- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was not with the Blue Devils for Tuesday night’s game at Georgia Tech, skipping the Atlantic Coast Conference game after becoming ill.

School officials issued a statement about an hour before tipoff saying Krzyzewski “was feeling under the weather” after the team meal Monday night and stayed in Durham, North Carolina.

Doctors at the university’s hospital checked out the Hall of Fame coach and told him to remain home.

Associate head coach Jeff Capel was in charge during Coach K’s absence. The school said Krzyzewski - the winningest men’s coach in Division I history - is expected to return to the team soon.

Krzyzewski - who turns 69 on Feb. 13 - missed his first game at Duke since he was out for the final 19 games of the 1994-95 season due to back surgery and exhaustion. The Blue Devils went 4-15 in those games, and that record was attributed to then-assistant Pete Gaudet.

Duke officials said Tuesday’s game would go on Krzyzewski’s record, win or lose. Coming into the night, he was 1,033-316 in 41 seasons overall and 960-257 in 36 years at Duke.

The Georgia Tech game marked the first for the Blue Devils (15-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) as a non-Top 25 team since 2007. They slipped out of the rankings after losing four of their previous five games.

Coach K turned the team over to Capel, a former Duke guard and the most experienced assistant on the staff.

Capel went a combined 175-110 while coaching VCU from 2002-06 and Oklahoma from 2006-11. Neither of the other two assistants on the Duke staff - Nate James and Jon Scheyer - have head coaching experience.


AP Sports Writer Joedy McCreary in Raleigh, North Carolina contributed to this report.

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