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NCAAB - US Sports: Krzyzewski praises North Carolina rival

02 April 2022 04:57:03 EST
Mike Krzyzewski has voiced his praise for the job Hubert Davis is doing

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski says Hubert Davis has done a "magnificent" job in his first year in charge of North Carolina ahead of the meeting between the two teams in the Final Four on Saturday.

Duke are 1.90 to win with a -4 handicap in the Point Spread and North Carolina can be backed at 2.75 in the Money Line.

Krzyzewski in his final season

Krzyzewski confirmed before the campaign began that this would be his year campaign in charge of the Blue Devils after 42 seasons at the helm.

Coach K is bidding for a sixth National Championship and has guided Duke to a record 13th appearance in the Final Four.

In contrast, Davis is enjoying his first campaign in charge of North Carolina after serving as the Tar Heels assistant for nine years.

What Hubert has done in his first year is magnificent

Mike Krzyzewski

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The two teams met twice in the regular season and managed one win each, although North Carolina claimed a huge victory in their most recent clash as they ran out 94-81 winners at Duke in Krzyzewski's final home game in early March.

The Blue Devils coach has been impressed by what the 51-year-old has achieved in his first season as head coach and moved to play down any previous rivalries ahead of Saturday's semifinal clash in New Orleans.

Davis handed fulsome praise

"What Hubert has done in his first year is magnificent," said Krzyzewski, via the Las Vegas Review Journal. "I haven't looked at it as us against Carolina. I've looked at as...we're playing in the Final Four, so the history of (the rivalry) isn't what I have paid any attention to.

"It's the most amazing day in college basketball to bring four (regional) champions together and to play for another championship."

The winner of the semi-final will play either Villanova or Kansas - who meet in the earlier Final Four game on Saturday - in the Championship Game on Monday.

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