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The 1980-81 season was Mike Krzyzewski’s first as the head coach of the Duke men’s basketball team. The little-known coach had spent the five previous seasons at Army and Tobacco Road was squarely in the hands of already legendary UNC coach Dean Smith. Coach K has since cemented his reputation as one of the greatest coaches in NCAA history, but had to do it without one Michael Jordan, to whom he wrote this letter after Jordan opted for Smith, Carolina and the Tar Heels.
If you are a fan of a team that plays basketball in Indiana, there is a good chance last night was a banner night for you, for what happened at both the college and pro levels. What exactly do we mean? Well, if you are a fan of one of those teams, you probably know already, but if you don’t, join us as we break down last night’s action.
Well, the Lakers finally have a permanent coach on the bench again. Mike D’Antoni debuted last night. How’d he do? Well, unless you were up until around 1 a.m. Estern time tracking the results, you don’t know. That’s where we come in. That’s right: it’s time to break down last night in the world of sports via our ongoing feature, “What The Hell Happened Last Night?” Enough intro – let’s answer our own question now.
Depending on whether you’re a fan of the UNC Tar Heels or not, Tyler Hansbrough is either one of the most loved or hated college basketball players of the last 10 years. So, again, depending on whether or not you’re a Tar Heels fan, this latest news about his mom will either discourage or delight you. Details, after the jump.
Today in “news you probably expected but is still significant now that it’s official”: when North Carolina tips off against Ohio at 7:47 Eastern, it’ll be doing so without point guard Kendall Marshall. Marshall, of course, broke his wrist in the Tar Heels’
second “third”-round win over Creighton last weekend, and had surgery on it shortly thereafter. Starting in Marshall’s place will be freshman Stilman White.
Currently, UNC-Duke bragging rights belong with UNC after the Tar Heels dispatched the Blue Devils 88-70 on Saturday. And UNC’s student government took full advantage of these bragging rights… maybe a little too much.
Tonight at 7pm, one of sport’s most storied rivalries will take center stage, as Duke and North Carolina will battle for the ACC regular season title in Cameron Indoor Stadium. As such, ESPN’s College GameDay is coming live to you from Cameron — and the Crazies are making their presence felt already. Video, after the jump.
The best assorted links from across the web (and what you should watch on TV tonight) for Thursday, February 9. This edition brought to you by the ridiculous amounts of money people spend during the Super Bowl. If you’d like to see something on SportsGrid, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. SportsNation poll screencap via Reddit. After the jump, our starting five.