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Sunday, July 14, 2024

Price of Coach K’s Final Home Game Worthy of a Legend

  • The $6,000 average price of admission is more than that of this year’s Super Bowl.
  • Arguably the greatest college basketball coach of all time forged his reputation in large part at Cameron Indoor.
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The $6,000 average price of admission for Mike Krzyzewski’s final home game is more than that of this year’s Super Bowl — a testament to his drawing power.

After all, there’s a reason Coach K’s name is on the hardwood of Cameroon Indoor: He’s arguably the greatest college basketball coach of all time — a reputation he forged in large part on that floor.

In 42 seasons, he’s 572-75 (.884) at home and has compiled a 50-46 overall record against Saturday’s opponent, rivals UNC.

  • Krzyzewski’s five national titles (12 Final Fours) are second to only John Wooden’s 10 national titles (also 12 Final Fours).
  • His 1,196 wins are the most all-time, nearly doubling Wooden (664).
  • He led Duke to 24 straight NCAA men’s tournament berths from 1996 to 2019 — the longest streak in NCAA history — and won three Olympic gold medals with Team USA.

Coach K’s annual salary ($9.7M) is the highest in college basketball. He could’ve made more in the NBA — most recently in 2010, when the Nets reportedly offered him $12-15 million. 

In any event, the all-time winningest coach in men’s college basketball has more than justified his $45 million net worth

Saturday might be his last game at Cameron, but his job isn’t over yet. The Blue Devils are the No. 4 team in the country and have the fifth-best odds to win the NCAA tournament (+1200*).

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