Duke vs. East Carolina – NIT Season Tip-Off Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 (6:00 p.m.) ESPNU • Blue Devil IMG Sports Network Durham, N.C. • Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
The Opening Tip • Duke hosts East Carolina in the second round of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Cameron Indoor Stadium Tuesday, Nov. 19. The winner advances to Madison Square Garden for semifinal action (Nov. 27). • The Blue Devils are 23-2 all-time in the NIT Season Tip-Off claiming championships in the event in 1985, 2000, 2005 and 2009. • Duke is ranked No. 6 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches’ Polls. The Blue Devils are 110-30 all-time when ranked No. 6 in the AP Poll. • The Blue Devils enter the contest against East Carolina with an NCAA-best 104 consecutive non-conference home wins. • Mike Krzyzewski has led Duke to 24 straight regular season tournament wins. The Blue Devils’ last loss in a regular season tournament was to Marquette on Nov. 21, 2006 in the CBE Classic.
The Last Time Out • Duke defeated UNC Asheville, 91-55, Monday in the opening round of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Jabari Parker collected his second straight double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the win. He went 8-of-13 from the field and also delivered four assists versus the Bulldogs. • Rodney Hood continued his torrid shooting, going 6-of-8 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from three-point range, en route to an 18-point night. • Andre Dawkins (13), Quinn Cook (10) and Semi Ojeleye (10) also scored in double-figures for the Blue Devils. Dawkins made three three-pointers, while Ojeleye knocked down both of his attempts behind the arc. • Duke shot over 50.0 percent from the field (.574, 31-of-54) for the fourth straight game and also had its best defensive night, limiting UNCA to 33.3 percent (19-of-57) shooting.
By The Numbers • Duke, ranked No. 6 in the latest AP Poll, has been ranked in the top 10 of the AP Poll for 116 consecutive weeks. The last time Duke was not ranked in the top 10 was Nov. 19, 2007. • The Blue Devils are playing their 217th straight game as a top-10 team in the AP poll. Duke is 179-37 (.829) in that span. • Duke has won 13 straight NIT Season Tip-Off contests, dating back to an 85-69 loss to Indiana on Nov. 29, 1996. • Jabari Parker has scored 20 or more points in each of the first four games of the season, marking just the third time a Duke player has accomplished that feat. Art Heyman opened the 1961-62 season with 10 straight 20-point games, while Ronnie Mayer is second at Duke with four consecutive 20-point games to begin the 1955-56 campaign. • Jabari Parker (22.8 ppg.) and Rodney Hood (19.8 ppg.) are the top scoring tandem in the ACC at 42.6 points per game. The duo has combined for six 20+ point scoring games, while shooting 58-of-91 (.637) from the field and 66.7 percent (18-of-27) from three-point range. • Duke has scored 90 or more points in three of its first four games and ranks 11th in the NCAA in scoring at 95.5 points per game. The Blue Devils are 271-8 under Coach K when scoring 90 or more points in a game. • Duke has shot 50.0 percent or better from the field in seven of eight halves and ranks third in the NCAA in field goal percentage (.583). All five Blue Devil starters are shooting at least 50.0 percent from the floor with Amile Jefferson (.750) and Rodney Hood (.703) shooting better than 70 percent on the year. • Andre Dawkins is averaging 15.0 points while going 8-of-14 (.571) from three-point range over the last two contests. Dawkins ranks fifth at Duke with a .407 (175-of-430) three-point percentage. • Junior Quinn Cook leads the ACC in assists (6.3 apg.) and ranks fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (5.0:1) while also averaging 12.3 points per game for the Blue Devils. Cook has had one or fewer turnovers in three of Duke’s first four games. • Duke has made 10 or more three-point field goals in three of its four games. The Blue Devils rank eighth in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage (.494) with Jabari Parker (12-of-18), Rodney Hood (6-of-9) and Semi Ojeleye (2-of-3) each shooting 66.7 percent from behind the arc.