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Former Duke Assistants, Now Head Coaches, Still Playing ACC Teams

At least a few times anyway, except for Mike Brey, who coaches in the conference now.

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Five former Duke players and an ex-assistant to Mike Krzyzewski are running major college programs this season.

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Of that group, two do not face ACC teams in 2014-15: Johnny Dawkins at Stanford, which he took to the NCAA tournament last year, likely saving his job, and Buffalo's Bobby Hurley. (Hurley's younger brother, Dan, is head coach at Rhode Island, absent from BC's schedule after years as an annual Eagles opponent.)

Mike Brey, who worked for Krzyzewski from the 1988 to 1995 seasons, is of course the head coach at Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish play every ACC member at least once in 2015, as is now the custom, with Boston College, Clemson, Duke and Georgia Tech sharing home-and-home meetings. Of six ACC wins by the Irish in 2014, five came against the teams it faces twice this year.

That leaves Tommy Amaker's Harvard squad, at Virginia and at Boston College, which it's beaten six times in a row. Northwestern, with second-year coach Chris Collins, engages in Challenges at Georgia Tech (ACC/Big 10) and potentially against Virginia Tech (Cancun). Finally head coaching newcomer Steve Wojciechowski matches up with Georgia Tech at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla.

Head Coaches with Duke Ties Facing ACC Teams

Ex-Duke Associate Coaching At ACC Opponents
Tommy Amaker Harvard at BC (1/14), at UVa (12/21)
Mike Brey Notre Dame vs. entire ACC
Chris Collins Northwestern at GT (12/3), vs. VT (N)* 11/26
Johnny Dawkins Stanford none
Bobby Hurley Buffalo one
Steve Wojciechowski Marquette GT (N) 11/27
* May instead face Miami of Ohio in tournament.