UNC and Kansas advance to NCAA men’s basketball championship as Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski’s legendary career comes to an end

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski walks off the court after losing to the North Carolina Tar Heels in the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Final Four semifinal at Caesars Superdome Saturday in New Orleans.
CNN  — 

UNC will play Kansas in the NCAA men’s basketball championship game after defeating Duke 81-77 Saturday night in the Final Four.

The win by No. 8 seed North Carolina effectively ends Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s legendary career.

In a back-and-forth thriller, Tar Heels guard Caleb Love finished with 28 points, while center Armando Bacot added 11 points and 21 rebounds. Blue Devils’ freshman forward Paolo Banchero had 20 points and 10 rebounds.

The Tar Heels look to win the program’s seventh NCAA title, the last one coming in 2017.

Last year, Krzyzewski announced he would retire at the end of the 2021-2022 college basketball season. Duke associate coach and former Blue Devils player Jon Scheyer will take over as head coach next season.

Following the game Saturday, Krzyzewski said he’s focused on his team, noting some players were crying on the court.

“As a coach, I’m just concerned about these guys. … And I mean that’s the only thing you can think about,” he said.