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Coach K comments on Bo Ryan’s sudden decision to retire

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Duke and Wisconsin battled for the national championship last season and it was apparent how much respect there was between Mike Krzyzewski and Bo Ryan.

While Ryan started to mention thoughts on retirement this summer, it still caught many in the college basketball world by surprise, including Coach K.

[RELATED: Did Bo Ryan quit on his team?]

Krzyzewski commented on Ryan’s retirement during his show, “Basketball and Beyond” on SiriusXM. You can read text of what he said below.

“It’s a surprise when it happened.  It’s not a surprise that it did happen because Bo had said that this would be his last year and then was kind of going back and forth well maybe it wouldn’t be.  But once you say it is going to be your last year, man, that means you’ve been thinking about it for at least a little bit.  From what I understand there are no health issues.  That’s the very first thing I think about when something happens during the year, but he did not say that.  He was very positive and very complimentary about his administration – Barry Alvarez, the athletic director, one of the really esteemed people in college sports, and his president, and the whole University of Wisconsin community, the good people that would understand that the time has come.”

The move also caused Coach K to reflect on Ryan’s career a bit, including the recent back-to-back Wisconsin Final Four teams.

“The time that he spent there he’s really built Wisconsin to be one of the nation’s best programs.  Going to these two straight Final Fours the last two seasons and winning over 70 games in those two years.  Really established Wisconsin, and it had never been established really.  They had some success but Bo was able to give them sustained success.  I want to congratulate him on a great, great career.  He was also a Division III national championship coach.  He’s a lifer and someone who has always given good stuff to the game.  We’re going to miss him.”

Coach K earns career win No. 1,000 in No. 5 Duke’s win over St. John’s

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Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski reached a milestone by winning game No. 1,000 as the No. 5 Blue Devils bested St. John’s 77-68 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

The legendary head coach already owns four national championships and two Olympic gold medals but now Coach K is the first men’s Division I basketball coach to reach the 1,000 win mark.

The Blue Devils (17-2) led by as many as 11 points in the first half, but trailed 43-39 at the half. Trailing 61-51 with 8:35 remaining, Duke mounted a furious rally as Quinn Cook, Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor all made consecutive three-point plays to fuel a 15-1 Blue Devil run.

Jones led Duke by scoring 22 points and dishing out six assists while Okafor (17 points and 10 rebounds) and Cook (17 points) each had good second-half efforts. Junior forward Amile Jefferson chipped in 11 points while junior reserve big man Marshall Plumlee gave valuable minutes off the bench, contributing two points and five rebounds.

St. John’s (13-6) had four players in double figures, led by Sir’Dominic Pointer (21 points) and Rysheed Jordan (18 points), but ultimately ran out of gas in the last 10 minutes as the Red Storm’s lack of depth came back to haunt them.

This wasn’t Coach K’s first milestone win at Madison Square Garden. The Duke head coach passed former mentor Bob Knight on the men’s Division I basketball all-time wins list with victory No. 903 on Nov. 15, 2011 in a game against Michigan State. Krzyzewski is actually the third men’s college basketball head coach at a four-year school to reach 1,000 wins after McKendree University head coach Harry Statham and Oregon Tech head coach Danny Miles.

Former Tennessee women’s head coach Pat Summit still has the most Division I wins of any basketball coach as she registered 1,098 career wins before retiring after the 2011-12 season.

The next Division I men’s basketball coach expected to reach 1,000 wins is Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim. Boeheim currently sits at 962 career wins.

The Top Ten Players that Coach K has had at Duke

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1. Jay Williams: I’d make the argument that J-Will — who was still Jason back then — is the best basketball player that’s ever worn a Duke uniform. Maybe this is me being naive, as I was all of seven years old when Laettner finished up his Duke career, but he’s got the college resume to back it up. He won the 2001 national title, National Player of the Year in 2002 and was the No. 2 overall pick that year. If he didn’t destroy his leg in a motorcycles accident, I firmly believe this wouldn’t be a discussion.

2. Christian Laettner: Laettner finished his college career with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, was a two-time All-American, the 1992 National Player of the Year and the No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft in 1992. But that’s not the whole story: He not only won national titles in both 1991 and 1992, he’s the only player in college basketball history to start in four straight Final Fours. Oh, and the 6-foot-11 center shot 48.5 percent from three in his career.

3. Johnny Dawkins: There’s an argument to be made that Dawkins is as important to the growth of the Duke program as anyone, including Coach K. He was a two-time All-American point guard that led the school to the 1986 national title game — they lost to Louisville — and a then-record 37 wins in a season. He was the National Player of the Year in 1986 and left the program as the school’s all-time leading scorer. That 1986 season sparked a stretch where Duke made the Final Four in seven of nine seasons, including five straight years and back-to-back national titles.

4. Grant Hill: Hill was on the Duke team that won the 1991 and 1992, but he didn’t come into his own as a player until 1994, when he was named ACC Player of the Year while leading the Blue Devils to the title game. He was the first player in ACC history to collect 1,900 points, 700 rebounds, 400 assists, 200 steals and 100 blocked shots, but ankle issues plagued him throughout his time in the NBA.

5. Shane Battier: Battier was a three-time Defensive Player of the Year that led Duke to two Final Fours, including the 2001 National Title, and was also named the 2001 National Player of the Year.

6. J.J. Redick: Redick surpassed Dawkins as Duke’s all-time leading scorer in 2006, a season where he and Adam Morrison went head-to-head in one of the most memorable National Player of the Year races in college basketball history.

7. Bobby Hurley: Hurley played in three Final Fours, was the starting point guard for the 1991 and 1992 national titles and is still the NCAA’s all-time assists leader. He was the No. 7 pick in the 1993 draft, but a near-fatal car accident during his rookie season derailed a promising career.

8. Elton Brand: Brand was the consensus National Player of the Year in 1999 playing for a Duke team that included Trajan Langdon, William Avery, Shane Battier, Corey Maggette, Nate James and Chris Carrawell.

9. Danny Ferry: Ferry picked up where Dawkins left off, helping carry Duke to Final Fours in 1986, 1988 and 1989. He was a two-time all-american and eventually taken as the No. 2 pick in the 1989 draft.

10. Jahlil Okafor: I know he’s only midway through his collegiate career and, with the number of incredible college players that don’t get mentioned here — Shelden Williams, Trajan Langdon, Kyle Singler, Mike Dunleavy, Jabari Parker. I can go on and on. — it might seem silly to have Okafor this high. That said, I think Okafor has a shot to be the best player to ever come out of the Duke program. Ever. He’s the centerpiece on a top 10 team this season and the favorite to win the National Player of the Year award and go No. 1 overall in the 2015 draft. In ten years we may look back and be shocked at how low he is.

943. Todd Zafirovski: The 6-foot-11 walk-on played in 20 games in his collegiate career.

944. Jay Bilas: Someone has to be Duke’s Mr. Irrelevant.