Krzyzewski ties Smith with 879 wins

Mike Krzyzewski gave a quick wave to the Cameron Crazies and a few claps as he walked off the floor and headed to the locker room.

The Hall of Fame coach treated it like any other Duke win at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The only notable difference? The message on the scoreboard above that read “Coach K On the Move” while noting his latest milestone victory.

Kyle Singler scored 24 points to help No. 1 Duke beat Elon, 98-72, on Monday night, moving Krzyzewski into a tie for second place with Dean Smith on the all-time wins list.

The Blue Devils improved to 11-0 as Krzyzewski pulled even with the man who led rival North Carolina for 36 seasons before retiring in 1997 as the winningest coach in NCAA Division I history with 879 wins. Bob Knight has 902 wins.

“It’s an honor to have won that many games,” said Krzyzewski in his 36th season as a college head coach.


Trevor Gruis had 19 points to lead South Dakota (5-7) past 3-8 Eastern Washington, 78-72, in Vermillion, S.D. Glen Dean scored 16 points for the Eagles. … Joe Jackson scored a career-high 23 points and No. 16 Memphis (9-1) posted a 68-63 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (4-7) in Memphis. … Kachine Alexander scored 26 points and No. 14 Iowa (11-1) beat 5-5 Drake, 75-71, to give coach Lisa Bulder her 200th win.