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Duke Defeats Johnnies – 1000th Win For K

10945659_1763279360563207_1916665951563890480_nCoach 1K. How grand.

Mike Krzyzewski earned his 1,000th career win Sunday, making him the first NCAA Division I men's coach to reach the milestone, when No. 5 Duke surged past St. John's in the second half for a 77-68 victory at Madison Square Garden.

Tyus Jones scored 22 points and the Blue Devils (17-2) went on an 18-2 run down the stretch to put Coach K in four figures on his first try.

"I'm not sure I've ever been a part of a game like that. That's kind of nuts, huh?" Krzyzewski said. "It just seemed like three different games."

Jahlil Okafor had 17 points and 10 rebounds, combining with Jones and Quinn Cook (17 points) to fuel the decisive spurt after Duke trailed by 10 with 8:15 remaining.

That's when the Blue Devils finally began to look like a Krzyzewski-coached team, picking up their defense and hustling to loose balls as he urged them on from one knee in front of the bench. Duke outworked the Red Storm on the glass and held them without a field goal for 6 pivotal minutes.

"It just, boom! It was great," Krzyzewski said. "It was beautiful, really, to see them fight today and win."

When the final horn sounded, Blue Devils players engulfed Krzyzewski and he received a bear hug from assistant Jeff Capel. Photographers swarmed the coach on the court, and players were given T-shirts that read "1,000 Wins And Kounting."

A public address announcement offered congratulations to Krzyzewski, and Duke fans at a packed Garden chanted his name and held aloft "K" signs.

"I'm glad it's over," Krzyzewski said in the postgame interview room with family nearby -- including two of his three daughters and seven of his nine grandchildren.

"There will be others that win more, but it is kind of neat to be the first one to 1,000," he added. "I am proud of that, too: It's not just the number of wins, but the quality of opponents we've had."

Sir'Dominic Pointer had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the feisty Red Storm (13-6), who were looking for a huge win to put on their NCAA tournament resume. They were in position to get it, but got worn down late by Duke and let this one slip away.

"I thought we just missed some easy looks," St. John's coach Steve Lavin said. "We came up short today, but I think you can also see the sneak preview of a team that could be very dangerous here if we continue to make progress."

No. 1,000 came about 500 miles from the cramped and cozy confines of Cameron Indoor Stadium, but Coach K was hardly on unfamiliar soil.

Madison Square Garden, after all, was where he notched victory No. 903 against Michigan State in November 2011, breaking the Division I record previously held by his college coach and mentor, Bob Knight.

"To win the 1,000th here, you need to be a lucky guy. I like my place, Cameron, but this is a magical place," Krzyzewski said.

The 67-year-old Krzyzewski improved to 1,000-308 in a 40-year coaching career that began in 1975 at his alma mater, Army. He is 927-249 in 35 seasons at Duke, guiding the Blue Devils to four NCAA titles and 11 trips to the Final Four.

"It's special. But it's for all the players who have played for him who got these wins. It's not just us," Cook said. "That's why we wanted to come out and get it done."

The lively crowd of 19,812, mixed with fans of both schools, included about 15-20 former Duke players as well as Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson from the New York Knicks; St. John's greats Chris Mullin, Lou Carnesecca and Felipe Lopez; and Nike boss Phil Knight.

"It's a remarkable accomplishment to win as many games as Mike has as a coach," Bob Knight said in a statement. "However, being able to coach as well as he has for as many years as he has is even more remarkable."

Around 30 minutes before the opening tip, rising ticket prices ranged from $225 to $888 on stubhub.com -- which also covered admission to the Iona-Niagara doubleheader finale at "The World's Most Famous Arena."

Midway through an entertaining first half, Krzyzewski was on his feet as St. John's erased an 11-point deficit.

Wearing a blue suit and white sneakers to support Coaches vs. Cancer, Krzyzewski stalked after the officials at the end of the half to argue that D'Angelo Harrison's buzzer-beating 3-pointer came after the shot clock expired.

Coach K didn't get the call, and the Red Storm went into the locker room leading 43-39.

"At halftime I sent a text out to destroy all the books on leadership, because it wasn't working," Krzyzewski joked.

