Coach K Ties Legendary John Wooden with 12 Final Fours

Duke cut down Gonzaga 66-52.

College Basketball Today

There will never be another John Wooden in college basketball, but the same can be said about another Hall of Fame coach–Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski.

With the top-seeded Blue Devils’ 66-52 victory over No. 2 seed Gonzaga in the South Regional Finals yesterday, Coach K tied UCLA’s legendary Coach Wooden with a record twelfth Final Four berth.

“Just being with these kids and sharing this moment and this Final Four, I’m so happy, I’m so happy for them and to be with them,” Coach K said. “I love my team. … They’re taking me to Indy, which is kind of neat.”

The young Blue Devils team, which starts three freshman, played like savvy veterans in the South Region and will roll into Indianapolis to face Tom Izzo, making his seventh Final Four, and the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday afternoon.

Playing in front of his hometown crowd in Houston, Duke’s fabulous freshman Justise Winslow recovered from an early rolled ankle and tallied 16 points in the decisive victory. “Coach has been to however many Final Fours, but this is his first one with this group, and that’s what means the most,” Winslow said. “Living in this moment, living right now.”

The Blue Devils are heading back to Indy.

The Blue Devils are heading back to Indy.

In 2010, the last time the Blue Devils went to the Final Four they were the top-seed in the South and went through Houston.  Coach K and that Duke squad also cut the nets down in Indianapolis after defeating Butler.

Will Coach K and the Blue Devils cut the nets down again inside Lucas Oil Stadium on Monday night?

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