Mike Krzyzewski Earns 800th Win at Duke As Blue Devils Top Kansas State, 82-68
Mike Krzyzewski won his 800th game as Duke head coach Tuesday night, as his top-ranked Blue Devils beat No. 4 Kansas State, 82-68, in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic championship game in Kansas City.
Krzyzewski, who ranks first all-time in NCAA Tournament wins and most 30-win seasons, became just the fifth head coach to win 800 or more games at one Division I school.
"It means I'm at a great school," Krzyzewski said of the milestone.
"It has afforded me the chance to recruit great kids. I feel really comfortable coaching at a high caliber and you're much better able to form a team with kids with the good character. We try to develop the good character they bring us," the coach added.
"Duke allows us to recruit nationally and for me being there for 31 years... I'm a lucky guy to be there."
Krzyzewski now has 873 career wins, just 29 behind his mentor Bob Knight for most all-time in Division I.
Senior captain Nolan Smith and freshman sensation Kyrie Irving led the Blue Devils with 17 points and five rebounds each.
Irving added six assists and two steals and limited Kansas State's preseason All-American, Jacob Pullen, to just four points on 1-of-12 shooting and forced the senior into four turnovers.
Andre Dawkins contributed 11 points on 3-of-3 three-point shooting in 19 minutes off the bench.
Kansas State shot just 11-of-23 from the free-throw line; Duke was 24-of-31.The Wildcats committed 21 turnovers in the loss.
"You cannot turn it over 21 times and be 11-of-23 from the foul line and have any chance at beating the No. 1 team in the country," Kansas State coach Frank Martin said. "Duke does a great job defensively. We are not the only team in the country that they have done that to before."
Kansas State is now 3-14 all time against No. 1 teams.
Duke improves to 5-0 this season and has now won 27 consecutive games in November.
The Blue Devils play their first true road game and last November game of the season at 4 p.m. Saturday at Oregon.
Duke senior Kyle Singler is a Medford, Oregon native and will face his brother, E.J., who is a 6'6" forward for the Ducks.
The Blue Devils host Michigan State on Wednesday, Dec. 1, as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. No. 2 Michigan State lost to Connecticut, 70-67, Tuesday. Duke and Michigan State appeared in the Final Four last season.
Then, Duke travels to East Rutherford, N.J. for a national title game rematch against Butler on Saturday, Dec. 4.
The Blue Devils beat Butler, 61-59, in the National Championship in April for their fourth title in school history.
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