North Carolina basketball fans love them some Tyler Hansbrough.
Psycho T is a UNC legend and the Tar Heels’ answer to Duke’s Christian Laettner — the player opposing fans most love to hate. (Or Duke’s JJ Redick. Or Duke’s Grayson Allen. Or Duke’s Jon Scheyer. Or even Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski as a coach. It’s a long list.)
The Blue Devils celebrated everything Coach K on Saturday, March 5, as the Hall of Famer prepared for his last game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
After his Tar Heels upset Duke to cap off Krzyzewski’s Cameron farewell, Hansbrough decided he’d drop a little nugget of his own to pile on.
It’s just for fun, right?
Carolina upset Mike Krzyzewski’s Duke team in his final home game
An inconsistent UNC team went into Cameron Indoor and played its best game of the 2021-22 college basketball season.
Under the brightest of lights on the national stage, the Heels ran away from Duke down the stretch to earn a 94-81 win and ruin the finale of Coach K’s celebration.
Per ESPN, more than 90 former Blue Devils players were on the court for pre-game ceremonies, and most hung around to watch the game. NBA commissioner Adam Silver even made an appearance.
Prior to game time, tickets for the occasion went north of $4,000.
All the Dukies went home disappointed, though. Coach K even let his emotions get the best of him for a brief moment.
“I didn’t think I’d cry,” Krzyzewski said as he addressed the crowd via the same ESPN story. “But I did. But that’s all right, it’s all right.”
“I’m sorry about this afternoon,” he added.
Carolina fans weren’t holding back their feelings on the situation, though, and neither was Hansbrough.
UNC legend Tyler Hansbrough found an opportunity to weigh in
To preface this, Carolina’s all-time leading scorer said, “Hey, K deserves a lot of respect,” via SI.com.
But Hansbrough appeared on the ACC Network’s Parker and Durham Show (h/t SI.com) and was asked about his alma mater’s upset victory.
All he could equate Coach K’s celebration to, he explained, was an episode of the Larry David Show.
The only thing I can really compare it to — and I know I’ll take some heat for this — is Larry David, the Larry David show. This season they have a guy that goes to his funeral while he’s still alive so people can tell him how good he is. I thought it was one of those situations, I thought it was funny.Tyler Hansbrough on Mike Krzyzewski’s final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium
Only a UNC fan could make that connection.
The UNC-Duke rivalry is alive and well
UNC-Duke is on par with Yankees-Red Sox, Packers-Bears, Alabama-Auburn, and Bruins-Canadiens.
It’s the rivalry in college basketball.
The campuses are only eight miles apart down Tobacco Road and have been squaring off for nearly 100 years.
Per NCAA.com, Carolina has the third-most wins of any program in NCAA history. Duke is fourth. The two have a combined 36 Final Fours and 11 National Championships.
Hansbrough’s Tar Heels lead the series 141-115 and have the longest win streak — 16 between 1921 and 1928.
But Coach K’s Blue Devils had won four of the last six meetings heading into March 5, including two in Chapel Hill (Duke won the first game this season by 20 in the Dean Smith Center).
Whatever way you slice it, the nearly-100-year-old rivalry hasn’t lost any luster.
There have been some satisfying wins on both sides. But Hansbrough made it a point to emphasize this one was especially satisfying for Carolina.
All statistics courtesy of ESPN.com.