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Krzyzewski ties Knight record with Saturday's win

Posted on: November 12, 2011 6:37 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2011 6:42 pm
 
By Jeff Goodman

It couldn't have set up any better.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski will go into Tuesday night's Champions Classic - a three-year round-robin event that also includes national powers Kentucky, Kansas and Michigan State - with an opportunity to make history.

With a victory at Madison Square Garden against Michigan State, Coach K will become the NCAA Division 1 all-time winningest coach.

Krzyzewski, whose team suffered a close call on Friday night in a one-point win over Belmont, tied Bob Knight's record of 902 on Saturday afternoon with a convincing win over Presbyterian.

Now he'll have a chance to make history with a win over Michigan State and another future Hall of Famer, Tom Izzo.

While Izzo's Spartans aren't ranked and are coming off a loss to top-ranked North Carolina at the Carrier Classic on Friday, this isn't exactly a layup for Coach K and the Blue Devils.

Krzyzewski will have a chance to break his old coach's mark in New York City with the nation watching. If it doesn't happen, it'll likely occur at home against Davidson four days later.

It's inevitable, but it would be cool for him to do it on Tuesday night in an event that was created to give a much-needed jolt to the start of the college basketball season.

The 64-year-old Krzyzewski, whose career mark is 902-284, has a chance to shatter the record if he goes another five or so years - as many close to him expect to be the case.

"He wants to put it out of reach," said one Coach K confidant.

Coach K moved into exclusive company - one that includes only John Wooden and Adolph Rupp - when he won his fourth national title a couple years ago.

He won't ever catch Wooden's 10 national championships, but the same may be said for his win total - when K ultimately decides to call it a career.

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douggie
Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 9:12 am
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Since: Sep 20, 2008
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Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:07 am
 

Krzyzewski ties Knight record with Saturday's win

Douggie - You are correct, he has taken Duke to the next level.  No argument there.

Look no further than Chump Hill to find the easiest OOC schedule ever. Elon? Tenneessee State?  Appalachian State? Nicholls State? Monmouth, Evansville? Wow, murderer's row.

Yes, I know.  I hate those games too, but we play most of them because there are former alumni coaching those games and Roy wants to reward those coaches. 

As for meeting "K" and Mickie, I can tell you that was the first time I ever heard someone cuss out an autograph seeker at a charity golf tournament because he was wearing a UNC hat.  The sad part of it, is that the poor kid went to Duke for his graduate work.  He lost an alum as a fan that day and the rest of us stood there in stunned silence.  Class act.



Since: Oct 21, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:16 am
 

Krzyzewski ties Knight record with Saturday's win

I'm not sure how you weigh this but how does winning a national championships from the 60's-70's compare to winning one today?  I know the field was smaller, it was harder to make the tourney but easier to probably win it.   Was there as much parity? Probably not.  Just a thought.


douggie
Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 9:56 am
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Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2011 9:04 pm
 

Krzyzewski ties Knight record with Saturday's win

I love the HATERS keep it coming



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2011 9:03 pm
 

MrJama

I read the Grand Jury report, I don't believe Paterno understood what was going on.  If you read through the history of Mrqueary's allegations and responses including the Grand Jury testimony (BTW- notice the GRand jury didn't cite mcqueary's actual statements'..they paraphrase and generalize his testimony...hearsay) i think you will see the actions of everyone involve make no sense....you know why?  Because McQueary couldn't have actually seen what it appears he saw..he must have heard and assumed. I believe the stenographer either misinterpreted him or....or he changed his story from 2002 to 2010...  It makes no sense otherwise.  This is the only plausible explanation of why nobody's story's checks out..
McQueary is paying the price for it now though...had he just thoroughly explained what happened and been consistent...his name would not be tarnished...nor would JoePA. 



Since: Nov 13, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 8:56 pm
 

Krzyzewski ties Knight record with Saturday's win

Congrats to Coach K.



Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 8:55 pm
 

Krzyzewski ties Knight record with Saturday's win

And your point is exactly what Super Gnat?? That every single game on the schedule should be a top 25 game. I think it is impossible to accomplish that but I know UNC was able to, right?? A little jealous of a rival coach? If you say not, you would be considerd a liar, liar pants on fire! Give credit where it is due, Duke and UNC both play many tough teams throughout the year. I think Duke is in the Maui which is rated the toughest tournament this year. Now if you want to rip on some top tier programs for weak schedules, I think you could do some research and come up with plenty who do not have nearly the schedule that the Devils do this year. Just saying?!?!


Dude - relax.  I say the same thing when we play them too.  I wasn't trying to downplay Coach K's achievement.  I hate it when big time programs play cup cakes because they gain nothing from it.  Only the risk of injury.  We played UNC-Asheville today in Asheville.  The only reason for it was that they were christening a new arena and we helped them with a little bit of history.  Had Marshall gotten hurt, I would be really p*ss'd. 

On the ohter side of that (now the downplay of the achievement), "K" coached when the NCAA tournament was already at 48 teams.  There are plenty of outstanding coaches that did not have the benefit of easy entry to the tournament.  When I was in college, he was if jeapordy of losing his job.  Nice recovery, but it's not like he came out of the gate winning championships.  Plus, if you had ever met him and his wife in person, you might understand why some folks here don't care for him.



Since: Aug 22, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2011 4:34 pm
 

Krzyzewski ties Knight record with Saturday's win

He won't ever catch Wooden's 10 national championships, but the same may be said for his win total - when K ultimately decides to call it a career.

Coach Krzyzewski will have his own legendary status as the all-time wins leader.  He will be fine to have achieved with the greats like John Wooden and Adolph Rupp.  His accomplishments all ready put him in rae company above Dean Smith, Roy Williams and now Bob Knight.  The only living coach to come near or exceed his accomplishments is Pat Summit in Women's CBB.   

Coach is going to retire so far out in front that maybe Jamie Dixon or a younger coach might catch him in 40 yrs.

Congrats Coach K and all the Army and Duke players that made this possible.


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