Tag:Mike Krzyzewski
Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:19 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2012 4:20 pm
 

Coach K calls UNC most talented team in nation

By Jeff Goodman

College basketball is down and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski doesn't disagree. 

"The only thing that might change it is what the NBA does," Coach K said on SiriusXM's Inside College Basketball on Monday afternoon. "We're slaves to what the NBA does with the early-entry. If they ever put that in on a two-year basis, you'll see more dominant teams." 

Coach K knows this year's Duke team wouldn't be a Top 10 outfit five or 10 years ago. The Blue Devils are 19-4 overall and 6-2 in ACC play, which is still impressive, but that says as much about the national landscape as anything else. 

"This is not a juggernaut," K said about his current group. "We have a good team."

"The landscape of college basketball is that if you're old and a little more above the talent level of the so-called mid-majors," he added. "You've got a chance to win the whole thing. That wasn't the formula before." 

Krzyzewski knew, heading into the season, it wasn't going to be easy after losing veterans Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler and No. 1 overall pick Kyrie Irving. 

Everyone -- The Plumlee Brothers, Seth Curry, Andre Dawkins and Ryan Kelly - were all thrust into new roles. But as much as anything, K said that the lack of consistent effort and energy has been the primary cause for concern - along with consistency on the defensive end. 

He's also had a difficult time finding a high-level point guard on his team. The Seth Curry experiment didn't last, Tyler Thornton isn't quite up to par for what surrounds him and Quinn Cook is still a freshman who missed last season with a torn ACL. 

Now comes a matchup in Chapel Hill with North Carolina on Wednesday night, one that could determine whether the Blue Devils have any shot of winning the ACC regular-season title. 

"They're an offensive juggernaut," Krzyzewski said. "They have the best frontline is college basketball." 

That's a completely different debate (I'm siding with Kentucky on this one), but Coach K continued with another strong statement moments after touting Tyler Zeller as the potential ACC Player of the Year. 

"I think they are by far the most talented team in the country," he said. "Maybe not by far, but they are the most talented team -- especially offensively. And they've been playing together for two years. We'll have a tough game against them. Hopefully we'll play well, learn and have a chance to beat them at the end." 

Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:56 am
 

Pat Summitt, Coach K Sportswoman/man of the Year

By Matt Norlander

In a year when the college coaching profession has taken arguably its greatest hit, Sports Illustrated has unprecedentedly picked two for its Sportsman/Sportswoman of the Year.

And since they're both involved in the sport we deal with here, the subject is naturally getting its own post. The winningest coaches in each of their sports, Pat Summitt and Mike Krzyzewski, earn the distinction that's kept a pretty high mark of class and esteem over the years.

The decision makes sense and is timely, considering K just became the all-time wins leader in men's college basketball. Summitt continues to press on with her recording, currently tallied at 1,075. You can easily make the argument K never catches Summitt, who is now and likely forever the face of women's college basketball.

(As an aside, I would've had no issue with Summitt getting the sole nod, as she's done enough in her career to warrant getting the standalone treatment. But the synergistic choice makes a lot of sense, too. )

Summitt has been in the news this year, sadly, because she was diagnosed with early onset dementia. She has pressed on and continued to coach. And it speaks to who Summitt is, what she's accomplished and the nearly universal respect she's earned that this choice doesn't feel like a pity pick -- Summitt could've received this honor a decade ago and it still would've been appropriate and deserved.

As for Krzyzewski, it does feel like a longtime coming. He's become the most recognizable coach in college basketball since Bobby Knight left the game -- and that distinction was true a good decade before Knight checked out. There are plenty of people that will roll their eyes at K getting this (Duke hate: a special kind of hate), but his win total, four national titles (which, by the way, is just half of what Summitt has achieved) and perpetual domination at Duke leads to a logical choice.

Not to mention, the sport was due for another Sportsman/Sportswoman. This is only the third college hoops-related SI Sportsman of the Year. The two previous: Dean Smith in '97 and John Wooden (with Billie Jean King) in '72. Per SI, the only other coaches to earn the distinction: Joe Paterno (1986); manager Terry Francona (2004, along with the Red Sox); Herb Brooks (1980, along with the U.S. Men's hockey team) and Tony DiCicco (1999, along with U.S. Women's soccer coach).

