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Krzyzewski alone in second

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, embraces players Seth Curry and Nolan Smith, back, after a 108-62 win over North Carolina-Greensboro that put “Coach K”
in sole possession of second place on the career men’s victories list, passing former UNC coach Dean Smith.

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Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, embraces players Seth Curry and Nolan Smith, back, after a 108-62 win over North Carolina-Greensboro that put “Coach K” in sole possession of second place on the career men’s victories list, passing former UNC coach Dean Smith.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Mike Krzyzewski one-upped his longtime rival. Now there's only one man with more victories than Duke's Hall of Fame coach — his former mentor.

Krzyzewski moved past rival Dean Smith into second place on the men's all-time wins list Wednesday night, claiming his 880th career win with the top-ranked Blue Devils' 108-62 rout of North Carolina-Greensboro.

He trails Bob Knight, who mentored 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."

"I don't want to take any of that too seriously, but rather say, 'I'm one of the guys who's won a lot of games,'" Krzyzewski said. "To share a spotlight with Dean and (Knight), that's a great honor."

At the buzzer, Krzyzewski hugged UNC Greensboro coach — and former assistant — Mike Dement, and waved to the Duke fans who helped pack the 23,000-seat Greensboro Coliseum.

"When I walked out and saw it was a full house, and so many Duke fans, I did take a moment to reflect back to when I first got to North Carolina and there weren't very many Duke shirts," Krzyzewski said.

Kyle Singler scored 27 and Nolan Smith had 22 of his season-high 26 in the first half for the Blue Devils (12-0).

Smith coached North Carolina for 36 seasons before retiring in 1997 with the most victories in Division I history. Knight then passed Smith and retired nearly three years ago.

"I congratulate Mike on this milestone victory," Smith said in a statement issued by UNC.

UCF stays unbeaten

ORLANDO — Keith Clanton and the Knights more than made up for an ailing Marcus Jordan.

Clanton had 21 points and Jordan added 15 in limited action as the hosts remained unbeaten in the UCF Holiday Classic.

UCF (12-0) is one of seven unbeaten Division I teams in the country.

Jordan, the son of Michael, didn't start for a second straight game because of a sore ankle. He played 23 minutes.

"Marcus is playing at about 70 percent right now, and that changes a lot of things for us," coach Donnie Jones said. " … We had a couple of guys step in and do a great job of giving us something off the bench."

NO. 3 KANSAS 82, UT-ARLINGTON 57: Thomas Robinson, making his first start because Marcus Morris was benched for getting ejected in the previous game, had a career-high 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the host Jayhawks (12-0).

NO. 15 NOTRE DAME 69, NO. 9 GEORGETOWN 55: Tim Abromaitis scored 20 and Tyrone Nash added 15 points and 10 rebounds in the Big East opener for the host Fighting Irish (12-1), who held the nation's fourth-best 3-point shooting team to 4-of-22 (18 percent) from behind the arc. Georgetown (11-2) got within seven in the middle of the second half but could pull no closer.

NO. 23 ILLINOIS 87, IOWA 77: Demetri McCamey led five players in double figures with 20 points for the visiting Illini (11-3) in its Big Ten opener.

NO. 24 VANDY 77, MARQUETTE 76: Andre Walker scored on a layup with 4.1 seconds remaining to win it for the host Commodores (10-2) in their first game since moving into the top 25.

ARKANSAS: Forward Marshawn Powell was suspended, the university announced. No reason or length was given for the suspension, though Powell will be allowed to practice.

IOWA STATE: Guard DeMarcus Phillips, averaging 2.5 points this season, decided to transfer.

XAVIER: Freshman swingman Jay Canty (broken right foot) is out at least four weeks.

Women

NO. 11 KENTUCKY 81, MTSU 72: Victoria Dunlap scored 13 in the second half, including nine during a decisive 19-4 run, for the host Wildcats (10-1).

NO. 15 OKLA. 118, ARK.-PB 52: Freshman Arryn Ellenberg scored 29 and Morgan Hook added 21 for the host Sooners (10-2). Oklahoma tied a school record with 16 3-pointers.

NO. 16 NOTRE DAME 70, GONZAGA 61: Natalie Novosel scored a career-high 27 to help the Fighting Irish (10-3) prevail in Seattle.

NO. 18 MD. 66, NO. 17 ST. JOHN'S 60: Diandra Tchatchouang scored 15 of her 19 in the first half as host Maryland (12-1) won the Terrapin Classic. Eugeneia McPherson scored 25 for St. John's (12-2).

NO. 20 IOWA ST. 85, FAMU 60: Kelsey Bolte scored a career-high 28 for the Cyclones (9-2), who improved to 70-1 in December home games under coach Bill Fennelly. Florida A&M (4-6) drew within 61-45 in the second half but got no closer.

Krzyzewski alone in second 12/29/10 [Last modified: Thursday, December 30, 2010 12:09am]

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