by Duke Hoop
Posted: 2/24/2013 11:46:43 AM
The No. 6 Duke Blue Devils, fresh off of a two game road trip in the ACC, will return to Cameron Indoor Stadium on Sunday as they will host the Boston College Eagles.
Duke and Boston College met four games ago in Chestnut Hill, which saw the Blue Devils overcome same-day travel and a terrific all-around performance from the Eagles to escape with a one-point victory, 62-61.
Since then, Duke (23-3, 10-3 ACC) has won two of their last three, with the lone loss coming against Maryland on the road.
Boston College (12-14, 4-9 ACC) has also won two of their last three games, including a victory over Maryland in their last game.
The Eagles are led in scoring and rebounding by sophomore Ryan Anderson with 15.1 points and 8.4 rebounds. In the earlier meeting against the Blue Devils, Anderson scored 17 points while grabbing six rebounds.
Sunday’s game will be tip at approximately 2:00 PM ET and can be seen on the ACC Network and WatchESPN. The game will also be broadcast on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network (Sirius – 94, XM – 191).
By The Numbers
• The Blue Devils are ranked No. 6 in the AP Poll and in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Duke is 105-29 all-time when ranked No. 6 in the AP Poll.
• The Blue Devils have been ranked in the AP Top 10 for 109 consecutive weeks. Duke had been ranked in the top five for 13 straight weeks prior to this week’s No. 6 ranking.
• Duke is playing its 203rd straight game as a top-10 team in the AP poll. Duke is 169-33 in that span.
• Following Thursday’s win at Virginia Tech, head coach Mike Krzyzewski moved into third place for most wins by a coach at one school with 877. He is two wins why of tying Dean Smith for second on that list.
• Duke is 13-0 in Cameron Indoor Stadium this season with three home games remaining. Duke has put together 16 undefeated seasons in Cameron, including nine under Coach K, the last of which came in 2010-11.
• Duke is one of only three teams in the top 10 of the Associated Press Poll (No. 6), Coaches Poll (No. 6), NCAA RPI (No. 1) and Strength of Schedule index (No. 1). Miami and Louisville are the other two teams ranked among the top 10.
• Duke leads the ACC in three-point percentage (.414) and three-point field goals per game (7.7 3pg.). The .414 clip would rank as the third-best in school history. Duke has made 10 or more three-point field goals nine times this season.
Duke-Boston College Series
• Duke and Boston College have met 17 times heading into Sunday’s game with the first meeting between the two schools coming on Dec. 21, 1979.
• The Blue Devils lead the all-time series 15-2, including an 11-1 ledger since Boston College joined the ACC.
• Duke has won six straight and 14 of the last 15 games in the series.
• Mike Krzyzewski is 14-2 at Duke against the Eagles, including a 6-0 record in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• Eight of the 12 games since Boston College joined the ACC have been decided by 10 points or less.
• In the first meeting between the teams in 2013, Duke scored six straight points in the final two minutes to win, 62-61. Duke trailed 61-56 with 1:58 remaining until Quinn Cook hit a three-pointer and Mason Plumlee hit three free throws in the final minute.
Duke Player Statistics
• Duke is one of only five teams in the country with two players averaging at least 17.0 points per game. Both Mason Plumlee (17.5 ppg.) and Seth Curry (17.1 ppg.) average over 17.0 points per game.
• Duke has outscored opponents 81.0 to 61.1 at Cameron Indoor Stadium this season on the way to a perfect 13-0 home record. Duke has defeated 11 opponents by double figures in Cameron this season.
• Duke owns a 1.39:1 assist-to-turnover ratio, which would best the school record of 1.32:1 set by the 2000-01 NCAA Championship team.
• Mason Plumlee needs just one more rebound to reach 1,000 for his career. Plumlee would be the eighth Blue Devil to reach that mark and the third with 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 150 blocks.
• Seth Curry has scored 20+ points in eight of Duke’s 13 ACC games. He has scored in double figures in all but two of those games and averages 17.9 points per game in league play to rank third in the ACC. Curry is also tops in conference play in made three-pointers per game (3.2) and third with a .456 three-point shooting percentage.
• Josh Hairston has scored in double figures in back-to-back games while shooting 8-of-11 from the floor. Hairston has four career double-figure scoring games.
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