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Can anyone catch Coach K?

It won't be easy for any coach, but these four probably have the best shot

Updated: November 15, 2011, 9:38 PM ET
By John Gasaway | Special to ESPN Insider
Bill SelfJamie Squire/Getty ImagesBill Self is one of several accomplished coaches looking up at Coach K's win total.

As you may have heard, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski has overtaken his mentor Bob Knight and set a record for career wins by a Division I head coach. With 903 victories under his belt, Coach K stands alone at No. 1 ... and he's still going. Let's take a moment to celebrate an amazing achievement, the equivalent of recording a 30-win season every season for 30 years.

OK. And now, on to the next moment. Let's ask the obvious but nevertheless intriguing question: Can any coach hope to break Coach K's record?

It won't be easy. Krzyzewski is 64 years old -- a bit younger than standard-issue Big East legends like Jim Calhoun (69) and Jim Boeheim (about to turn 67) -- and he hasn't even hinted at retiring. It's not at all inconceivable that Coach K could reach 1,000 wins before he's done. In fact, if he coaches just four more seasons it's a virtual certainty. Who can possibly match a figure like that?