Previewing Duke

Pack Pride
Posted Jan 18, 2014


Jabari Parker and Duke in Cameron will be the toughest challenge the Pack's faced this season. Here is a quick preview of the Blue Devils.

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    PROJECTED STARTERS
    G- 02 Quinn Cook (13.2 ppg, 5.9 apg)
    G- 14 Rasheed Sulaimon (8.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg)
    F- 05 Rodney Hood (18.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg)
    F- 01 Jabari Parker (18.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg)
    F- 21 Amile Jefferson (6.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg)

    STAR WATCH
    Jabari Parker -- The talented freshman is one of the nation's best players and a future lottery pick.

    He plays power forward for Duke but is a perimeter-oriented player who can create matchup problems.


    Duke Notables

    The Opening
    Duke hosts NC State in Cameron Indoor Stadium Saturday, Jan. 18, at 2:10 p.m. The game will air on CBS.

  • Duke is ranked No. 23 in the Associated Press poll and No. 20 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. This is the first week in program history that Duke has played as the No. 23 team in the country.

  • Duke has won 26 consecutive games in Cameron Indoor Stadium to tie for the longest active home-court winning streak in the nation. Duke is averaging 86.7 points per game at home this season while holding opponents to 67.6 points per game.

  • Duke has held seven of its past nine opponents under 70 points, including six straight in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke is 10-0 this season when holding the opposition under 70 points.

  • Saturday’s game will be Duke’s 236th consecutive as a ranked team. Duke is 195-40 (.830) during that run.

    The Last Time Out
    Rasheed Sulaimon hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 22 seconds remaining, and Amile Jefferson secured a defensive rebound with four seconds left to propel Duke to a 69-64 win over Virginia in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

  • Sulaimon scored a team-high 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 from three-point range, while Jefferson recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds. With Duke trailing 65-64 with 24 seconds left to play, Jefferson grabbed an offensive rebound on a missed Rodney Hood jumper and fired a pass to a wide-open Sulaimon, who hit the game-winning three-pointer from the corner.

  • Jefferson went on to ice the win by making two free throws with four seconds remaining, pushing his scoring total to 10 for his first career double-double. Jefferson was fouled after grabbing a defensive rebound on the opposite end of the court to end Virginia’s final possession.

    By The Numbers
    Duke’s 26 game home court win streak is tied for the longest active streak in the NCAA and tied for the eighth-longest streak in ACC history. The Blue Devils have six of the 10 longest home win streaks in league history.

  • Duke is looking to improve to 11-0 on the season at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils have won at least 10 home games in 18 straight seasons and 30 times overall under Mike Krzyzewski.

  • Duke has won 24 straight home games against unranked opponents, dating back to a 78-74 overtime loss to Miami on Feb. 5, 2012.

  • Coach K is three wins shy of becoming the second coach in NCAA Division I history to record 900 wins at one school. Already the NCAA Division I all-time leader with 970 wins, he trails only Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim (934) for the most wins at one school.

  • Mike Krzyzewski is seeking his 200th career ACC win at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Coach K, already the league record holder for home ACC wins, is 199-50 (.799) in league play at the historic venue.

  • Rodney Hood averages a team-leading 19.8 points per game in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Hood is shooting 63-of-110 (.573) from the floor, 22-of-47 (.468) from three-point range and 50-of-55 (.909) from the free throw line at home.

  • Hood leads the ACC with a .468 (36-of-77) three-point percentage on the year. He has hit a three-pointer in 16 of 17 games and at least one trey in 15 straight outings.

  • Duke has at least one 20-point scorer in 16 of 17 games this season. Jabari Parker has a team-high 10 20-point games, followed by Rodney Hood (8, plus one 30-point game), Quinn Cook (3), Rasheed Sulaimon (2) and Andre Dawkins (1).

  • Freshman Jabari Parker has scored 20 or more points 10 times this season, which is one shy of the Duke freshman record of 11 set by Gene Banks in 1977-78.

  • Rasheed Sulaimon is Duke’s leading scorer off the bench, averaging 10.1 points per game when not in the starting lineup. Five of his six double-figure scoring games this season have come from the bench, including a 21-point effort in Monday’s win over Virginia.

  • Amile Jefferson is third in ACC play with 10.0 rebounds per game. He has led the team in rebounds in three of Duke’s four league games with a pair of double-figure efforts. Jefferson recorded a career-best 15 boards versus Virginia.

    Duke vs. NC State Series History
    Duke avenged an early-season loss to NC State in the final meeting of 2012-13 on Feb. 7 at Cameron. Mason Plumlee scored 30 points, Seth Curry scored 26 and Quinn Cook added 21 as Duke jumped out to a 58-37 lead at halftime and cruised to victory. Duke hit a season- high 32 free throws in the win. Notes

  • Duke’s 140 wins against NC State are the second most against any team in program history. The only school Duke has defeated more than NC State is Wake Forest, against which Duke holds a 162-77 record. Saturday’s meeting will be the 239th between Duke and NC State, tied for the most games played in Duke history. Duke has also played Wake Forest 239 times.

    109th Season of Basketball
    Duke is in its 109th season of basketball in 2013- 14. The Blue Devils have compiled a 2,014-844 record to rank fourth all-time in victories.

  • Only Kentucky (2,221), Kansas (2,113) and North Carolina (2,099) have more wins than Duke. Sustained Success

  • Duke has won 20 or more games 48 times in its 108 years of basketball. Including its 30-6 mark a year ago, Duke has won at least 20 games in 17 consecutive seasons.

  • The Blue Devils have recorded 30 or more wins 13 times under Coach K, including four of the past five seasons. K & Boeheim Sit Atop All-Time Wins Lists

  • Mike Krzyzewski became the winningest coach in NCAA history on Nov. 15, 2011 with Duke’s 74- 69 win over Michigan State at Madison Square Garden. Coach K has registered 970 career victories, including 897 wins at Duke.

  • Krzyzewski’s win total in Durham ranks second all-time in wins at one school behind Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim. He is three wins shy of becoming the second coach in NCAA history to record 900 wins at one school.

  • Krzyzewski is 18 ACC wins shy of matching Dean Smith for most league victories.


    Duke athletics contributed to this report.



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