Coach K Wins No. 900 At Duke
At this point Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski has reached just about every coaching milestone there is, but Saturday afternoon’s 78-56 win over Florida brought yet another, as Coach K won his 900th game at Duke. In doing so, Krzyzewski became only the second coach in NCAA Division I history to record 900 wins at one school, joining Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim who has racked up all 937 of his wins with the Orange. Said Krzyzewski after the game, “Well it’s a lot, it’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.”
Duke Wins Fourth in a Row, Extends Home Win Streak to 28
Outside of the milestone 900th victory at Duke for Coach K, the win over Florida State was just another day at the office for the Blue Devils who rattled off their fourth straight win and 28th in a row in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The 28-game tear is the longest active streak the nation and the fifth longest in school history. The last time Duke lost at home, Miles Plumlee, Mason Plumlee and Austin Rivers had yet to don NBA jerseys, the Brooklyn Nets were still in New Jersey and the ACC only had 12 members.
Duke’s next home matchup will be against in-state rival Wake Forest on Feb. 4 following back-to-back road games at Pittsburgh and Syracuse. History is at least on Duke’s side to run the streak to 29, as the Blue Devils haven’t lost to Wake Forest in Cameron Indoor Stadium since Jan. 11, 1997, an active streak of 14 consecutive games.
Blue Devils Face ACC Newcomers Pittsburgh & Syracuse This Week
Uncharted territory awaits Duke this week as the Blue Devils embark on a road swing that will take them to two venues in which they have never played. Duke will gets its first shot at a pair of ACC newcomers, taking on No. 20 Pittsburgh at the Petersen Events Center on ESPN’s Big Monday and No. 2 Syracuse Saturday in the Carrier Dome. The northbound road trip won’t be an easy one, as it marks Duke’s first set of back-to-back games against ranked teams and the first against Pittsburgh and Syracuse as conference rivals. Duke is no stranger to either squad, however, having faced Pittsburgh 12 times and Syracuse four times, though the series ledgers of both are at an even .500. Still, there’s no better way to tilt the scales than two clashes between the three college basketball powers in the same week. Look for both games on ESPN.
Hood & Parker Named to NPOTY Watch Lists
When two players combine to average nearly 50 percent of the points for the ACC’s top scoring team, the national player of the year outlets have a tough time picking just one player to keep an eye on. So it was no surprise that when the midseason watch lists for the John Wooden Award and the Oscar Robertson Trophy were announced this past week, both highlighted Blue Devils Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker. The Wooden Award featured only 25 players, while the Robertson Trophy selected 23, and Duke was one of only three schools in the nation to have multiple players named to both lists.
Duke has plenty of history with both awards, as seven former Blue Devils have won the Robertson Trophy and five have won the Wooden Award. The last to win both was J.J. Redick in 2006. And for what it’s worth, Redick and Shelden Williams were both on the midseason watch lists for both awards that year.
Duke Basketball Radio Show on Tuesday
Associate head coach Steve Wojciechowski dons the headset again this Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m., for the Duke Basketball Radio Show broadcast live at the Washington-Duke Inn. The program, which airs on WDNC 620 AM, features in-depth analysis of Duke basketball and commentary on the college basketball landscape and other related topics by Wojo and co-host Art Chase, Assistant Director of Athletics/External Relations at Duke University. Tune in or visit the Washington-Duke Inn to watch the show live.
Irving to Start NBA All-Star Game
It took Kyrie Irving just two seasons to make his first NBA All-Star game, and just one more to receive his first starting nod. In a vote conducted by the league’s fans, Irving was voted to start for the Eastern Conference squad in the Feb. 16 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans. Rounding out the rest of the Eastern Conference starters will be Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), LeBron James (Miami Heat), Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) and Paul George (Indiana Pacers), so decent company to say the least.
Irving is the third Duke player to be named a starter for the all-star game – joining Grant Hill (1995-98, 2000, 2005) and Jeff Mullins (1969). He joins Luol Deng (2012-13), Carlos Boozer (2007-08), Grant Hill (1995-98), Jack Marin (1972-73) and Jeff Mullins (1969-71) as former Duke players to earn all-star status in back-to-back seasons.
Henderson Stuffs Redick
There was a bit of Blue Devil-on-Blue Devil crime in the Bobcats-Clippers game Wednesday, as former Duke standout Gerald rejected a layup attempt by former teammate J.J. Redick in a 95-91 Bobcats win. To say Henderson blocked the layup with authority would be an understatement. Redick took a pass from Blake Griffin at the top of the key and had a clear lane to the basket until Henderson, who trailed Redick by two steps, elevated out of nowhere to swat the layup well out of play. Both Redick and Henderson are having plenty of success in the NBA this season, but it was Henderson who came out on top this time. Unfortunately for Redick, who only recently returned from a back injury that forced him to miss 21 games, the block is currently on loop here:
Coach K enjoys having Team USA players in stands (Fox Sports)
Duke phenom Jabari Parker has humble ego (Raleigh News & Observer)
Sulaimon responds to new playing time opportunities (Durham Herald-Sun)
Stat of the Week
Duke outrebounded Florida State 47-24 in Saturday’s win and totaled more offensive rebounds (27) than the Seminoles had total rebounds. The 27 offensive rebounds tied for the third most in the Coach K era, while Jabari Parker’s 10 offensive rebounds tied Elton Brand for the most offensive boards in a game by a Krzyzewski-coached player.