UNC, Duke join together to hold moment of silence for Dean Smith
Duke and North Carolina form perhaps the most heated rivalry in all of college hoops. But with the season winding down and with both teams sporting rankings, the No. 15 Tar Heels and No. 4 Blue Devils came together before Wednesday night’s thrilling Duke win at Cameron Indoor Stadium to honor the late Dean Smith.
Shortly before the national anthem, players and coaches for both teams walked to center court. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski hugged fellow Hall of Famer Roy Williams of UNC and the teams knelt together around the midcourt circle for a moment of silence for Smith, the Hall of Fame Tar Heels coach who died earlier this month at age 83.
A very touching moment of silence at Cameron Indoor for the legendary Dean Smith. pic.twitter.com/a59biYjtacArticle continues below ...
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Here are a couple more looks at the touching tribute:
Both teams gathered at center court to honor the legendary Dean Smith with a moment of silence. pic.twitter.com/04nubm2Fns
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Scenes from the moment of silence for Dean Smith… pic.twitter.com/RYrSnC4PRB
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Many Duke students and fans also wore dark blue shirts bearing Smith’s first name in honor of the coach, who retired in October 1997 as the winningest coach in men’s Division I basketball history with 879 wins in 36 seasons. Krzyzewski has since surpassed that mark and now holds the record for most men’s D-1 coaching wins.
But head-to-head, it was a different story, Smith holding a 24-14 advantage in games he faced off against Krzyzewski.
— The Associated Press contributed to this report.