Previewing Duke

Pack Pride
Posted Jan 11, 2013


Senior center Mason Plumlee has led Duke to the No. 1 ranking in college basketball. Here is a preview of the Blue Devils.

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  • STATS

    PROJECTED STARTERS
    G #2 Quinn Cook SO (6-1, 175) 11.4 PPG, 6.1 APG
    G #30 Seth Curry SR (6-2, 185) 16.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG
    G #14 Rasheed Sulaimon FR (6-4, 185) 11.2 PPG, 2.3 RPG
    F #15 Josh Hairston JR (6-7, 240) 1.7 PPG, 2.1 RPG
    F #5 Mason Plumlee SR (6-10, 235) 17.7 PPG, 11.4 RPG

    STAR WATCH
    Mason Plumlee -- The ACC's leader in double-doubles, Plumlee is having a breakout senior season for the Blue Devils.

    He leads the team in scoring and rebounding, and is the only player in the conference averaging a double-double on the season. He also leads the NCAA in field goal percentage (.616) among players with 10 or more field goal attempts per game.


    Duke Notables

    The Opening Tip
    • Duke is 15-0 on the year and looking to open the season with 16 straight wins for the fourth time under Mike Krzyzewski.

    • The Blue Devils are ranked No. 1 in both the AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll. Duke has been ranked No. 1 in 11 of the past 16 seasons.

    • Duke has been ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll 126 weeks overall, including 108 weeks under Coach K.

    • Duke is 213-31 all-time when ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll. The Blue Devils are 8-1 all-time against N.C. State when ranked No. 1.

    • Krzyzewski is second in NCAA history with 189 wins and 215 games at the helm of the top-ranked team in the AP Poll.

    • Against top-25 teams this season, Duke is 3-0 with wins over No. 2 Louisville, No. 3 Kentucky and No. 4 Ohio State.

    • Saturday’s game against N.C. State will be Duke’s first true road game of the season. Duke has played six games at neutral sites.

    The Last Time Out
    • Duke won its sixth straight game as the nation’s No. 1 team, taking down Clemson, 68-40, on Tuesday.

    • Quinn Cook scored a career-high 27 points to go with five rebounds, five assists and four steals, marking the third time in school history that a Duke player notched at least 25 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals in a game (Grant Hill & Danny Ferry). Cook was 12-of-16 from the field with three 3-pointers.

    • Duke held Clemson to 10 points in the first half to tie for the second lowest opponent scoring total in a half under Coach K.

    • Seth Curry scored his 1,000th career point, becoming the 62nd Duke player to do so.

    • After shooting just 29.0 percent (9-of-31) in the first half, Duke bounced back to shoot 72.0 percent (18-of-25) in the second half.

    • Ryan Kelly had 12 points and six rebounds before suffering an injury late in the first half.

    Duke Vs. The Atlantic Coast Conference
    • Duke is 899-489 all-time in the regular season against teams currently in the ACC (includes games when those teams were not members of the ACC).

    • Under Mike Krzyzewski, Duke is 337-140 against the ACC in the regular season and 53-18 in the ACC Tournament. Krzyzewski ranks second in ACC history with 390 career league wins.

    • Duke has domianted the ACC regular season since 1997, logging a 193-49 record during that span which is 35 more wins than the next closest school.

    Seniors Reach 1,000-Point Mark
    • Seniors Mason Plumlee (1,034) and Seth Curry (1,006) became members of Duke’s 1,000-point club this season. Classmate Ryan Kelly (858) is also within reach of becoming the 63rd Duke player to reach that mark.

    • Only three other trios have each topped the 1,000-point plateau during the same season at Duke (Kyle Singler, Jon Scheyer & Gerald Henderson in 2008-09; J.J. Redick, Daniel Ewing & Chris Duhon in 2003-04; Phil Henderson, Robert Brickey & Alaa Abdelnaby in 1989-90).

    Scoring by Starters
    • Duke has the most productive starting lineup in the country. Duke’s starters average an NCAA-best 68.8 points per game.

    • The group has combined to account for 86.8 percent of Duke’s total scoring this season, which is the second-highest percentage in the nation.

    • Duke’s starters have scored 57 or more points in every game this season, including a season-high 87 in an 89-71 win over Minnesota.

    • All five Duke starters have scored in double figures twice this season, while at least four have scored 10 or more points nine times.

    Plumlee Posting Impressive Numbers
    • Mason Plumlee leads the ACC and ranks tied for seventh nationally in rebounding (11.4). Plumlee also ranks among the national leaders in scoring (t-58th, 17.7), field goal percentage (t-33rd, .616), defensive rebounds (3rd, 8.5) and double-doubles (t-6th, nine).

    • Plumlee is the only player in the ACC – and one of 18 players nationally – averaging a double-double on the season.

    • Plumlee has scored in double figures in 14 of 15 games with five 20-point games.

    • Plumlee leads the NCAA in field goal percentage (.616) among players with 10 or more field goal attempts per game.

    • Plumlee was named the National Player of the Month for November by ESPN.com after averaging 19.9 points and 11.0 rebounds for the Blue Devils. He also had four double-doubles and shot 65.3 percent from the field over Duke’s first seven games.

    • Plumlee was named ACC Co-Player of the Week on Dec. 3 after averaging 19.5 points, 14.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in wins over No. 4 Ohio State and Delaware.

    • Plumlee ranks fourth in the nation with 8.0 free throw attempts per game.


    Duke athletics contributed to this report.



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