Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski moved past longtime rival Dean Smith into second place on the men's all-time wins list Wednesday night, when the No. 1 Blue Devils routed North Carolina-Greensboro, 108-62, in Greensboro.
Krzyzewski posted his 880th career victory and now trails only Bob Knight, who mentored Krzyzewski and coached him at Army on the way to 902 wins. One fan in the stands held a sign that said: “You’re next, Bobby.”
When the buzzer sounded, Krzyzewski hugged UNC Greensboro coach – and former Duke assistant – Mike Dement before the Hall of Fame coach made his way across the court for a television interview.
“I congratulate Mike on this milestone victory,” Smith said in a statement issued by North Carolina following the game. “I am sure he would want to share the credit for the wins with all his players and staff. I enjoyed competing against Mike’s teams throughout the years I was at UNC. I wish him continued health and personal success.”
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Kyle Singler scored 27 points, and Nolan Smith had 22 of his season-high 26 points in the first half for the Blue Devils (12-0).
Duke shrugged off an eight-day break and shot a season-best 60.9 percent against the Spartans (0-12), scored 42 points off 23 turnovers and hit the 100-point mark for the second time.
The reigning national champions won their 22nd straight, pushing Krzyzewski past Smith, who coached the Tar Heels for 36 seasons before retiring in 1997 as the winningest coach in Division I history. Knight then passed Smith and retired nearly three years ago.
At No. 15 Notre Dame 69, No. 9 Georgetown 55: Tim Abromaitis scored 20 points, and Tyrone Nash added 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Fighting Irish past the Hoyas in the teams’ Big East conference opener.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from Abromaitis and Scott Martin sparked a 14-2 run by Notre Dame (12-1) in the second half to put the Irish up by 16 points with 11:51 to play. Georgetown (11-2) never got closer than seven.
At UCLA 80, Washington State 71: Reeves Nelson and Malcolm Lee scored 21 points apiece to lift the Bruins (9-4) to a come-from-behind victory over the Cougars (10-3) in the Pacific-10 Conference opener for both teams.
Klay Thompson had a game-high 26 points for the Cougars, who led 37-29 at halftime.
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No. 16 Notre Dame 70, Gonzaga 61: Natalie Novosel scored a career-high 27 points to help the Irish (10-3) pull away from the Bulldogs (10-4) in the Holiday Hoops Classic at KeyArena.
Gonzaga led by two at halftime and by four midway through the second half.
A layup by Courtney Vandersloot, out of Kentwood High, gave the Zags a 55-54 lead with 8:20 left. But Novosel countered with a layup of her own to give Notre Dame the lead for good.
Kayla Standish scored 16 points for Gonzaga (10-4).
At No. 18 Maryland 66, No. 17 St. John’s 60: Diandra Tchatchouang scored 15 of her 19 points in the first half, and the Terrapins (12-1) went on to beat the Red Storm (12-2) to win the Terrapin Classic.
Xavier’s Jay Canty has a broken right foot, and is expected to miss at least four weeks. Arkansas forward Marshawn Powell has been suspended. No reason or length was given, but Powell can continue practicing with the team.