After a few woeful performances, it appears the Duke Blue Devils are back on track with their fourth straight win. A 78-56 defensive win against the Florida State Seminoles marked their fifth ACC win and Mike Krzyzewski's 900th victory as the head coach of the Blue Devils.
Krzyzewski now stands at 973 career wins at the Division I level, which is the most in men's basketball history.
The Blue Devils coach also joins another elite group of men's basketball coaches with his 900th win at the school. Only Jim Boeheim of Syracuse has matched that mark, per ESPN Stats and Info:
Mike Krzyzewski joins Jim Boeheim as the only D-I men's basketball coach's with 900 wins at one school. pic.twitter.com/z5TfX1K39V— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 25, 2014
Jay Bilas of ESPN congratulated his former coach following the huge achievement:
Congrats to Mike Krzyzewski on his 900th win at Duke. That's a lot of W's. Amazing career.— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) January 25, 2014
Krzyzewski commented on the milestone after the game, according to ESPN.com:
That's a lot of wins. I thank Duke for keeping me. I've been blessed with being at one of the greatest schools in the world. Great schools don't necessarily always have great people in command. This school has. ... We have a good thing going here and I've been blessed to be here for over three decades and take advantage of that.
The team got back to its old ways with high-flying plays by Jabari Parker, adding some new kinks with a presence down low that hasn't been prevalent early on in the season.
Parker finished the game with 14 points, 14 rebounds and three steals on the game. The sensational freshman has been a catalyst for the Blue Devils' success thus far this season, and he was a certified superstar against the Seminoles on Saturday.
When asked about Parker's performance, all FSU coach Leonard Hamilton could do was laugh, according to Laura Keeley of The News & Observer:
Leonard Hamilton asked about Jabari Parker. He laughs. "He's a very good player."— Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) January 25, 2014
Aside from Parker's outstanding performance, Rodney Hood provided another scoring threat with his 18 points and playmaking ability. The biggest surprise in the win over FSU had to be Marshall Plumlee's presence in the paint.
The younger brother of NBA players Miles and Mason Plumlee, Marshall finished with seven points and seven rebounds in 12 minutes off the bench. The sophomore hasn't been as successful as his older brothers to this point, but could be turning a corner with Duke.
When asked about Plumlee's performance, Hood admitted he had to settle Plumlee after his surprising output off the bench, according to Adam Smith of The Times News:
Hood on Plumlee (7 points, 7 rebs, energy off bench): “I had to calm him down. I mean, I would rather calm him down than wake him up.”— Adam Smith (@adam_smithTN) January 25, 2014
Krzyzewski will now have to go on one of the toughest road stretches of the season. The Blue Devils will first travel to take on the No. 18 Pittsburgh Panthers on Monday, Jan. 27, before matching up with Boeheim and the No. 2 Syracuse Orange on Saturday, Feb. 1.
Though Krzyzewski has now reached yet another plateau in the college basketball game, winning No. 901 with Duke might be a tall task with its upcoming opponents. Just put another feather in the cap of one of the greatest coaches in the history of college basketball.
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