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By BRIAN LANDMAN, Times wires
Published March 25, 2005
RALEIGH, N.C. - Few contemporaries can compare with Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, who has won more NCAA Tournament games than any other men's coach. Among his peers, though, his counterpart in today's Austin Region semifinal may come closest.
In 10 years at Michigan State, Tom Izzo is 231-96, with eight straight NCAA appearances and three trips to the Final Four. Over that period, Duke is 290-57.
But though Izzo is happy with the state of his program, he isn't ready to compare it to Duke's.
"I think we're in the same area code," Izzo said. "I'd like to be in the same city limits. I'd like to get into the same building. I have a lot of respect for guys like Mike who do it year after year after year. We have a long way to go to get there."
Statistically, at least, Izzo is second only to Krzyzewski among active coaches in tournament success. His 21-6 record gives him a winning percentage of .778, behind Krzyzewski's .795 (66-17).
Izzo has led the fifth-seeded Spartans to the round of 16 in six of the past eight seasons; top-seeded Duke is there for the eighth time in a row.
Duke won the national title in 2001, Michigan State in 2000.
The similarities don't end there. Six of Izzo's assistant coaches have gone on to head-coaching jobs; seven former Krzyzewski assistants are Division I head coaches.
Both are proteges of Big Ten legends, Krzyzewski of former Indiana coach Bobby Knight, his coach at Army, and Izzo of former Michigan State coach Jud Heathcote, whose job he assumed in 1995 when Heathcote retired.
The one place Izzo can't match Krzyzewski is head to head. Duke has won all four meetings, including 81-74 in the fourth game this season and 68-62 in the 1999 Final Four.
"It's getting time we get over that hurdle," Izzo said.
FOOTBALL CAN WAIT: Spring football begins in just a few days, but new Illinois coach Ron Zook, fired by Florida last fall, was thinking first and foremost basketball.
"To have an opportunity to be here in this environment is really super," he said shortly before the Fighting Illini's Sweet 16 matchup against Wisconsin-Milwaukee at the Allstate Arena.
"Coach ( Bruce) Weber's done a great job. The exciting thing for me and our staff is to see the way the fans are. The basketball program can do it, the wrestling program can do it. All the sports. It's our job to get the football program like that. I don't think there's any question that when we get the football program like that, you're going to see the same excitement, the same enthusiasm."
The football team starts practicing Tuesday, and though Zook acknowledges the Fighting Illini have a lot of work to do to duplicate the success of the basketball team, he said he's been "very impressed with the attitude and work ethic" of his players.
"The guys want to make this program like it's supposed to be," he said.
HARMONIC CONVERGENCE: Krzyzewski saw something rare before his team left for its game.
As the Blue Devils headed to their charter plane at the Raleigh-Durham airport Wednesday, ACC rivals North Carolina and North Carolina State were doing the same a few hundred yards away.
It's the first time since 1989 those three teams advanced to the round of 16. The Tar Heels and Wolfpack were bound for the Syracuse Region.
"It was like we were either evacuating or we were all deploying," Krzyzewski said. "I (was) looking and said, "I am sure this hasn't happened.' That is great for our region, and I am happy for our league."
NEW FAVORITE: North Carolina, which won its first two games by a total of 55 points, passed Illinois to become the tournament favorite among futures traders. Contracts that would pay $100 if UNC wins have risen 47 percent to $29.50 at Dublin, Ireland'stradesports.com, highest for the 16 teams left.
"They're blowing people away," said trade-sports.com spokesman Mike Knesevitch, whose online exchange has about 50,000 members. "That's what traders are looking for at this point in the tournament."
WEBER HONORED: The Illinois coach was named Naismith coach of the year after leading the Illini to a 34-1 record and the No. 1 ranking.