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Rapid Reaction – Duke Rips Pitt

Jones vs NCSThe Duke Blue Devils came out in a zone for the second consecutive game and rode it to a 79-64 victory over Pitt. In the process, the Blue Devil move to 16-2 on the season and 4-2 in the ACC. The win put Mike Krzyzewski at 999 victories heading into this Saturdays match up with St. John's in Madison Square Garden.

The Pitt Panthers played hard as they always do under Jamie Dixon, but their inability to knock down the three-point shot doomed them in the end. Duke built a lead as large as 20.  Duke went for seven minutes no FG's in the second half as the Panthers refused to go away quietly.

Duke was led in scoring by Tyus Jones who tied his career high of 22 points. Jahlil Okafor added 14 points and a team high 5 assists while Rasheed Sulaimon with 13 and Quinn Cook with 11 rounded out double figure scorers for Duke.

Quick Notes -

- Coach Mike Krzyzewski and his team were not talking about #999 wins and only the games at hand.

- Coach Krzyzewski praised his backcourt play tonight which included Cook with a team high 10 rebounds and the play of Jones. He went on to say that Jones was starting to take more command of the offense and running the team better.

- Justise Winslow is banged up with shoulder and rib injuries and will likely take a day off of practice.

- As I mentioned before, Coach K repeated that it was the lack of good offense which helped lead to defensive breakdowns in the two losses. he bristled when asked of the breakdowns pointing to games before Christmas when the blue Devils defense was stellar.

- "If we go under the bus, we do so together," said Krzyzewski who mentioned to that he seldom criticizes his team and leaves that to the media. He went on to state the obvious fact that Duke is young.

- Quinn Cook scored in double digits for the 16th game this season and moves to the 45th spot in all time scoring.

- Duke has recorded double-digit takeaways in every game they've played in this season.

- The win marked the 5rd game Duke has started three freshman under Coach K.

- Duke made 11 three-point shots tonight tying their most for the season in a single game.

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Pitt at Duke Game Notes

Coach K 998Duke (15-2, 3-2) at Pittsburgh (13-5, 3-2)

Monday, January 19, 2015 • 7:05 p.m. • ESPN

Durham, N.C. • Cameron Indoor Stadium

The Opening Tip

• Duke (15-2, 3-2) hosts Pittsburgh (13-5, 3-2) Monday, Jan. 19 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tipoff is set for 7:05 p.m. with Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Jay Bilas (analyst) and Allison Williams (sideline) calling the action for ESPN.

• The Blue Devils enter the game ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll. Duke is 66-14 when ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll. Pittsburgh is unranked in both polls.

• The Blue Devils had a 41-game home win streak snapped in their last outing at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke has not lost back-to-back home games since the 2006-07 season.

• Freshman Jahlil Okafor leads the ACC in scoring (18.9 ppg.) and field goal percentage (.675), while also ranking third in rebounds (9.3 rpg.), second in offensive rebounds (4.0 orpg.) and eighth in defensive rebounds (5.3 drpg.).

• Mike Krzyzewski is two wins shy of becoming the first coach in Division I men’s basketball history to record 1,000 career victories.

Last Time Out

• Duke snapped a two-game losing streak with a 63-52 road win over No. 6 Louisville Saturday, Jan. 17. The win was the Blue Devils’ third of the season over a ranked opponent.

• Amile Jefferson paced the Blue Devils with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Jahlil Okafor added 18 points and seven rebounds. The post tandem combined to go 14-of-17 (.824) from the field and 9-of-11 (.818) from the foul line.

• Tyus Jones also scored in double figures with 10 points to go along with a game-high eight assists.

• Duke limited Louisville to a season-low 29.5 percent (18-of-61) shooting from the field, including 16.0 percent (4-of-25) from three-point range.

By the numbers

• Duke is 8-1 at Cameron Indoor Stadium this season and has lost more than one game at home twice over the past 14 seasons.

• Freshmen Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow have started all 17 games for the Blue Devils. Mike Krzyzewski has started three or more freshmen in a game 52 times at Duke, including 27 times during the 1982-83 season. The trio combines to average 39.7 points, 17.4 rebounds and 8.4 assists per game.

• Jahlil Okafor has scored 20 or more points in seven of the past 12 games and is averaging 20.2 points on 70.9 percent (95-of-134) shooting from the field in that span.

