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Coach 1K: Krzyzewski Notches 1,000th Career Win at Duke
By: MIKE McCURRY
With a second convincing Duke victory in as many days to open the 2017-18 season, Mike Krzyzewski became the first head coach in Division 1 men’s basketball history to win 1,000 games at a particular school.
The top-ranked Blue Devils defeated Utah Valley on Saturday, 99-69, one night after handling Elon, 97-68, in the season opener.
Marvin Bagley III, who went for 25 points and 10 rebounds in his collegiate debut, followed that up with a 24-point, 10-rebound performance.
Fellow freshman Trevon Duval chipped in with 15 points and 12 assists, giving the point guard a 20:1 assist-to-turnover ratio thru two games.
Ironically enough, Saturday happened to be Veteran’s Day. Coach K graduated from the U.S. Military Academy before starting his head coaching career at West Point, which accounts for 73 of his Division 1 record 1,073 career victories.
Krzyzewski can next add to that total on Tuesday, which figures to be a little more challenging than these last two wins. Duke faces off against Michigan State as part of the Champions Classic (7:00 ESPN) in a 1-versus-2 heavyweight matchup, with around 75 NBA personnel expected to be in attendance.