Basketball World Reacts To Final Matchup Between Coach K And Tom Izzo

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Sunday’s NCAA Tournament game between Michigan State and Duke represents a chance for one storied college basketball program to advance to the Sweet 16.

It also marks the final meeting between two legendary head coaches.

Mike Krzyzewski is coaching his final season in Durham. The future Hall of Famer has a laundry list of accomplishment.

In 42 seasons with the Blue Devils, Coach K has been named ACC Coach of the Year five times. He’s led Duke to 38 NCAA Tournaments, 12 Final Fours, and five national titles. Krzyzewski belongs on the Mount Rushmore of college basketball coaches.

Coach K is hoping to keep his final season alive, but a familiar foe is standing in the way.

Over the years, he’s formed a healthy rivalry with Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo. Izzo has been with the Spartans for 27 seasons, leading the team to eight Final Fours and one national championship.

In that time, the two coaches have faced off 15 times. Number 16 will be the last.

Basketball World Reacts To Final Matchup Between Coach K, Izzo

Coach K has gotten the best of Izzo over the years. He’s posted a 12-3 record against the Spartans with Izzo at the helm.

These two coaches have met six times in postseason play, the most NCAA Tournament matchups between a pair of college coaches all time.

With a matchup of this magnitude, the basketball world is taking notice.

One of these coaches will leave with a win to advance to the next round of the Big Dance. The other will go out a loser in their final matchup.