No.8 Duke will be without a head coach on Wednesday night against Wake Forest.
In what would have been his last practice match at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Mike Krzyzewski will miss No.8 Duke against Wake Foest due to an illness unrelated to COVID, the team announced. The university has also confirmed that assistant coach Jon Scheyer will serve as interim coach for the game against the Demon Deacons.
The Hall of Fame will retire at the end of the season with Scheyer chosen as Coach K’s successor. This will be the second time Krzyzewski has handed over the keys to Scheyer in the past two seasons. After one of Krzyzewski’s family members tested positive for COVID-19 in January 2021, Coach K was forced to self-quarantine.
Scheyer assisted the Blue Devils to the 83-82 victory over Boston College on Jan.6, 2021.
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In his 42 seasons with the Blue Devils schedule, Krzyzewski is 57-28 against Wake Forest and 18-12 at the Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He recorded an 86-60 win, his last, against the Demon Deacons on February 17, 2021.
Duke postponed two games in December as the program battled an endemic COVID-19 outbreak. Since returning from the short break, the Blue Devils have recorded a 67-57 victory over Georgia Tech and suffered a narrow 76-74 loss to Miami.
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Duke will look to get back on track on Wednesday with Scheyer expected to lean on rookie Paolo Banchero, who leads the team with 17.3 points and 7.5 rebounds. On the other hand, the Demon Deacons (13-3) have won seven straight wins and 13 of 14 at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum this season.