Duke University basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski is one victory away from a record 903rd win that would move him past Bob Knight atop college basketball’s highest level.
The sixth-ranked Blue Devils beat Presbyterian College 96-55 yesterday in a Division I match at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina, giving Krzyzewski a career record of 902-284 over 37 seasons.
Krzyzewski, 64, who has led the Blue Devils to four National Collegiate Athletic Association championships, can break Knight’s mark with a win Nov. 15 when Duke plays Michigan State at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Krzyzewski played for Knight before his 1969 graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. Knight amassed a 902-371 career record over 42 seasons before quitting as Texas Tech University’s coach in 2008.
Ryan Kelly had 17 points for the Blue Devils (2-0), who took a 53-30 halftime lead. Besides Kelly, Duke had five other players score at least 10 points, including Austin Rivers with 15, Miles Plumlee with 13 points and 11 rebounds and Mason Plumlee with 13.
Al’Lonzo Coleman led the Blue Hose (1-1) with 11 points and Pierre Miller added 10 as Presbyterian shot 32.1 percent from the floor compared with Duke’s 61.4 percent.