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Paolo Banchero took over for stretches of the opening 20 minutes.

Five observations from Duke men's basketball's first half against North Carolina

It is finally here. The final night in Cameron Indoor Stadium of Mike Krzyzewski's storied career, after 42 years, has arrived. With a fired-up student section and dozens upon dozens of former players in attendance, No. 4 Duke and North Carolina took the stage yet again. The Tar Heels started out strong, but Duke got it going as the first half went on, ending with a 41-39 edge at the break. Here are five observations from what went down in the initial 20 minutes.

Krzyzewski and Dean Smith battled throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

Coach K and his early days of ACC men's basketball

Today, with the vast majority of Krzyzewski’s career behind him, it’s easy to forget the beginnings that preceded the five-time national champion’s legacy. It’s easy to overlook the trials it took for him to become the winningest head coach in college basketball history—that first national title came more than 30 years ago, after all—but that wasn’t always the case.