• Quinn Cook is averaging a career-high 14.4 points per game while also posting career bests in field goal percentage (.461), three-point field goals (2.65 3pg.), three-point percentage (.398) and free throw percentage (.943). He has scored in double figures 15 times on the year.

• Jahlil Okafor has the highest field goal percentage (.675) in the NCAA among players attempting 10 or more shots per game. Okafor has shot over 70 percent from the field in 10 of Duke’s 17 games.

• A freshman has led the Blue Devils in scoring in 12 of 17 games. Jahlil Okafor has paced the offensive attack eight times, while Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow have each led Duke in scoring two times. The rookie trio has also accounted for 10 of Duke’s 11 20-point games on the year (Okafor 7, Jones 2, Winslow 1).

• Amile Jefferson is averaging 16.5 points per game on 13-of-16 (.812) shooting from the field over the past two games. He currently ranks second in Duke record books with a .621 (205-of-330) career field goal percentage.

• Quinn Cook has made at least one three-point field goal in each of the past 27 games. He is shooting 40.9 percent (67-of-164) from behind the arc in that stretch. Cook is third in the ACC in three-point field goals (2.65 3pg.) and sixth in three-point percentage (.398) this season.

• Duke has outrebounded its opponent in 15 of 17 games on the year and owns a +7.2 rebound margin. Michigan State and Louisville are the only teams to outrebound the Blue Devils this season.

• Jahlil Okafor (68) and Amile Jefferson (51) have combined for 119 of Duke’s 206 offensive rebounds. Okafor is second in the ACC with 4.0 orpg., while Jefferson is tied for seventh at 3.0 orpg.

• Jahlil Okafor has scored in double figures in 17 straight games, tied for the third-longest double-digit scoring streak by a freshman at Duke. Johnny Dawkins holds the top mark after scoring 10 or more points in the first 23 games of his career.

• Duke is averaging 90.2 points on 54.4 percent (294-of-540) shooting from the field at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Jahlil Okafor has posted 22.2 points per game, while shooting 72.8 percent (83-of-114) from the floor in nine home contests.

• Duke’s starting backcourt of Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones combines to shoot 89.7 percent (96-of-107) from the free throw line on the year. Over the past eight contests, Cook is 20-of-21 (.952) and Jones is 32-of-34 (.941) from the charity stripe.

• Duke limited Louisville to 29.5 percent (18-of-61) shooting Saturday, the lowest opponent field goal percentage by a Blue Devil opponent since Clemson shot 28.3 percent (15-of-53) from the field Jan. 8, 2013. Duke is now 46-0 under Mike Krzyzewski when opponents shoot below 30 percent from the field.

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Duke at Louisville Game Notes

,,njDuke (14-2, 2-2) at [6/7] Louisville (15-2, 3-1)

Saturday, January 17, 2015 • 12:00 p.m. • ESPN

Louisville, Ky. • KFC Yum! Center

The Opening Tip

• Duke (14-2, 2-2) faces Louisville (15-2, 3-1) Saturday, Jan. 17 in its third ACC road contest over a four-game stretch. Tipoff is set for 12:00 p.m. with Dave O’Brien (play-by-play), Dick Vitale (analyst) and Doris Burke (sideline) calling the action for ESPN.

• The Blue Devils enter the game ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll. Duke is 65-14 when ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll.

• Louisville is ranked No. 6 in the AP Poll and No. 7 in the Coaches Poll. Duke is 15-9 all-time against the No. 6 team in the AP Poll.

• The Blue Devils have dropped two straight ACC contests for the first time since the 2008-09 season. Duke has not lost three straight league games since the 2006-07 campaign.

• Freshman Jahlil Okafor leads the ACC in scoring (18.9 ppg.), field goal percentage (.668) and offensive rebounds (4.1 orpg.), while also ranking third in rebounds (9.4 rpg.) and seventh in defensive rebounds (5.3 drpg.).

Last Time Out

• Duke fell to Miami, 90-74, Tuesday at Cameron Indoor Stadium to snap a 41-game home win streak.

• Jahlil Okafor recorded his fifth double-double of the year with 15 points and 15 rebounds, while Amile Jefferson added 14 points and 12 rebounds. The post tandem combined for 14 of Duke’s 17 offensive rebounds in the loss.

