight, you know it’s special to me,» Scheyer said after the game. «I’ve been in so many battles and games here with him. With him right next to me. I don’t know how he felt sitting there instead of on the bench. But it means a lot. His support. He’s been amazing all this year, throughout this whole process. I just wanted to make sure we got the win while he was here.»
The Blue Devils have struggled to repeat the success of the Duke team of last year, going 18-8 and 9-6 in conference play.
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Duke entered Tuesday’s game riding a two-game losing streak, losing games to Miami and Virginia last week.
The loss to the Cavaliers was particularly brutal, with the ACC admitting the the referees failed at the end of regulation that would have given Duke two chances to win in the top 10.
Duke’s Filipowski cut to the basket with 1.2 seconds remaining in the second half and the game tied 58-58, receiving the ball on the inside pass and going up for the dunk.
He was met at the edge by two Cavaliers defenders, and the officials called a foul when time expired.
After review, it was determined that the foul occurred after the clock reached 0.0, sending the game into overtime, with the Cavaliers winning, 69-62.
On Saturday night, the ACC said the referees made an «incorrect adjudication of the rules of the game.»
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«Virginia’s Ryan Dunn was called for a foul on a shot attempt by Duke’s Kyle Filipowski as time expired,» the ACC said. «After review of the play by the officials, it was determined that the foul committed occurred after the clock reached 0.0. However, the play should have resulted in two free throws for Duke.»