Duke avid gamers react from the bench all the contrivance in which throughout the essential half of of the essential spherical of the 2K Empire Traditional NCAA college basketball tournament against California, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, in Fresh York. (AP Photograph/Kathy Willens)
Mike Krzyzewski is able to turn into No. 1 at winning at No. 1.
He has to portion that milestone for no decrease than one extra game with the Wizard of Westwood.
Krzyzewski coached a No. 1-ranked Duke workers to victory for the 217th time, matching John Picket for that career file within the Blue Devils’ 87-52 romp over California on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
Krzyzewski is 217-34 when the Blue Devils procure the tip place of abode, a value they hit this week in The Associated Press poll. Picket went 217-11 with UCLA because the tip-ranked workers.
“I’d deem most video games he (coached) he used to be No. 1,” Krzyzewski said. “Any time you’re talked about alongside the leisure he did is a ravishing broad praise.”
Krzyzewski can space the file Friday night at MSG if the Blue Devils (5-0) knock off Georgetown within the closing of the 2K Empire Traditional. The Hoyas defeated No. 22 Texas 82-66 within the opener.
The Blue Devils climbed a spot of abode after unranked Evansville pulled off the season’s largest surprise to this level by supreme outdated No. 1 Kentucky.
Duke is ranked No. 1 for the 143rd week, extending its fill file, and has the tip place of abode within the AP poll for the 20th season under Krzyzewski, additionally a file.
Vernon Carey led Duke with 31 functions and 12 rebounds. Carey scored 21 functions within the essential half of, one level better than one of the best doubtless in his short career, space a game earlier against Georgia Notify.
“He’s the level of curiosity of our offense excellent now,” Krzyzewski said. “He’s making passes, he can save the ball on the bottom. He’s playing through contact, has a decent touch.”
Jack White and Tre Jones hit consecutive 3s within the essential half of to aid stretch a 9-level consequence in 19 at halftime, and the Blue Devils by no draw regarded aid. Duke followers stuffed the Garden, this system’s home within the Northeast. The Blue Devils opened the season here with a take over Kansas and they beat Cal for his or her 37th career take at MSG.
This game can had been played anyplace and the would undoubtedly be the identical.
The play of the game for Duke came on Alex O’Connell’s utilizing, one-handed dunk down the lane within the second half of that woke up the sleepy crowd. That made it 57-32 and the cheers persevered because the dunk used to be replayed heading into a timeout.
The loudest ovation came for worn Duke giant name and Knicks rookie RJ Barrett, who flashed a gaudy championship ring — the salvage of jewellery the Knicks haven’t seen all the contrivance in which throughout the town in a long time.
The Blue Devils are heavy on inexperienced persons again after replacing one batch of one-and-completed avid gamers with any other. Carey, a 5-giant name recruit who inherited Zion Williamson’s No. 1 jersey, made 11 of 18 shots and checked out with Duke maintaining a 27-level lead.
“We started struggling first and predominant with it and then the coaches told us to salvage the ball within the heart, and then this would possibly possibly start every little thing up, so factual getting the ball within the heart spaced out loads of issues,” Carey said.
The Golden Bears (4-1) shot handiest 37% from the bottom and didn’t own a participant ranking in double digits.
Cal: Coach Mark Fox misplaced for the essential time in his first season at Cal. Fox used to be employed after a search that lasted decrease than every week to change Wyking Jones. For the period of 14 seasons with Nevada and Georgia, Fox went 286-176 with 5 NCAA Tournament appearances. The Golden Bears had been off to their easiest start since 2015-16 and are already midway in direction of final season’s take total.
“Here’s a sizable take a look at for us to learn what one of the best doubtless looks to be fancy,” Fox said. “They’ve a sizable workers and a extremely total workers.”
Duke: The Blue Devils play for any other in-season tournament title.
Cal: Performs No. 22 Texas within the consolation game, then hosts UC Davis on Tuesday.
Duke: After facing Georgetown Friday in Fresh York, returns home to play Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday.