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Krzyzewski Reaches 1,000 College Basketball Wins

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Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski celebrates with his players after his 1,000th career win in an NCAA college basketball game against St. John's at Madison Square Garden in New York Jan. 25, 2015.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski celebrates with his players after his 1,000th career win in an NCAA college basketball game against St. John's at Madison Square Garden in New York Jan. 25, 2015.

Mike Krzyzewski, who guided the U.S. men's basketball team to gold medals at the last two Olympics, has reached a historic coaching milestone in U.S. college basketball.

Krzyzewski became the first men's coach to reach 1,000 wins in Division I when his Duke University team defeated St. John's University Sunday, 77-68, at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Widely known as just Coach K, the 67-year-old Krzyzewski began his head coaching career at Army, where he stayed for five seasons before taking over as Duke's head coach in 1980. He has led Duke to four national championships and four second place finishes, as well as 13 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) tournament championships and 12 ACC regular season championships.

Krzyzewski has won several national and conference coach of the year honors, and he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001.

After Sunday's milestone win, giving Duke a 17-2 mark this season, Krzyzewski downplayed the significance of his achievement, saying that during the game when his team was behind he did not think he would end up with the win.

But he did say that getting his 1,000th victory at a storied venue like Madison Square Garden was special because he played there many years ago and coached games there while at Army.

It was in November of 2011 with victory number 903 that Krzyzewski became the all-time winningest Division I men's coach, passing legendary Indiana University coach Bob Knight. Krzyzewski credits Knight for much of his success, after serving as his assistant at Indiana for one season in the mid-1970s. He also said a big key has been to change his coaching with the change in culture through the years of his student athletes.

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