Duke Rights The Ship Against Virginia & NC State
After the turn of the calendar yielded an uncharacteristic 1-2 start in ACC play for Duke, the Blue Devils got back on the right side of the win-loss column with victories against Virginia and NC State this past week. Both wins came at Cameron Indoor Stadium, pushing Duke’s home-court winning streak to an NCAA-best 27 consecutive wins and bumping Duke back into the top five in the early ACC standings. The wins were anything but similar, however, as Duke needed a clutch three-pointer from Rasheed Sulaimon to top Virginia in the final minute but handled NC State with ease, winning by 35 points for the program’s biggest margin of victory over an ACC opponent since an 85-44 win against Maryland on Jan. 24, 2009.
For the complete recap of each game, along with highlights, stats and notes, visit the links below:
Sulaimon’s Three-Pointer Lifts Duke Over Virginia
Parker Explodes For 23 Points in Rout of NC State
President Bush Cheers on Duke Against NC State
While president Barack Obama was in Raleigh, N.C., this past week making an announcement about a new electronics manufacturing center on NC State’s Centennial Campus, Duke held its own presidential welcoming party Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium as the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush, made the trip to Durham to watch Duke rout NC State. President Bush was in town to recognize head coach Mike Krzyzewski for his commitment and leadership in working toward eliminating cancer as a public health threat and in doing so got a front-row seat to the game. In his wheelchair, Bush got a courtside seat within high-fiving distance of Duke’s bench to watch the Blue Devils put on one of their most impressive all-around showings this season. The former president joined the Cameron Crazies in a few of their traditions, including putting the hex on the Wolfpack. Bush joined Duke in the locker room postgame for congratulations and photo ops.
Michael Schoenfeld, Duke University’s Vice President, Public Affairs and Government Relations, tweeted a photo of Coach K and President Bush (taken by Duke University photographer Jon Gardiner) at the link below:
While President Bush was the first president to attend a Duke game in Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke University is no stranger to hosting POTUS. Here is a look at all former U.S. Presidents who have stepped foot on Duke’s campus:
1905: Theodore Roosevelt - spoke near East Campus, praised Trinity’s stand for academic freedom after the Bassett Affair
*1959: John F. Kennedy gave a talk in Page Auditorium, organized by the Duke University Union
*1966: Richard Nixon spoke at a Law Day Program
*1968: Gerald Ford spoke on U.S. Economic policy, organized by the Duke University Union
1988: Ronald Reagan spoke at Cameron Indoor Stadium as part of a conference on substance abuse
1997: Jimmy Carter served as commencement speaker
1998: George H. W. Bush served as commencement speaker
2009: Bill Clinton spoke at a celebration of John Hope Franklin
*visit occurred prior to presidential term
Parker Ties Duke Freshman Record
Just as Duke righted the ship with a commanding win over NC State Saturday, freshman Jabari Parker got himself back on track with a 23-point outing against the Wolfpack that displayed his offensive talents in an onslaught of aggressive drives to the basket and long-range jumpers. In surpassing the 20-point plateau for the 11th time this season, Parker tied former Duke standout Gene Banks for the most 20-point games by a freshman, matching Banks’ mark from the 1977-78 season. The 11 20-point games rank tied for 10th in ACC history.
Dawkins Hits 200th Three-Pointer
Graduate student Andre Dawkins joined an elite club of Blue Devils this past Monday when he drained his 200th career three-pointer. Dawkins, who finished 1-of-4 from behind the line against Virginia and hit three more treys the next time out against NC State, became only the 13th Duke player to total at least 200 made three-pointers and the first to do so since Jon Scheyer hit 297 from 2007-10. Dawkins has had plenty of success from behind the arc in 2013-14, shooting a career-best .450 (36-of-80). With an average of 2.1 made three-pointers per game, Dawkins is on pace to surpass his previous career high of 67 made three-pointers from 2010-11.
Ryan Kelly’s Big Night
On Friday, Los Angeles Lakers fans got their first glimpse of The Ryan Kelly Show. Kelly, who the Lakers recalled from the NBA D-League on Dec. 20, scored a career-high 20 points in a 107-104 win over the Boston Celtics in Boston, hitting 6-of-12 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws off the bench. Kelly added four rebounds and a block while logging a +8 rating, the second highest on the Lakers roster that night. Kelly also played a career-high 34 minutes in the continuation of a trend that has seen Kelly’s minutes grow extensively over the past week along with praise from head coach Mike D’Antoni. D’Antoni gave Kelly his first career start Sunday against Toronto, and the 6-11 forward responded with his second straight double-figure scoring game with 17 points as the Lakers beat the Raptors 112-106.
D’Antoni echoed Coach K in mentioning Kelly’s ability to make everyone on the floor better, saying, “He's going to give us toughness and smarts and move the ball and hopefully he'll hit open shots. I just think we're a better team when we can spread the floor. That's nothing against anybody, except it's better for Wes [Johnson]. He has better games when we can spread the floor. It's better for Pau [Gasol] when we can spread the floor. It's better for Kendall [Marshall]. So, that's one of the things we like to do. We have a better tempo, better rhythm and everything is a little bit better.”
Irving, Boozer & Deng Among NBA All-Star Vote Leaders
It looks like Kyrie Irving can go ahead and book his flight. The third-year point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers is the Eastern Conference’s fifth-leading vote-getter in the NBA All-Star balloting, amassing 652,522 votes as of Jan. 9. Should he make the team again this year, