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Coach K
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Coach K
Paintings Honoring Coach K to be Unveiled Saturday
Thursday 03/01/2013  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA®) and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) are celebrating 75 years of March Madness by commissioning one-of-a-kind paintings celebrating each of the national championship coaches who led their teams into history. Paintings honoring Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and the 1991, 1992, 2001 and 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship-winning Duke Blue Devil teams will be unveiled during Saturday’s game against Miami.

The original art pieces, designed and painted by world-renowned artist, Opie Otterstad, are part of a collection of 75 individual paintings, one for each of the 75 national championships from 1939 through 2013. The pieces, honoring Coach Krzyzewski, will be publicly unveiled at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday, March 2, during pregame activities and will be on display on the concourse during the second half. The original pieces of art will then be auctioned online starting March 2 at NCAA.com/Art.  Two hundred fifty (250) limited edition reproductions will also be made available for purchase via the same website on the same date. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the NABC Foundation, which supports Ticket to Reading Rewards (TTRR), the College Basketball Experience (CBE), and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.  

“We’re pleased to celebrate the crowning achievements of the coaches who have guided their teams to championships over the past 75 years,” said Jim Haney, executive director of the NABC. “This collection of artwork will serve as a unique and permanent reminder of these coaches’ accomplishments on the court and their incredible contributions to the game of basketball.”

“Coach Krzyzewski is among the greatest coaches and teachers in the history of college basketball,” said Dan Gavitt, NCAA vice president of men’s basketball. “The NCAA and Duke University are eternally grateful for his impact on the lives of his student-athletes and are thrilled to honor his place in the tradition of March Madness with these paintings.”

For complete information about the art program and the other NCAA programs celebrating 75 years of March Madness, visit www.ncaa.com/art and www.ncaa.com/march-madness.

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