Why Duke basketball is happy to turn the page????

Mike Krzyzewski didn't want it to end like this

but after Duke's 94-81 loss to North Carolina in his final home game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, he seemed to be glad it was done.

"It's hard for me to believe this is over,

Krzyzewski told the crowd who'd come -- some spending $10,000 or more for a ticket -- to say goodbye. 

"So I'm just going to say the regular season's over."

This season has been long, and while Saturday wasn't the official finish line

it was, perhaps, the end of his farewell tour, and for that, he was thankful.

Krzyzewski announced his retirement last June, a decision he said he made so he could have one last season to focus solely on coaching

no recruiting, no worries about the future, just one final run for a championship.

The basketball world wasn't simply going to watch Krzyzewski, the winningest coach ever, ride off into the sunset. 

 His career required a requiem.

At some stops, there were honors. At others, emotional reunions. At North Carolina

just a month ago, there was a fitting absence of fanfare, only rival fans casting their rage onto the enemy one final time.

Then, as an afterthought, they played basketball games, and in all but four of them

Duke won.


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