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Coach K’s farewell tour: No. 1 seed Duke survives ACC Tournament quarterfinal test from Syracuse

Duke nearly went one-and-done at the ACC Tournament on Thursday in its final appearance in the event under coach Mike Krzyzewski. In the end, though, the No. 1 seed Blue Devils used a late surge to beat No. 9 seed Syracuse 88-79 and advance to Friday’s semifinals. They will play the winner of Thursday afternoon’s game between No. 4 seed Miami and No. 13 seed Boston College.

Syracuse showed once again that Duke has some issues to shore up defensively before the NCAA Tournament begins next week. After allowing 94 points against North Carolina in a home loss to end the regular season, the Blue Devils allowed Syracuse forward Jimmy Boeheim to go off for 28 points on Thursday.

The Orange led 40-36 at halftime and rallied late in the second half a 79-78 lead at the 3:32 mark before fading in the end amid a one-game suspension for star

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Coach K’s farewell tour: Duke vs. North Carolina ticket prices soar for Mike Krzyzewski’s last home game

There’s always a packed house when Duke and North Carolina square off, but the historic nature of Saturday’s showdown between the rivals is sending ticket prices into overdrive. As the No. 6 Blue Devils prepare to host North Carolina in Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final home game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the cheapest ticket available for the game on Stubhub as of Friday morning were $4,699. The most expensive seats — on the floor behind one of the baskets — were $99,988 apiece.

Duke is honoring Krzyzewski and his former players on the court before the game tips at 6 p.m. ET. After the game, Coach K will return to the floor and address the crowd. With a win, Krzyzewski would improve to 573-75 all-time in the venue, and he enters with a 50-46 record against the Tar Heels during his storied 42-year career.

In addition to the historical significance

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Coach K’s farewell tour: Duke beats Florida State as Mike Krzyzewski returns for penultimate home game

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski returned to the bench for his team’s 88-70 win over Florida State on Saturday after missing the second half of Tuesday’s win over Wake Forest due to a health scare. The No. 9 Blue Devils kept stress levels down for Coach K and a raucous crowd by dismantling an injury-plagued FSU team with an 52% shooting performance. With the win, Duke improved to 23-4 (13-3 ACC) and pulled ahead of Notre Dame atop the ACC standings after the Fighting Irish fell to 12-4 in league play with a loss at Wake Forest.

Six players reached double figures for Duke on Saturday, led by 17 from Paolo Banchero. Though the Seminoles (14-12, 7-9) have been rocked by injuries during conference play, the outcome marked a bit of redemption for the Blue Devils after they lost 79-78 in the first meeting at FSU on Jan. 18. Saturday’s

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Coach K’s farewell tour: Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski ‘doing better’ after leaving early in win vs. Wake Forest

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was not on the bench during the the second half of the No. 9 Blue Devils’ 74-72 victory over Wake Forest because he was “not feeling well,” the school announced.  Krzyzewski, 75, did speak to the team after the game, however, and is “doing better,” associate head coach Jon Scheyer told media after the game.

With Krzyzewski out, Scheyer coached the team during the second half in a preview of what’s to come for the program as Krzyzewski prepares to retire after this season. It wasn’t his first time with solo command of the team this season as Coach K also missed Duke’s first win over Wake Forest on Jan. 12 with an illness.

This game was considerably more dramatic than Duke’s earlier 76-64 win over the Demon Deacons, though. Wake Forest used a late 9-0 run to tie the game at 74 with

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