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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.

Photo: AP

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: November 13, 2011 12:16 am

Krzyzewski ties Knight record with Saturday's win

Coach K has coached 1186 games (winning 902), with a winning percentage of .760 whereas Rupp coached 1066 games (winning 876), with a winning percentage of .821. If Rupp had coached 1186 games (the way K has so far), and kept the same winning percentage (.821), he would have had 973 wins (97 more than he finished with). That's no where near 250-300 more wins that Rupp "could have had". If you want to talk winning percentages, Rupp is the winner hands down. If you want to talk total victories (as this story is addressing), Coach K wins hands down. No "asterick@" warranted! And if you want to talk "could haves", Coach K coached a pretty pathetic Army team his first 5 years of coaching. He "could have" had quite a few more wins if he had been at Duke his entire career, the way Rupp was at UK for his entire career.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2011 10:56 pm

Krzyzewski ties Knight record with Saturday's win

That is true, he probably forgot to put in the men's part.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 9:44 pm

Krzyzewski ties Knight/Fails to reach Summitt

Actually, he won't be the Division One winningest coach unless and until he passes Pat Summitt. Goodman's quite stupid if he doesn't know that.

Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2011 9:26 pm

Krzyzewski ties Knight record with Saturday's win

Coach K would like to thank the ESPN recruiting network for televising 40 out of their 39 games. 

Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 8:11 pm

Krzyzewski ties Knight record with Saturday's win

Congrats Coach K...for beating a church.

Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2011 7:24 pm

Krzyzewski ties Knight record with Saturday's win

Adoph Rupp has the best winning percentage by a large margin.  If he would've been allowed to play 35-40 games a year he could of won 250-300 more games.  Coach K asterick@

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