Now that coach Mike Krzyzewski has earned his record-setting
victory, it’s back to business as usual for No. 6 Duke.
The Blue Devils shouldn’t have much trouble helping him earn win
Duke seeks to extend its 88-game non-conference home winning
streak with its 23rd straight win over intrastate rival Davidson as
the schools meet Friday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Krzyzewski passed his mentor Bob Knight on the all-time wins
list with a 74-69 victory over Michigan State on Tuesday and was
honored with an on-court celebration following the game.
It was given Krzyzewski would set the mark at some point this
season, and after downplaying the milestone prior to the
accomplishment, he says he’s glad it’s finally over.
”It’s a special moment,” he said. ”At halftime I wasn’t sure
we were going to have this moment. We beat a really good team, and
I’m glad now we can just move on and just develop our team.”
Krzyzewski can break former Mount Saint Mary’s coach Jim
Phelan’s record of 830 victories at one school with a victory
”We don’t have (Derek) Jeter or (Mariano) Rivera for 15
straight years and you have to do it in intense competition in a
great school,” Krzyzewski said. ”We never have problems because
usually we can develop a team. They want to be one, and I don’t
have to fight that which is great.”
Duke (3-0), though, has been somewhat shaky overall. It held off
Belmont 77-76 in its season opener Nov. 11, and allowed Michigan
State to climb back late in Tuesday’s game around an easy win over
Seth Curry, whose younger brother Stephen led Davidson to an
improbable run to an NCAA tournament regional final in 2008, scored
20 points against the Spartans and leads the Blue Devils with an
average of 15.3.
Andre Dawkins hit six 3-pointers and finished with a game-high
Plenty of streaks are on the line for Duke on Friday. It has won
38 consecutive home games – the longest active streak in Division I
– and 48 straight against non-BCS conference opponents overall.
The Blue Devils also have beaten 58 consecutive unranked teams
and haven’t lost a non-conference game at Cameron since falling
83-82 to St. John’s on Feb. 26, 2000.
It’ll be a tough task for the Wildcats (2-0) to end any of those
streaks, as they haven’t beaten Duke since a 75-73 victory on Dec.
Davidson is coming off a 74-61 victory over Richmond, as
preseason All-Southern Conference selections Jake Cohen (22 points)
and J.P. Kuhlman (11 points) had solid performances.
De’Mon Brooks scored 14 and is averaging a team-high 19.0 points
through the first two games.
The Wildcats have won 12 of their last 15 games dating back to
“It’s going to be a great opportunity for us to play on national
TV and in that environment,” said coach Bob McKillop, who is in his
23rd season with Davidson, which is located roughly 150 miles from
The Wildcats have lost their eight games against ranked
opponents, last beating then-No. 6 Wisconsin 73-56 in the 2008 NCAA
tournament regional semifinals.