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Notes: Duke 78, West Virginia 57
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/03/2010
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Team Notes:

  • Duke advanced to the NCAA National Championship game for the 10th time in school history and eighth time under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils will face Butler in the title game on Monday at 9:21 p.m. (ET). Duke will be seeking its fourth national championship, winning it all in 1991, 1992 and 2001.
  • Duke is now 10-7 all-time against teams from the Big East conference in the NCAA Tournament, including a 2-1 mark against West Virginia. The Blue Devils have a 42-8 record all-time as a No. 1 seed in the tournament. 
  • Duke is making its 15th straight NCAA Tournament under head coach Mike Krzyzewski and 26th in his 30 overall seasons. Krzyzewski extended his NCAA record for tournament wins to 76. He is now 76-22 (.776) all-time in the NCAA Tournament, the second highest winning percentage among coaches all-time.
  • The Blue Devils improved to 34-5 on the season. The 34 victories are tied for the fourth most in a single season by a Duke team, equaling the total of the 1991-92 national championship team. In the last two seasons, Duke has won 64 games, the most in the NCAA and tied for fifth-best in program history over a two-year span.
  • Duke held West Virginia to 57 points for the 21st game holding an opponent under 60 this season. It is the most in a season since 1950. The only other team to hold 20 teams under 60 points in a year in that span was the 1949-50 squad. In the NCAA Tournament, the Blue Devils are holding opponents to 56.4 points per game with four of the five scoring less than 60.
  • The 78 points by Duke were tied for the fourth most allowed by West Virginia this season along with Cleveland State. It is tied for the second most in games that did not go into overtime.
  • The Blue Devils shot .527 (29-of-55) from the field and have shot 50 percent or better in seven games this season. They also shot over 50 percent (.511) against Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
  • The Blue Devils shot over 50 percent in both halves for the fifth time this season, shooting 53.3 percent (16-of-30) in the first and .520 (13-of-25) in the second. They have shot at least 50 percent in a half 24 times this season. 
  • Duke also shot over 50 percent from three-point range, finishing 13-of-25 (.520). It is the seventh time this year they have shot 50 percent from deep and the 11th game with 10 or more treys. The 13 three-point field goals were three more than the highest total allowed by West Virginia this year.
  • The nine free throw attempts were a season low for Duke and lowest total since they were 4-of-6 at Michigan on Dec. 6 last season.
  • The Blue Devils improved to 29-2 when outrebounding the opposition and have tallied more rebounds than its opponent in all five games in the NCAA Tournament. Duke grabbed 11 offensive rebounds in the game which led to a 19-7 advantage in second chance points, including a 12-0 difference in the first half.
  • Duke recorded assists on 12 of its 16 made field goals in the first half. In the last nine games, the Blue Devils have only had three games with more than 12 assists. For the game they dished out assists on 20 of their 29 made shots. It is the sixth time they have recorded 20 or more assists and first since Dec. 31 against Pennsylvania (24).
  • The two starting guards for Duke, Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith, combined for 12 assists and zero turnovers in the game with each player posting six assists in the contest.
  • The Blue Devils committed only six turnovers to mark the 11th game this year with less than 10 turnovers.

Player Notes:

Jordan Davidson

  • Senior Jordan Davidson made his only field goal attempt for his first career points in postseason play. He has played in eight career postseason games, including five in the NCAA Tournament.

Jon Scheyer

  • Senior Jon Scheyer has started in 46 consecutive games and is one of 23 players in school history with 100 or more career starts.
  • Scheyer played in his 143rd career game, tying Danny Ferry for fifth on Duke’s career games played list.
  • Scored 23 points to record the 17th season in school history with 700 or more points. He now has 713 points on the year.
  • Scheyer tallied his 17th game with 20 or more points this season and now has 32 career games with at least 20 points.
  • The double-figure scoring game was the 37th of the season for Scheyer and his 113th career game with at least 10 points. His 37 double-figure scoring games rank tied for fourth most in a single season with Christian Laettner (1991) while his 113 games are fifth most in a career.
  • Scheyer extended his streak to 32 consecutive games with a made three-point field goal and leads the team with 109 treys this season. His five treys Saturday move him past Jason Williams (2002) for the sixth most in a single year at Duke. He has made five or more treys in two straight games and four overall contests on the year. 
  • After shooting 4-of-5 from the free throw line, Scheyer moved into the single season top 10. He climbed past Christian Laettner (1992) and now has 190 free throws this year.
  • With his six assists, Scheyer moved past Jeff Capel into 11th on Duke’s career assists list with 435 assists. He has 20 games this season with five or more assists.
  • Scheyer did not commit a turnover for the eighth game this year. He now has 189 assists and 63 turnovers this season for a 3.0:1 assist-to-turnover ratio. He is trying to join Steve Wojciechowski as the only Duke player to post a 3.0:1 assist-to-turnover ratio or better in one season.

Kyle Singler   

  • Junior Kyle Singler extended his consecutive starts streak to 66 games, the longest current streak on the team. He now has 108 career starts as one of 23 players in school history with 100 or more career starts.
  • Singler scored 21 points to give him 17 games with 20 or more points this year. He reached double figures in scoring for the 35th time this season.
  • He climbed past Bobby Hurley into 19th on Duke’s career scoring list with his 21 points. His 1,748 career points rank as the third most by a junior in school history. He passed Johnny Dawkins on Saturday on the junior scoring list.
  • Singler notched his 200th career three-point field goal, becoming the 11th Duke player with 200 or more treys. He now has 202 in his three seasons. He has made three or more in 14 games in 2009-10.
  • After recording nine rebounds, Singler has grabbed eight or more boards in 18 games this season.
  • The five assists give Singler five games with five or more assists. He has tallied at least 10 points, five rebounds and five assists in all five of those contests.

Nolan Smith

  • Junior Nolan Smith tallied his 35th double-figure scoring game of the year.
  • With four made three-point field goals, Smith has made three or more in eight games this season. 
  • Smith dished out six assists to give him seven games this season with five or more assists.
  • The zero turnovers give Smith six games with no turnovers on the year.

Lance Thomas

  • Senior Lance Thomas earned his 100th career start on Saturday, becoming the 23rd player in school history to start in 100 or more games. He has played in 139 career games, ranking tied for 10th most at Duke.

Brian Zoubek

  • Senior Brian Zoubek grabbed 10 rebounds for his 12th double-figure rebounding game this season and 14th of his career. In his 16 games as a starter, he is averaging 9.4 rebounds per game. In the five NCAA Tournament games he has three games with 10 or more boards and is averaging 10.0 per game.
  • Zoubek has grabbed five or more offensive rebounds in 11 games this season.
  • After shooting 3-of-4 from the field, Zoubek is shooting a team-high .635 (87-of-137) on the season.
  • Matched a career high with three assists. He also had three assists against Connecticut earlier this season and against N.C. Central in the 2007-08 season opener.