Duke takes on Florida in The Jimmy V Classic tonight, which is an event that’s purpose is to raise money for cancer research. It’s also a celebration of former North Carolina State head coach Jim Valvano, who passed away in 1993.

Krzyzewski and Valvano were extremely close, and Coach K recently opened up about his friend in a conversation with Dear World. Asked if Krzyzewski remembers the last thing he said to Valvano, Coach K replies, “You know I do not remember the last thing. And the reason I don’t is because I thought he would live forever.”

Good stuff from Coach K. Purdue takes on Arizona State tonight at Madison Square Garden before the Blue Devils square off against the Gators.

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Joe Boozell has been a college basketball writer for NCAA.com since 2015. His work has also appeared in Bleacher Report, FOXSports.com and NBA.com. Joe’s claim to fame since joining NCAA.com: he’s predicted the correct national championship game twice… and picked the wrong winner both times. Growing up, Joe squared off against both Anthony Davis and Frank Kaminsky in the Chicagoland basketball scene. You can imagine how that went.