• Quinn Cook knocked down four three-point field goals and finished with 18 points, while Rasheed Sulaimon (14) also scored in double figures.

• Miami shot 51.7 percent from the field, including 66.7 percent (18-of-27) in the second half of play. The Hurricanes were also 10-of-20 from three-point range in the contest.

By the numbers

• Duke has lost back-to-back games in a season three times since the start of the 2009-10 season and is 26-3 following a loss during that span.

• Duke has suffered losing streaks of three games or more just four times over the past 20 seasons. The Blue Devils had a pair of four-game skids during the 2006-07 season, as well as a four-game streak and a three-game slide in 1995-96.

• Freshmen Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow have started all 16 games for the Blue Devils. Mike Krzyzewski has started three or more freshmen in a game 51 times at Duke, including 27 times during the 1982-83 season. The trio combines to average 40.2 points, 17.6 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game.

• Jahlil Okafor has scored 20 or more points in seven of the past 11 games and is averaging 20.4 points on 70.2 percent (87-of-124) shooting from the field in that span.

• Quinn Cook is averaging a career-high 14.8 points per game while also posting career bests in field goal percentage (.474), three-point field goals (2.7 3pg.), three-point percentage (.406) and free throw percentage (.970). He has scored in double figures 15 times on the year.

• Jahlil Okafor has the highest field goal percentage (.668) in the NCAA among players attempting seven or more shots per game. Okafor has shot over 70 percent from the field in nine of Duke’s 16 games.

• A freshman has led the Blue Devils in scoring in 12 of 16 games. Jahlil Okafor has paced the offensive attack eight times, while Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow have each led Duke in scoring two times. The rookie trio has also accounted for 10 of Duke’s 11 20-point games on the year (Okafor 7, Jones 2, Winslow 1).

• Quinn Cook has made at least one three-point field goal in each of the past 26 games. He is shooting 41.4 percent (65-of-157) from behind the arc in that stretch. Cook is third in the ACC in three-point field goals (2.7 3pg.) and sixth in three-point percentage (.406) this season.

• Duke has outrebounded its opponent in 15 of 16 games on the year and owns a +8.0 rebound margin. Michigan State is the only team to outrebound the Blue Devils this season.

• Jahlil Okafor (66) and Amile Jefferson (50) have combined for 116 of Duke’s 201 offensive rebounds. Okafor leads the ACC lead with 4.13 orpg., while Jefferson ranks seventh at 3.13 orpg. The tandem combined for 14 offensive rebounds in Tuesday’s loss to Miami.

• Rasheed Sulaimon has scored in double figures in all four ACC games. He is averaging 11.5 points, while shooting 44.4 percent (8-of-18) from three-point range in league play.

• Jahlil Okafor has scored in double figures in 16 straight games, the fourth-longest double digit scoring streak by a freshman at Duke. Johnny Dawkins holds the top mark after scoring 10 or more points in the first 23 games of his career.

• Duke has allowed 10 made three-point field goals in each of the past two games. The Blue Devils allowed just 4.1 made three-point field goals over the first 14 games of the season.

• Jahlil Okafor has recorded a double-double in each of the past three games. He is averaging 16.7 points and 12.7 rebounds per game in that span.

• Duke is shooting 40.5 percent (53-of-131) from the field, including 27.1 percent (13-of-48) from three-point range over the past two games. In comparison, the Blue Devils shot 51.8 percent (413-of-777) from the field and 38.9 percent (109-of-280) from behind the arc over the first 14 games of the season.

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Miami at Duke Game Notes

Cook vs NCSThe Duke Blue Devils look to bounce back after their first loss of the season against Miami tonight.

Duke (14-1, 2-1) at Miami (11-4, 1-1)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 • 9:00 p.m. • ESPN2

Durham, N.C. • Cameron Indoor Stadium

Opening Tip

• Duke (14-1, 2-1) returns home to play Miami (11-4, 1-1) Tuesday, Jan. 13. Tipoff is set for 9:00 p.m. with Tom Hart (play-by-play), Len Elmore (analyst) and Fran Fraschilla (sideline) calling the action for ESPN2.

