Originally created 12/24/06

Knight ties Smith his way

LUBBOCK, Texas - Bob Knight always will be known for his temper and guile, for throwing a chair and winning national championships. Now he's got the ultimate vindication for doing things his way: Nobody has ever won more Division I men's basketball games.

Love or loathe him and his tactics, Knight tied Dean Smith's mark of 879 victories on Saturday when Texas Tech beat Bucknell 72-60.

"I'm pleased that we're both right where we are," Knight said.

Knight has long insisted the record is a reflection on others, not himself. He's stuck to that stance to the end: There was no announcement in the arena and four of his five assistants, including son and successor-to-be Pat, walked by him as if nothing had happened. The fifth assistant merely patted Knight lightly on the back as he went past.

"I'd like to have hit 62 home runs. Then I think I would've accomplished something," Knight said.

"I hope those kids that played (for me) at Army back in '65, I hope some of them watched the game today and can look at themselves or their grandchildren and can say, 'I was there when that (expletive) started.'"

Knight's first chance to own the top spot all by his sweater-wearing self comes on Thursday night at home against UNLV. Two more home games follow, giving him a good chance of hitting 880 in front of the community that's embraced him since he arrived in 2001.

In his 41st year of coaching, Knight has a record of 879-353 with three national titles.

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