With a victory tonight against Butler, he will become just the third man to win a fourth national championship. John Wooden, who may never be caught, has 10. Adolph Rupp, the late Kentucky coach, has four. Krzyzewski’s mentor, Bob Knight, has three, and his longtime rival Dean Smith has two.
Krzyzewski will have won his four in the most competitive era of college basketball, adapting over those 25 years to the changes to the game and within his program.