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DURHAM -- All of sportdom is abuzz as statistical analysts have calculated that Duke University's head men's basketball coach Michael Krzyzewski has won a round number of games.
"It's very impressive feat," said Dr. Lawrence Lugg of Duke's Department of Statistical Science. "Fewer than one in a hundred coaches have won a number of games that ends exactly in double zero," said Lugg.
"While winning a number of games that ends precisely in a single zero is relatively common, almost one in ten coaches has done that -- but double zeroes, that's impressive. How difficult a record it is is also shown by how hard it is to keep. Almost always, within a few games, they lose it," said Professor Lugg.
Experts predict that Krzyzewski, if he doesn't let this usually ephemeral record slip away on Tuesday against the University of Virginia, will manage to hold onto it at least until after their regular season home finale against the University of North Carolina this coming Sunday.
Gary D. Gaddy once, in a previous life, was the coordinator of statistical consulting for the Howard W. Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Copyright 2008 Gary D. Gaddy