The No. 1 Duke Blue Devils will look for their 15th straight victory to open the season on Tuesday, as they will host the Clemson Tigers. It will be the 133rd meeting between the two schools and Duke will look for their 27th win in the last 29 meetings.
Duke (14-0) began conference play in the Atlantic Coast Conference defeating the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Saturday, 80-62. Seniors Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly led the way for the Blue Devils with 22 points a piece. Fellow senior Mason Plumlee added his ninth double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds and sophomore point guard Quinn Cook contributed a career-high 14 assists.
Conference play for Clemson (8-5) also began on Saturday as they were knocked off by the Florida State Seminoles at home, 71-66. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak. The Tigers will now look toward Tuesday’s tilt with the Blue Devils, which will be their third meeting against a ranked team this season. The Tigers are led by 6’8″ power forward Devin Booker, who leads the team in both scoring and rebounding with 11.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
On Monday, Duke extended their streak of being the No. 1 team in the land to four weeks. They are also the No. 1 team in the first NCAA RPI Rankings, that was released yesterday.
Tuesday’s game will tip at approximately 7:02 PM ET and will be televised on ESPNU. The game will also be broadcast on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network (Sirius – 139; XM – 191).
By The Numbers
• Duke is 14-0 on the year and looking to open the season with 15 straight wins for the sixth time under Mike Krzyzewski.
• Duke is seeking its 13th single-season 15-game win streak in program history.
• 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 212-31 all-time when ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll. Krzyzewski is second in NCAA history with 188 wins and 214 games at the helm of the top-ranked team in the AP Poll.
• Coach K’s first game at the helm of the No. 1 ranked team in the AP Poll was a 77-69 road win over Clemson on Feb. 26, 1986.
• Duke is 12-1 all-time against Clemson when ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll, including an 11-0 mark under Mike Krzyzewski.
• Duke, ranked No. 1 in the latest AP Poll, has been ranked in the top 10 of the poll 103 consecutive weeks. The last time Duke was not ranked in the top 10 was Nov. 19, 2007.
• Under Coach K, Duke has played more games as a No. 1 team (214 entering Tuesday’s contest) than it has as an unranked team (141).
• Duke is playing its 191st straight game as a top-10 team in the AP poll. Duke is 160-30 in that span.
• Duke has won 108 games since the start of the 2009-10 season, tied for third-most in the NCAA over that span.
• Duke leads the all-time series 104-29, including a 56-4 mark at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• Duke is 50-11 against Clemson under Mike Krzyzewski.
• Duke has won the last four meetings in the series and 26 of the last 28 contests overall.
• The Blue Devils have won 14 straight games at Cameron Indoor Stadium in the all-time series. Clemson last won in Durham on Jan. 4, 1995 in Krzyzewski’s final game of the season before sitting out the final 19 games following back surgery.
Duke vs. the Atlantic Coast Conference
• Duke is 399-161 all-time in the regular season against teams currently in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
• Under Mike Krzyzewski, Duke is 336-140 against the ACC in the regular season and 53-18 in the ACC Tournament.
• Duke has domianted the ACC regular season since 1997, logging a 192-49 record during that span which is 35 more wins than the next closest school.
Duke Player Statistics
• Duke has the most productive starting lineup in the country. Duke’s starters average an NCAA- best 69.6 points per game.
• The group has combined to account for 87.0 percent of Duke’s total scoring this season, which is the second-highest percentage in the nation.
• Seth Curry needs just two more points to reach 1,000 for his career. Curry would be the second Duke player to reach that mark this season, following Mason Plumlee who netted his 1,000th career point against Santa Clara on Dec. 29.
• As a team, Duke is shooting 50.0 percent (34-of-68) from three-point range over the last four games. Ryan Kelly is leading the way with a torrid 70.6 percent (12-of-17) shooting clip from deep during that stretch.
• On the season, Duke is shooting 42.1 percent (109-of-259) from three-point range which would rank as the third-highest three-point shooting percentage in school history. Duke has shot over 40.0 percent from three just three times in school history (1982-83, 1986-87, 1991-92).
• Duke’s point guard combo of Quinn Cook and Tyler Thornton combines to average 8.9 assists and just 3.7 turnovers per game, good for a 2.41:1 assist-to-turnover ratio. The tandem has distributed 125 assists, while Duke opponents have just 122 assists on the year.
• Mason Plumlee ranks seventh in the NCAA in rebounding at 11.3 rebounds per game. He has led or shared the Duke lead in rebounds in 12 straight games and 13 times overall this season. Shelden Williams holds the Coach K-era rebounding mark at 11.2 rpg. during the 2004-05 season.
• Plumlee has recorded three games with 20+ points and 15+ rebounds this season, tied for the second-most in a season under Coach K.
• Plumlee leads the ACC and ranks tied for seventh nationally in rebounding (11.3). Plumlee also ranks among the national leaders in scoring (t-40th, 18.4), field goal percentage (23rd, .634), defensive rebounds (4th, 8.4) and double-doubles (t-5th, nine).
• Quinn Cook had a career-best 14 assists in his last outing and is now averaging 10.3 points and 6.2 assists per game. Dick Groat (1952), Bobby Hurley (1991, 1992), Jason Williams (2000, 2001) and Chris Duhon (2004) are the only other players in Duke history to average at least 10.0 points and 6.0 assists per game.
• Duke guards Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon have been big on the boards this season, combining to average 7.2 rebounds per game. Both players rank among the conference leaders for rebounds by players 6-4 or under.
• Ryan Kelly has made at least one three-point field goal in eight straight contests. He is shooting .655 (19-of-29) from three-point range, while averaging 14.8 points per game over that span.
By Chad Lykins
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