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Rasheed Sulaimon was never the player he looked like he might become after his freshman year, but after his sudden dismissal from Duke’s team, he’s still not easily replaced given the lack of depth elsewhere on the roster.

While 1,000 wins is a numerical milestone, the real milestone of Mike Krzyzewski’s career accumulation was arguably win No. 903, at this very same arena in 2011, to pass his mentor Bobby Knight. Duke guard Quinn Cook played two minutes that night as a freshman. Sunday, his step-back 3-pointer with 5:38 to play completed the comeback and put Duke in a lead the Blue Devils would not relinquish.

Mike Krzyzewski said afterward he couldn't recall coaching a game quite like that one. Technically, he was right: No one ever has. With Duke's 77-68 win Sunday, Krzyzewski became the first Division I men's basketball coach to win 1,000 games.

From the very first win of his coaching career, at Army in November 1975, the foundation of Mike Krzyzewski’s college-basketball success was apparent.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has a chance to win his 1,000th game Sunday at St. John’s, but as impressive as that milestone will be, perhaps more impressive is his 40-year (and counting) tenure at Duke and Army.

Rebecca Greenwell leads Duke in scoring as a redshirt freshman, but it could easily be her sophomore year. She was willing to give up a year of eligibility to help the Blue Devils through last season’s injury crisis.

Even at the Carolina Hurricanes’ January pace -- 6-2-1 -- they’re unlikely to make the playoffs, and with two elite prospects available in the draft, this is a very good season to be a very bad team.

Wins No. 998 and 999 came in most unusual fashion for Mike Krzyzewski, as Duke turned a two-game losing streak into a two-game winning streak through heavy use of zone defense, including Monday’s 79-65 win over Pittsburgh.

The timing and manner of Duke’s sudden January struggles once again raises questions whether building a team around freshmen is compatible with the principles Duke’s program was built upon.

Tim Durbin, a 2005 North Carolina graduate, is about to embark on a quest to run seven marathons in seven days – on seven continents as he tries to raise $77,777 for the V Foundation. “It’s just a unique way for an average person to challenge themselves mentally and physically, to see what you’re capable of doing,” Durbin said.

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Luke has worked for The News & Observer since 2000. He covered the Carolina Hurricanes and the NHL before becoming a sports columnist in August 2008. A native of Evanston, Ill., he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.
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