Instead of Feb. 14, the first edition of the 2013 Tobacco Road rivalry will take place on Feb. 13, Mike Krzyzewski's birthday. Credit: Tim Lee.
Here at the N&O, we were all ready to go for the first Duke vs. UNC Valentine’s Day date since 1945. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be, but Mike Krzyzewski will, for the first time in his life, get to spend his birthday coaching against the Tar Heels.
While at Duke, Krzyzewski has coached on his birthday 11 times. Considering that Feb. 13 is in the middle of conference play, I would have expected it to happen more often. Anyway, Duke is 7-4 on that date, and all of the Blue Devils struggles have come courtesy of one team.
Not only are the Demon Deacons the only team to beat Krzyzewski on his birthday, but they’ve done it four times. All but the 1982 matchup (in Krzyzewski’s 2nd year) came in upset fashion, with the real stunner coming in 1994, as the unranked Demon Deacons knocked off No. 2 Duke.
Perhaps Jeff Bzdelik should see what it would take to make the Feb. 13 Duke vs. Wake Forest game a permanent fixture.
Feb. 13, 2011 at Miami: 81-71 W
Feb. 13, 2010 vs. Maryland: 77-56 W
Feb. 13, 2008 vs. Maryland: 77-65 W
Feb. 13, 2003 at Wake Forest: 94-80 L, 2 OT
Feb. 13, 1999 vs. Wake Forest: 102-71 W
Feb. 13, 1994 at Wake Forest: 78-69 L
Feb. 13, 1993 vs. Wake Forest: 98-86 L
Feb. 13, 1991 vs. Davidson: 74-29 W
Feb. 13, 1988 at Maryland: 90-82 W
Feb. 13, 1985 vs. Stetson: 94-51 W
Feb. 13, 1982: vs. Wake Forest: 86-71 L
(for the record, Army does not track the date of games with its all-time results)