If there’s any arena not named Cameron Indoor Stadium where it’s appropriate for Mike Krzyzewski to claim a milestone win, it’s New York’s Madison Square Garden. He played there during his own college basketball playing career at Army in the late 1960s. He’s won 25 games there as Duke’s coach, including claiming his 903 career win on Nov. 25, 2011, to become Division I men’s college basketball’s all-time wins leader.
Mike Krzyzewski has 999 wins in his 40-year coaching career. But there's a side of Krzyzewski that goes a long way to explaining why he has a chance to become the first Division I men’s college basketball coach to win 1,000 games when Duke plays St. John’s at Madison Square Garden today (2 p.m., WRAZ).
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With milestones and records in the offing, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is maintaining the attitude that made him Division I men’s college basketball’s all-time wins leader.
Duke’s 79-65 win over Pittsburgh Monday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium left Krzyzewski with 999 career wins.
“It means we’re 16-2,” said Krzyzewski, who started this season with 983 career wins. “That’s what it means. We hope to be 17-2 in the next game we play. That’s the way we approach everything and we’ll continue to approach it that way.”
He’ll take his first crack at win No. 1,000, and a 17-2 record this season, when the Blue Devils play St. John’s at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday (2 p.m., WRAZ).
When Duke takes the court again in ACC play at Notre Dame on Jan. 28 (7:30 p.m., ESPN2), Krzyzewski has a chance to claim another coaching record.
The win over Pittsburgh was Krzyzewski’s 421st against ACC competition, leaving him one win shy of all-time leader Dean Smith. The former UNC coach had 422 ACC wins in his career from 1961-97.
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One of two team captains for No. 4 Duke this season, Amile Jefferson knew he had to do something. The Blue Devils had lost consecutive ACC games for the first time since February 2009. A game at No. 6 Louisville loomed next. "I’ve been trying to figure out how to lead,” Jefferson said. “Those two games I didn’t feel like I did a good job. I was talking to guys after the games but I felt we needed something on the court. I was just trying to bring emotion and energy. That’s what the coaches wanted. They wanted us to bring energy and I just tried to respond to that.”
The No. 4-ranked Blue Devils, after struggling defensively in losses to N.C. State and Miami, rode a stout zone defense and poor Louisville shooting to beat the No. 6-ranked Cardinals 63-52 Saturday in ACC basketball at the KFC Yum! Center.
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