CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Led by J.J. Redick and DeMarcus Nelson, No. 10 Duke routed Valparaiso, bringing coach Mike Krzyzewski to the doorstep of history.
Redick scored 26 points and the freshman Nelson scored a career-high 17 as the Blue Devils rolled to a 93-61 triumph over the Crusaders at the United Center. It was the 699th career victory for Krzyzewski, who needs one more win to become the sixth active coach to reach 700.
Krzyzewski will shoot for number 700 on December 12 against Toledo in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Redick, who shot 8-of-13 from the floor, including 3-of-5 3-pointers, scored 19 points in the first half.
During a 22-5 run, Redick and Shelden Williams combined for 15 points to give Duke a 32-15 lead with 6:08 left in the first half. Williams began the run with a dunk 5:34 into the half to snap a 10-10 tie, and Redick completed it by hitting a pair of free throws.
Nelson, who had scored just 16 points combined over his first four games, scored nine over the first 20 minutes as the Blue Devils (5-0) took a 48-26 lead into the break. His three-point play with 2:22 remaining gave Duke its biggest lead at 91-54.
Krzyzewski, who has gone 626-181 in his career at Duke, has led the Blue Devils to their fourth 5-0 start in the last five seasons.
Williams scored 16 points and Daniel Ewing scored 14 to go with six assists and three steals for the Blue Devils, whose defense held the Crusaders without a fast-break point.
Dan Oppland scored 21 points and Jimmie Miles scored 17 for Valparaiso (0-4), which lost the only previous meeting between the schools last year, 97-63.
Guard Jared Loyd recorded seven assists and three steals but was responsible for 10 of the Crusaders' 21 turnovers.