Duke and North Carolina take handshake pettiness to a new level

Basketball guys can be little people sometimes.

Duke assistant coach Chris Carrawell refused to shake hands with UNC head coach Hubert Davis in the postgame line.

Note that another Duke assistant who also played for the Blue Devils, Nolan Smith, appeared to deliberately look away as Davis approached (although they shook hands).

Davis, a former UNC player who played more than a dozen seasons in the NBA, told The News & Observer he didn’t understand Carrawell’s snub.

“I don’t know what it is,” Davis said. “I haven’t played against him, I don’t know him personally.”

But Carrawell told the newspaper it was revenge after Davis “didn’t shake our hands before the game”.

However, the N&O noted that before the game, Davis was not yet on the sidelines when Duke staff entered Cameron Indoor Stadium when coaches typically exchange pregame handshakes. However, he and Coach K shook hands before the start.

At least no coach gave a punch, as Michigan’s Juwan Howard did recently in the handshake line after losing to Wisconsin. He was suspended for the remainder of the regular season.


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