If you'd like to check the history of past Sportsmen and Sportswomen of the Year, you can do so here.

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Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:51 am
Edited on: November 30, 2011 11:57 am
 

Duke has deficiencies, but don't write K off yet



By Jeff Goodman


Let's not bury Duke just yet.

Obviously, the Blue Devils looked rather ordinary last night in the 22-point shellacking against Ohio State in Columbus -- and "ordinary" is being awfully kind to Coach K and his team.

This is a Duke outfit that certainly has its deficiencies.

Austin Rivers is truly the only guy on the team that can create for himself and his teammates. There's not a front-line true point guard -- or a big wing - on the roster. Defensively, the perimeter group of Rivers, Seth Curry and Andre Dawkins leaves plenty to be desired. There's not much depth. Coach Mike Krzyzewski basically goes seven deep - Rivers, Curry, Dawkins and Tyler Thornton on the perimeter with Ryan Kelly and the Plumlee's -- Mason and Miles - up front.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves here.

While Kansas and Michigan State aren't exactly what they have been in the past, the Blue Devils still took care of both - on neutral courts. Duke dispatched Kansas in Maui and beat Michigan State in Madison Square Garden.

Is Duke an elite team?

No.

But they can still make a Final Four run, depending on health and matchups.

Rivers showed he is the most talented - and fearless player - on the team. He's capable of getting to the basket virtually whenever he wants. You won't find two more lethal perimeter shooters in the country than the duo of Dawkins and Curry. Mason Plumlee has made significant progress and is nearly averaging a double-double (12 ppg, 9.8 rpg) thus far.

Last I checked Duke has a decent coach as well. 

The missing piece that would solve many of Duke's issues? A long, talented scoring wing who can put it on the floor some and also defend. Coach K almost got that guy a couple years ago. Now he resides down the road in Chapel Hill and goes by the name of Harrison Barnes.

Duke is still 7-1 following the pasting in Columbus in which all their weaknesses were exposed and everything went right for Thad Matta's team.

The Blue Devils defense was brutal, Jared Sullinger had his way with the Plumlee Boys and Aaron Craft made mince-meat out of the Blue Devils in every manner possible. Deshaun Thomas, a streaky shooter, was making his shots and Duke had no answer for underrated senior William Buford.

It was an embarrassing display for the Dukies. But it was just one game.

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Posted on: November 16, 2011 12:13 am
Edited on: November 16, 2011 12:30 am
 

Night Court: K and UK take Tuesday's headlines

By Matt Norlander

Here’s everything you need to know about Tuesday’s slate of college basketball games …

(NOTE: We will file a Night Court each night this season. Follow @GaryParrishCBS, @GoodmanCBS, @MattNorlander, @JeffBorzello and @EyeOnCBB on Twitter to make sure it gets sent to you as soon as it's posted.)

Game of the day: Kentucky was a fun watch, but the night's best game was certainly Florida at Ohio State, which ended with an 81-74 win for the Buckeyes. Both teams looked nice. They played well and appeared in mid-season form. But OSU's just so good right now. No shame in the Gators falling the way they did; I'd love to see that rematch in the Sweet 16 or beyond come March. Jared Sullinger and Patric Young going against each other was the highlight of the 24-hour marathon for me.

Win to brag about: A man won his record-setting 903rd game Tuesday night. There is no more appropriate candidate for this category, ever, than that.

Loss to hide from: It was a road game, but still, Iowa State falling 74-65 to Drake doesn't mean good things for a Fred Hoiberg team that's trying to win with duct tape and specialty gadgets. Whatever ISU's trying to do, it backfired Tuesday night.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Let's just have a cop-out here and pick everyone on Kentucky's frontcourt. It's like going up against a bunch of helicopter blades when you play the Wildcats. Kansas was obviously outmatched going into that game -- but there were times when the Jayhawks looked like ignorant robbers running into a tripped bank job. They'd scurry into the paint and scurry right back out.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Parrish may give me grief for this, but for as good as Memphis looked, his boy, Tarik Black, only played 13 minutes and scored six points in the Tigers' swift win over Belmont. Black is believed to have potential that makes him the team's best player. Didn't see any of that Tuesday.

