Coach K’s farewell tour: Mike Krzyzewski honored by Syracuse, Jim Boeheim before Blue Devils blow out Orange

No. 7 Duke ran its winning streak to seven games on Saturday with a 97-72 thrashing of Syracuse that brings the Blue Devils within one win of clinching at least a share of the ACC title. Duke’s 97 points marked a team high in ACC play as it torched Syracuse’s zone with a 15 of 32 mark from 3-point range.

While the game was significant for a team in the thick of a conference title race and projected as a No. 2 seed in Jerry Palm’s Bracketology, so were the pregame festivities. With Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski coaching his final game at the Carrier Dome against close friend Jim Boeheim, the Orange gave Coach K a heartfelt sendoff.

Syracuse presented Coach K with a framed photo of he and Boeheim printed on a piece of the Carrier Dome roof and announced the creation of a new scholarship in Krzyzewski’s honor. The Captain Michael William Krzyzewski Award for Leadership and Civic Engagement will go annually to a military-affiliated Syracuse student “who through their actions and aspirations embodies Coach Krzyzewski’s public and demonstrated commitment to the virtues of honor, empathy, and servant-leadership.”

Boeheim presented Krzyzewski with the photo as a crowd of 31,803 looked on. A handful of other ACC programs have offered tributes to Coach K as he’s visited their arenas for the final time this season. But Syracuse went above and beyond in its recognition of the college basketball legend.

As Krzyzewski coaches his 42nd and final season at Duke before handing the program over to associate head coach Jon Scheyer, we will update this piece with the latest tributes — and tribulations — from the farewell tour of a coaching legend.

How to watch Duke at Pittsburgh live

Date: Tuesday, March 1 | Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Petersen Events Center — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV: ACC Network | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)

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