North Carolina's upset of No. 4 Duke on Saturday was replete with heartbreak for Blue Devils fans and, after the game, controversy in the handshake line.
Following the Tar Heels' 94-81 win — in Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski's final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium — video showed Blue Devils assistant NCAA Jerseys Chris Carrawell refusing to shake hands with UNC coach Hubert Davis. Duke assistant Nolan Smith did Columbia College of Missouri Cougars clothes shake Davis' hand but appeared to look the other way while doing so.
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It's understandable that emotions would be running high among the Duke coaching staff following the loss. That said, there may be more to the behavior than simply losing the game.
Carrawell told the (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer in a postgame Notre Dame vs. USC Rivalry Gear text that Davis "did not shake our hands before the game." That fact, plus the loss, might explain why Duke coaches responded the way they did.
Moreover, an ESPN story Wednesday suggested that people within the Blue Devils' basketball program "bristled" at the fact North Carolina did not honor Coach K during his farewell tour while other ACC schools did. Krzyzewski's final trip to the Dean Smith Center — an 87-67 Blue Devils victory on Feb. 5 — did not feature any notable acknowledgement by UNC, other than a brief mention of Krzyzewski at the beginning of the game.
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Davis said he didn't understand why Carrawell brushed him off.
“I don’t Texas vs. Oklahoma Rivalry shirt know what that’s about,” Davis said. “I didn’t play against him, I don’t know him personally.”
It's worth noting that Davis played five seasons at North Carolina under Smith before becoming the 20th overall pick in the 1992 NBA Draft. He played in the NBA from 1992 to 2004 before eventually returning to UNC as an assistant. He worked under Roy Williams from 2012-21 and then succeeded Williams as head coach.
Carrawell play Brown Bears shirt FSU vs. Miami Rivalry Jerseys ed at Duke from 1996 to 2000 and returned as an assistant prior to the 2018-19 season. Smith played under Krzyzewski from 2007-11 before returning as an assistant in 2021.
Of course, this is not the first time controversy has arisen as a result of the postgame handshake line. Michigan's Juwan How Columbia University clothes ard was fined $40,000 and suspended five games — the remain WVU vs. Pitt Rivalry Jerseys der of the Wolverines' regular season — after a postgame incident at Wisconsin in which he slapped Badgers assistant Joe Krabbenhoft in the head.
Saturday's postgame handshake was absent any such violence — though the loss still stings for all Duke fans, players and, evidently, coaches.