Numbers don’t lie:

  • 37. That's what Butler shot from the field, yet still won over Chattanooga, 57-46. It's going to win a lot of games like that this season.
  • 18. Michigan State's Draymond Green is the team's best player, and he's already showing his value, snaring an average of 18 boards through two games against two really good teams in UNC and Duke.
  • 59. That's what Memphis shot from the field Tuesday against Belmont. Tigers surprised me and a lot of people with how well they played. It was so good, I feel bad for thinking they'll never have a game as complete as that again against an opponent as good as Belmont.

Three other notable results

  1. Darrin Horn may not hold on to his job at the end of the year if the administration looks back and sees losses similar to the 58-53 one that happened tonight against Elon. Yep, Elon.
  2. Pepperdine 66, Arizona State 60. Sun Devils are a bad team, no doubt, but are we going to do this miserable Pac-12 spectacle again this early in the season?
  3. Weber State 73, Utah State 63. Utah State's rebuilding this year, but they did defeat BYU over the weekend at home. No luck on the road against Weber State, which only need 12 points out if its best player, Damian Lillard. Scott Bamforth led the Wildcats with 17.

Notes

  • We're really piling on here with the bad losses -- all of these are losses to hide from -- but Trent Johnson and LSU have to get served as well. The Bayou Bengals fell 71-63 to Coastal freaking Carolina.
  • You likely missed it, but Villanova could have very easily lost to La Salle at home. The Wildcats got the game to overtime and won, 76-69.
  • Texas took out URI at home, 100-90, but ... I dunno. The Longhorns looked off. About as off as a team can look when it puts up a Benjamin. I don't know what to expect from that team this year. I do know it's not elite, and the defense is nothing like what it was last year.
  • Vanderbilt didn't have John Jenkins due to a bad ankle, but beat Bucknell at home, 80-68.
  • I don't care how bad you are: you cannot score less than 40 points in a game if you are a Division I college basketball team. Yet Monmouth couldn't crack deuce tonight against George Mason, falling 71-39.

On tap: Long Beach State plays at Pittsburgh (9 ET, ESPNU); my man Nate Wolters and South Dakota State travel down to Georgia; Indiana has a tricky one on the road at Evansville, which beat Butler last week.

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Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:34 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2011 11:20 pm
 

Mike Krzyzewski breaks record in ideal manner

By Jeff Goodman

NEW YORK - It was the ideal setting.

Bob Knight was courtside calling the game, in the world's most famous arena and with Tom Izzo as the guy on the opposite sideline.

Mike Krzyzewski made history in dramatic fashion on Tuesday night, in a sold-out Madison Square Garden, becoming the all-time winningest men's coach in Division 1 with his 903rd victory.

There was some nerves prior to the game by those in the Duke camp, whether Coach K would break his mentor's mark on Tuesday. Michigan State may not be a Top 25 team, but the Spartans are from from a cupcake. And if Coach K is regarded as the top active coach, Izzo isn't all that far behind.

The next opponent -- if Duke was unable to get past Michigan State - was Davidson at home on Friday night.

But now, with the help of Andre Dawkins' 26 points, it's over - and Krzyzewski can focus on the task of trying to get this Blue Devils team to where they are a legitimate Final Four contender.

And he can also pile on the victories.

He's probably good for at least another 27 this season -- which brings him to 930. Let's give him another five seasons - at about 27 per season - which would put him at in excess of 1,050.

That's a difficult number to chase.

One that may never fall.

Photo: AP
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:25 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 10:31 pm
 

Coach K speaks with No. 903 on deck

By Gary Parrish

NEW YORK -- Mike Krzyzewski sat at the table in black Duke warmups that blended into a black Duke backdrop and immediately started talking about ... his past two games and various bumps and bruises that might affect practice. Seriously. It was funny. It was typical. But after a couple of minutes the Hall of Fame coach relented and actually acknowledged the giant record in the room ... in the most subtle and vague way possible.

