EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Mike Krzyzewski has been doing OK for himself as a college basketball coach.
He has more wins than any other Division I men’s coach with 936. He has four national championships and has led the U.S. national team to two gold medals.
Still, he doesn’t take anything for granted, not even when his team is off to a 9-0 start for the 15th time under his direction.
I couldn’t expect to be 9-0, he said Saturday after the second-ranked Blue Devils beat Temple 90-67 at the Izod Center. I have dealt with unrealistic expectations since 1986. I deal with them every summer with the U.S. team. It’s a good place to be. I’d rather have people expect something of you than not expect something good of you.
We’re a beatable team. We just haven’t been beat yet. With our conference we’ll be tested a lot.
Seth Curry scored 23 points and big men Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly had double-doubles as Duke prevailed in the matchup of unbeatens.
Curry was 5 for 9 from three-point range, leading Duke’s 12-for-20 effort from behind the arc.
Curry injured his left ankle in the win over Ohio State and hasn’t been able to go at full strength in practice but everything seems OK in games.
The Owls (6-1) got within 12 points twice late, the last at 72-60 with 6:38 left on a basket by Jake O’Brien.
After a free throw by Plumlee, Curry scored the next seven points for Duke, the last a three-pointer with 3:38 left that gave the Blue Devils their first 20-point lead, 80-60.
Curry was great today, Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. He stepped up and did what he had to do. When we were just sniffing to get back in it, he hit some tough shots. That’s a fabulous team and a fabulous coach.
Plumlee finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Kelly had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Duke (9-0) while Quinn Cook added 14 points.
No. 4 SYRACUSE 108, MONMOUTH (N.J.) 56: In Syracuse, N.Y., Michael-Carter Williams had 15 points and a career-high 16 assists, and C.J. Fair had 14 points and 10 rebounds, the second straight double-double for both players, to lead the Orange (8-0) to their 28th straight win at home.
No. 5 LOUISVILLE 99, UMKC 47: In Louisville, Ky., Russ Smith scored a career-high 31 points as the Cardinals (8-1) cruised.
No. 9 KANSAS 90, COLORADO 54: In Lawrence, Kan., Ben McLemore scored 24 points, and Kevin Young added 16 points and eight rebounds to lead the Jayhawks (7-1).
No. 11 CINCINNATI 92, MARYLAND-EASTERN SHORE 60: In Cincinnati, guard Cashmere Wright set a career high with six three-pointers, and Sean Kilpatrick scored 19 of his 23 points in the first half as the Bearcats (9-0) stayed unbeaten.
No. 12 MISSOURI 68, TENNESSEE STATE 38: In Columbia, Mo., Stefan Jankovic scored all 14 of his points in the second half to lead the Tigers (8-1).
No. 15 GEORGETOWN 46, TOWSON 40: In Washington, Greg Whittington scored 11 points, and the Hoyas held Towson scoreless over the final 4 1/2 minutes to win.
No. 20 NORTH CAROLINA 78, EAST TENNESSEE STATE 55: In Chapel Hill, N.C., Leslie McDonald scored 14 points and the Tar Heels held the Buccaneers to 12 points in the first half.
No. 23 OKLAHOMA STATE 62, MISSOURI STATE 42: In Stillwater, Okla., Markel Brown scored 15 points, Michael Cobbins and Le’Bryan Nash added 10 apiece to lead the Cowboys (7-1).
No. 25 N.C. STATE 80, CLEVELAND STATE 63: In Raleigh, N.C., C.J. Leslie scored 19 points and Richard Howell had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Wolfpack (6-2).