NEW YORK -- Mike Krzyzewski passed Bob Knight, then spent some special time with his former coach. The man known simply as "Coach K" became Division I's winningest coach when No. 6 Duke beat Michigan State 74-69 on Tuesday night in the State Farm Champions Classic.

The Blue Devils (3-0) gave Krzyzewski his 903rd win, breaking the tie with Knight, Krzyzewski's college coach at Army and his mentor throughout his professional career. 

Junior guard Andre Dawkins had 26 points for Duke, which took control with a 20-1 run that gave the Blue Devils a 61-41 lead with 9:17 to play. Then it was just a matter of counting down the minutes until the celebration could get under way.

I just told Coach I love him. I wouldnt be in this position without him. Its a moment shared.
-- Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski on passing Bob Knight on the all-time Division I wins list

With Knight sitting across the court at the ESPN broadcast table, and with several former players in the stands -- many able to attend because of the ongoing NBA lockout -- Krzyzewski moved to the top of the list in front of a sellout crowd of 19,979 at Madison Square Garden.

Krzyzewski went right across the court to Knight when the game ended. They were cheek to cheek in a hug. Krzyzewski, tears in his eyes, broke away and Knight pulled him back, hands on his shoulders, then one final slap of the shoulder.

"I just told Coach I love him," Krzyzewski said. "I wouldn't be in this position without him. It's a moment shared. I know he's very proud and I'm very proud to have been somebody who's worked under him and studied him and tried to be like him."

It wasn't the Cameron Crazies cheering their coach on after a few nights waiting and sleeping in Krzyzewskiville. But a pro-Duke crowd started to get loud as the Blue Devils took control in the second half, as well as the fans from Michigan State, Kentucky and Kansas and a bunch of regular old New Yorkers including flimmaker and New York Knicks fan Spike Lee.

"The basketball gods are good ... they put two guys who've done a lot in the game together, special moments, and tonight is another one of those special moments," Krzyzewski said of Knight's presence at the historic game.

Dawkins, who had six 3-pointers, and Ryan Kelly hits 3s to start Duke's big run. As Michigan State (0-2) kept missing shots down low, Seth Curry hit another 3 for Duke and then the Blue Devils closed the run by making 6 of 6 attempts at the free throw line.

The Spartans kept Krzyzewski coaching to the final minute. They finally started hitting shots and forcing turnovers to close to 74-69 with 12.9 seconds left.

HISTORY 101
Nov. 28, 1975 -- Win No. 1: Army posts a 56-29 victory against Lehigh in Coach K's debut. Also that day, Judd Nelson turned 16 years old, Jon Stewart became a teenager and As the World Turns and The Edge of Night, the final two soap operas that had resisted going to pre-taped broadcasts, air their last live episodes.

Curry had 20 points while Kelly added 14 for the Blue Devils, who were 10 of 21 from 3-point range.

"It's a special moment," Krzyzewski said of his family and former players being there. "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."

Keith Appling had 22 points for Michigan State and Brandon Wood added 15. The Spartans finished with 21 turnovers.

Krzyzewski's latest win had a very similar plot to the previous 902 as the Blue Devils were patient in a spread offense that got them open 3s and they moved the ball around against a tired bunch of Spartans and finally found a way to the free throw line. The Blue Devils finished 30 of 41 from the line.

Krzyzewski moved to the top of the list in his 37th season, all but five at Duke. He also coached at West Point, his alma mater where Knight molded a point guard into a coach for the ages.

Knight won his 902 games in 42 seasons -- six at Army, 29 at Indiana and seven at Texas Tech.

Krzyzewski and Knight both led the United States to an Olympic gold medal, Knight in 1984 and Krzyzewski in 2008. Coach K will have a chance at a second gold when he leads the team of NBA players again in London next summer.

Another number they both had in common was high graduation rates throughout their careers.

Duke led 34-33 at the end of a sloppy first half. The Blue Devils were 6 of 11 from 3-point range while the Spartans were just 2 of 6. Michigan State was able to offset 11 turnovers by dominating inside, outscoring the Blue Devils 16-4 in the paint, including a 6-1 advantage in second-chance points.

Duke is 26-15 all-time, including a 21-7 mark under Krzyzewski, at Madison Square Garden and the Blue Devils have won 12 of their last 14 there. Under Krzyzewski, Duke is 453-71 in non-conference games.

COACH K: YEAR-BY-YEAR
Year School W- L Pct.   Year School W- L Pct.
1975-76 Army 11-14 .440   1994-95 Duke 9-3 .750
1976-77 Army 20-8 .714   1995-96 Duke 18-13 .581
1977-78 Army 19-9 .679   1996-97 Duke 24-9 .727
1978-79 Army 14-11 .560   1997-98 Duke 32-4 .889
1979-80 Army 9-17 .346   1998-99 Duke 37-2 .949
1980-81 Duke 17-13 .567   1999-00 Duke 29-5 .853
1981-82 Duke 10-17 .370   2000-01 Duke 35-4 .897
1982-83 Duke 11-17 .393   2001-02 Duke 31-4 .886
1983-84 Duke 24-10 .706   2002-03 Duke 26-7 .788
1984-85 Duke 23-8 .742   2003-04 Duke 31-6 .838
1985-86 Duke 37-3 .925   2004-05 Duke 27-6 .818
1986-87 Duke 24-9 .727   2005-06 Duke 32-4 .889
1987-88 Duke 28-7 .800   2006-07 Duke 22-11 .667
1988-89 Duke 28-8 .778   2007-08 Duke 28-6 .824
1989-90 Duke 29-9 .763   2008-09 Duke 30-7 .811
1990-91 Duke 32-7 .821   2009-10 Duke 35-5 .875
1991-92 Duke 34-2 .944   2010-11 Duke 32-5 .865
1992-93 Duke 24-8 .750   2011-12 Duke 3-0 1.000
1993-94 Duke 28-6 .824   Totals   903-284 .761
Red denotes national championship | Statistics through Nov. 15, 2011

 

 
ALL-TIME WINNINGEST NCAA MEN'S DIVISION I BASKETBALL COACHES
Rank Name Years Wins Losses Pct. Teams
1 Mike Krzyzewski 37 903 284 .761 Army (1975-80)
Duke (1980-present)
2 Bob Knight 42 902 371 .709 Army (1965-71)
Indiana (1971-2000)
Texas Tech (2001-08)
3 Dean Smith 36 879 254 .776 North Carolina (1961-97)
4 Adolph Rupp 41 876 190 .822 Kentucky (1930-52, 1953-72)
5 Jim Boeheim 35 859 301 .741 Syracuse (1976-present)
6. Jim Calhoun 39 857 358 .705 Northeastern (1972-86)
Connecticut (1986-present)
7 Jim Phelan 49 830 524 .613 Mount St. Mary's (1954-2003)
8 Eddie Sutton 37 804 328 .710 Creighton (1969-74)
Arkansas (1974-85)
Kentucky (1985-89)
Oklahoma State (1990-2006)
San Francisco (2007-2008)
9 Lefty Driesell 41 786 394 .666 Davidson (1960-69)
Maryland (1969-86)
James Madison (1988-97)
Georgia State (1997-2003)
10 Lute Olson 34 780 280 .736 Long Beach State (1973-1974)
Iowa (1974-83)
Arizona (1983-2007)
  Lou Henson 41 780 412 .655 Hardin-Simmons (1962-66)
New Mexico State (1966-75, 1998-2005)
Illinois (1975-96)
Statistics through Nov. 15, 2011