"Excited about going to the Garden," Krzyzewski said. "It's going to be a unique event."

Yeah, I'd say so.

The Champions Classic is a first-year event designed to put four elite programs -- in this case, Duke, Michigan State, Kansas and Kentucky -- in the same building on the same night for the next three seasons with the matchups and location changing each year. It's a terrific idea. The doubleheader would be big on its own merit. But Tuesday night's doubleheader here at Madison Square Garden will be especially significant -- or, as Krzyzewski put it, unique -- because the most accomplished active basketball coach in the world will have an opportunity to become the winningest coach in NCAA Division I men's basketball history.

Coach K enters the game with 902 wins.

Barring an upset, he'll record No. 903 against Michigan State.

So a notable moment is (presumably) on deck. But if you were expecting Krzyzewski to focus on that on the eve of the game, you haven't been listening to him talk for the past three decades. Simply put, that's not K's style -- even if he's well aware of what he's about to accomplish.

"I'm not trying to hide the historical significance of this," Krzyzewski said. "But I can't put it ahead of what I'm doing."

And what is he doing?

"I'm just trying to figure out how to guard [Michigan State's Draymond] Green and keep [the Spartans] off the boards," Krzyzewski said. "I try not to think about those [other] kinds of things."

That's classic Krzyzewski -- always thinking in the moment, never getting too high or too low or too caught up in the big picture that consumes most of us. He lives life 40 minutes at a time. Or, more accurately, from one media timeout to the next. That -- in addition to his brilliant basketball mind -- is among the things that's allowed Krzyzewski to be consistently excellent while other Hall of Fame coaches come and go.

When Krzyzewski will go is anybody's guess.

But that day doesn't seem close.

He's only 64.

He seems sharper than his age.

So there are plenty of good years ahead of him, perhaps a fifth national championship, too. But for now the focus remains the same -- on the task at hand, on Draymond Green, on offensive rebounding and Michigan State in general. The rest of us can stare at 903. K's just trying to score more points than his opponent in a 40-minute contest.

"Nine-O-Three is gonna happen -- hopefully sooner rather than later," he said. "But I'm going into this game like any other game. I just want to win."
Posted on: November 12, 2011 6:37 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2011 6:42 pm
 

Krzyzewski ties Knight record with Saturday's win

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
Posted on: November 7, 2011 2:27 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2011 2:44 pm
 

Boeheim: Huggins has best shot of catching K

By Jeff Goodman

Seth Davis' show "Courtside" will have a special preseason edition tonight on CBS Sports Network at 9 p.m. ET.

Gary Parrish, Mike DeCourcy, Jon Rothstein, Jim O'Connell and myself were panelists for the show - and one of the numerous topics we discuss is Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and whether anyone can catch him once he breaks Bob Knight's record of 902 and becomes the all-time winningest men's coach in Division 1.

Jim Boeheim is just 44 wins behind Coach K, but is about 2 1/2 years older than Krzyzewski - who enters the season with 900 career victories.

I posed the question to Boeheim, who turns 67 later this month, on Monday that maybe he'd have a shot - if K retires in the next few years and Boeheim sticks in out a few years beyond K.

"He's not returning anytime soon," Boeheim said. "I think Mike will coach another 10 years. I wouldn't be surprised at all."

The guy who Boeheim thinks would have a shot - if he took care of himself from a health-standpoint?

West Virginia's Bob Huggins.

"He's got a lot of wins - and he'll try and coach forever," Boeheim said. "He's about the only one out there who could possibly do it."

But even if the 58-year-old Huggins stays healthy, it's a stretch.

He has 691 career victories. Let's say he goes 12 more years (until he's 71) and averages about 25 wins per year (which is what he's averaged in his four years at West Virginia).

That would put him just shy of 1,000 victories.

Coach K has 900 right now and has been averaging about 29 wins per year - and he'll likely eclipse to the 1,000-win mark in 2014-15.

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