Mike Krzyzewski will be returning to the bench for Duke’s basketball team on Saturday after missing several weeks following back surgery. Duke announced on Twitter that Coach K would return to the team for Saturday’s ACC matchup against Pitt.
The 69-year-old head coach last appeared during his team’s January 4 contest against Georgia Tech, and Jeff Capel has been acting as interim coach since his departure. The Blue Devils have gone 4-3 without their legendary coach and suffered high-profile losses to Florida State and Louisville. Duke currently sits at 17-5 (5-4 in the ACC) and has won consecutive road games against Wake Forest and Notre Dame.
A home contest against a 12-10 (1-8) Pitt team shouldn’t present much of a problem, but next Thursday the Blue Devils welcome rival North Carolina to Cameron Indoor Stadium. Coach K almost certainly wanted at least one game under his belt before having to host the Tar Heels.