Duke beats Wisconsin 68-63 to win national title

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – It’s John Wooden and Mike Krzyzewski.

Coach K won his fifth national championship Monday night with a 68-63 victory over Wisconsin. Only Wooden, who won an incredible 10 at UCLA, is above Krzyzewski on the list of champions.

When the buzzer sounded and No. 5 was official, Krzyzewski turned toward his bench with his hands high above his head. Then came the rush of assistant coaches – all former Duke players – for a group hug that included jumping up and down just like the players he led to a 35-4 record.

He didn’t have to run around the court looking for someone to hug like Jim Valvano did in 1983 when North Carolina State shocked the college basketball world. Players ran toward Krzyzewski and one by one they got hugs, hard hugs, the kind of hugs men give each other after a hard-fought win that meant history.

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