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Mike Krzyewski and Dean Smith still set the standard.

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NCAA Basketball: Hall of Fame Tip Off-Penn State at Duke
Nov 19, 2016; Uncasville, CT, USA; Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski watches from the sideline as they take on the Penn State Nittany Lions in the second half at Mohegun Sun Arena. Duke defeated Penn State 78-68.
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When Florida State faces Southern Mississippi tonight, coach Leonard Hamilton will be going for his 264th win at Tallahassee.

Hamilton, in his 15th season at FSU, already is the school’s leader in career victories. A win over the Golden Eagles – previously the Tigers, Normalities, Yellow Jackets, Confederates, and Southerns (with KKK founder Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest as the mascot) – would leave Hamilton tied for 10th place all-time in wins in ACC competition.

Frank McGuire also had 264 at North Carolina and South Carolina in 15 full seasons when schedules were shorter.

The Florida State coach additionally had 144 wins in a decade at Miami when it was a Big East school. Add those victories to his present FSU total by, say, counting total wins at current ACC schools, and Hamilton would rank fourth between Maryland’s Gary Williams and UNC’s Roy Williams at 408 career victories.

With four nonconference games left after tonight, when FSU hosts Wake Forest on Dec. 28 to open the ACC season for each school, Hamilton should stand ninth in conference career coaching victories.

The next-closest active coach is Virginia’s Tony Bennett, with 172 wins at an ACC helm pending tonight’s home game against Wake Forest. Bennett is in his eighth season at Charlottesville, averaging about 23.7 victories per year.

Most Wins by Coaches at Schools While ACC Members
(Through Dec. 5, 2016; Season About 25% Complete)
Wins Coach, School Seasons Win/Yr
978 Mike Krzyzewski, D 36 1/4 27.0
879 Dean Smith, NC 36 24.4
461 Gary Williams, M 22 21.0
373 Roy Williams, NC 13 1/4 28.2
354 Bobby Cremins, GT 19 18.6
348 Lefty Driesell, M 17 20.5
326 Terry Holland, V 16 20.4
266 Norman Sloan, NCS 14 19.0
264 Frank McGuire, NC/SC 15 17.6
263 Leonard Hamilton, FS 14 ¼ 18.5

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