Mike Krzyzewski: How Many More Wins Does Coach K Have Left in Him?
The Duke Blue Devils won on Tuesday night. That's certainly nothing out of the ordinary for them, as they've done that a lot under head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
They've done it 903 times, to be exact. That, in case you haven't already heard the news, is a new Division I record, surpassing Bob Knight's previous mark of 902 wins.
As far as wins go, Coach K's latest wasn't any more special than the other 902. Going up against Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans, the Blue Devils raced out to a halftime lead and proceeded to pull away in the second half. The Spartans made a late run, but it was too little, too late. The Blue Devils took the game by the final of 74-69.
Andre Dawkins scored 26 points. Seth Curry added 20 points of his own. Ho hum.
As anticlimactic as Coach K's 903rd win was (it's a pity it didn't come at Cameron Indoor Stadium), it's undeniably significant. Coach K has been a fixture at Duke for three decades now, during which time he's been a class act and a true role model for every kid he's ever coached.
Which, of course, is more than you can say about Mr. Knight, now No. 2 on the all-time Division I wins list.
But that is beside the point. What's done is done, and you can rest assured that Coach K is not going to dwell on No. 903 any longer than he has to. The season, after all, is just getting started. There will be plenty of time to celebrate later.
Will Coach K get to 1,000 wins?
The Blue Devils have 26 games left on their regular season schedule. Par for the course for Duke means winning at least 25 of them and then adding a few more after the regular season is over. There are plenty of wins still to be had this season.
As such, it's pretty much a given that Coach K is going to break Don Meyer's NCAA record of 923 wins. It's only a matter of time, really.
The truly intriguing part will be how much further Coach K can go after that, which I suppose is a question of how much further he wants to go. He's been doing this for a long time, but he's not exactly ancient by coaching standards. Knight, his beloved mentor, was 67 when he called it a career. Conceivably, Coach K still has a couple seasons left in him.
So who knows? Before Coach K decides to call it a career, he could very well be sitting on 1,000 career victories.
Good luck to any coach who would break that record, Division I or otherwise.
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