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Barry Jacobs On Duke's #1 Rankings Under K

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Mike Krzyzewski figures to get his 903rd career victory tonight at Madison Square Garden, the midtown Manhattan arena once the center of the basketball universe. "Any time we play in the Garden it's a big honor," Krzyzewski said this week.

The sheer number of Krzyzewski's wins open up a wealth of statistical byways and back stories, a number-crunchers buffet. Among the more delectable tidbits is the performance of his Duke squads as members of the Associated Press Top 10, where the Blue Devils have most recently resided for 76 straight weeks.

Over the years Coach K's teams have spent a whopping 406 weeks in the top 10, beginning at the outset of the 1985 season, his fifth year at Duke. Late in February of the '86 season, en route to the NCAA championship contest the Devils reached the ultimate poll plateau, playing the final 11 games as the nation's No. 1 team.

That's a perch they've occupied in 15 different seasons for 104 weeks. Duke finished eight of those 15 years as the top-rated unit.

When ranked atop the AP poll, Krzyzewki's squads are 183-26, an .876 winning percentage.

Of its defeats as No. 1, Duke suffered the majority (17) against ranked teams. Similarly, 17 of the losses were inflicted by ACC opponents. Ten came against other members of the top 10. Five ended a season in NCAA competition.

The 1992 Blue Devils were the last team rated No. 1 throughout an entire season, finishing with a 34-2 record and a second consecutive NCAA title.

Duke's Record As No. 1 Team In AP Poll Under Mike Krzyzewski
Season Record Last Poll At Top Lost To
1986 10-1 Final No. 7 Louisville (NCAA title game)
1989 13-2 Jan. 17 No. 13 UNC, Wake Forest
1992 34-2 Final No. 9 UNC, Wake Forest
1993 8-1 Jan. 4 No. 10 Georgia Tech
1994 1-1 Jan. 31 No. 2 UNC
1998 13-3 March 1 Michigan, No. 2 UNC, No. 4 UNC
1999 19-2 Final No. 15 Cincinnati, No. 3 UConn (NCAA title game)
2000 2-1 Final No. 11 Florida (NCAA)
2001 11-1 Final No. 3 Stanford
2002 23-3 Final Florida State, No. 3 Maryland, Indiana (NCAA)
2003 3-1 Jan. 13 No. 17 Maryland
2004 7-1 Feb. 9 No. 21 N.C. State
2006 21-4 Final Georgetown, Florida State, No. 13 UNC, No. 18 LSU (NCAA)
2009 1-1 Jan. 26 No. 6 Wake Forest
2011 17-2 Final Florida State, Virginia Tech

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