Duke Basketball: Coach K nears record that may not be his for long

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By the end of February, Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski should set the record for the most wins in college basketball history — among all divisions from the men’s and women’s game — but how long will his mark remain No. 1?

The Duke basketball program’s GOAT does not yet top the all-time wins list among college basketball coaches. At the moment, that spot belongs to the former head honcho of the McKendree Bearcats, a Division II program in Illinois.

After a 12-16 finish last season, McKendree gave the boot to Harry Statham, who had compiled a 1,122-513 record across his 52-year stint at the helm of the Bearcats. While Statham did not seem to enjoy the bruise to his ego from the boot and had hoped to end his career on a winning note, the chance seems slim that another college would offer the 81-year-old an opportunity to add to his win total.

So hot on his trail is Mike Krzyzewski, who does have the all-time most victories among Division I coaches with a 1,116-340 mark between his 44 seasons (five at Army and the past 39 at Duke). If Coach K’s 16-2 Blue Devils win their next seven games, he will surpass Statham’s count when N.C. State visits Cameron Indoor Stadium on Feb. 16.

Barring a bit of a meltdown by No. 2 Duke — next game is noon Saturday at home against Georgia Tech — Coach K should set the record by the end of February at the latest.

But how long will he keep the record once he has it? Well, the answer to that question depends on the answer to a couple other questions. First…

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