• The Blue Devils are 8-0 at Cameron Indoor Stadium this season and have won the past 41 home games.

• Duke’s current 41-game home win streak is tied for the third-longest run in school and league history. The Blue Devils own the only four 40+ home win streaks in ACC history.

• Duke enters the game ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Blue Devils are 65-13 when ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll.

• The Blue Devils have had a 20+ point scorer in 10 straight games. Jahlil Okafor has topped the 20-point mark in seven of the past 10 contests.

• Duke has won 19 straight ACC home games dating back to an 88-70 loss to North Carolina March 3, 2012.

Last Time Out

• Duke suffered its first loss of the season Sunday falling to NC State, 87-75, at PNC Arena. The Wolfpack shot 55.0 percent (33-of-60) from the floor, including 62.5 percent (10-of-16) from three-point range.

• Jahlil Okafor recorded his fourth double-double of the year with a game-high 23 points and 12 rebounds. He was 8-of-11 from the field and 7-of-11 from the foul line in the contest.

• Quinn Cook knocked down four three-point field goals and finished with 18 points, while Rasheed Sulaimon (11) and Justise Winslow (10) also scored in double figures.

• Duke shot a season-low 36.9 percent (24-of-65) from the field in the loss.

By the numbers

• Duke has lost back-to-back games in a season twice since the start of the 2009-10 season and is 26-2 following a loss during that span.

• Freshmen Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow have started all 15 games for the Blue Devils. Mike Krzyzewski has started three or more freshmen in a game 50 times at Duke, including 27 times during the 1982-83 season. The trio combines to average 41.3 points, 17.6 rebounds and 8.6 assists per game.

• Jahlil Okafor has scored 20 or more points in seven of the past 10 games and is averaging 20.9 points on 73.0 percent (81-of-111) shooting from the field in that span.

• Justise Winslow is averaging 14.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game over the past four contests. He has scored in double figures in all four games, including a season-high 20 points in the win over Wake Forest.

• Quinn Cook is averaging a career-high 14.6 points per game while also posting career bests in field goal percentage (.468), three-point field goals (2.6 3pg.), three-point percentage (.394) and free throw percentage (.970). He has scored in double figures 14 times on the year.

• Jahlil Okafor has the highest field goal percentage (.684) in the NCAA among players attempting seven or more shots per game. Okafor has shot over 70.0 percent from the field in nine of Duke’s 15 games.

• A freshman has led the Blue Devils in scoring in 12 of 15 games. Jahlil Okafor has paced the offensive attack eight times, while Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow have each led Duke in scoring two times. The rookie trio has also accounted for 10 of Duke’s 11 20-point games on the year (Okafor 7, Jones 2, Winslow 1).

• Quinn Cook has made at least one three-point field goal in each of the past 25 games. He is shooting 40.7 percent (61-of-150) from behind the arc in that stretch. Cook is third in the ACC in three-point field goals (2.6 3pg.) and sixth in three-point percentage (.394) this season.

• Duke has outrebounded its opponent in 14 of 15 games on the year and owns a +7.9 rebound margin. Michigan State is the only team to outrebound the Blue Devils this season.

• Jahlil Okafor (58) and Amile Jefferson (44) have combined for 102 of Duke’s 184 offensive rebounds. Okafor is tied for ACC lead with 3.87 orpg., while Jefferson ranks seventh at 2.93 orpg.

• Duke is averaging 92.2 points per game while shooting 55.9 percent from the field, including 65.2 percent on its two-point field goal attempts, in eight games at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils have a +32.5 scoring margin in those contests.

• Jahlil Okafor has been outstanding at Cameron Indoor Stadium averaging 23.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.0 blocks per game. He is 77-of-101 (.762) from the field at home and has made seven or more field goals in all eight contests.

• Rasheed Sulaimon has scored in double figures in all three ACC games. He is averaging 10.7 points, while shooting 60.0 percent (6-of-10) from three-point range in league play.

• Jahlil Okafor has scored in double figures in 15 straight games, the fourth-longest double digit scoring streak by a freshman at Duke. Johnny Dawkins holds the top mark after scoring 10 or more points in the first 23 games of his career.

• Duke has not lost at Cameron Indoor Stadium following a road loss since falling to Florida State, 68-67, Feb. 4, 2007.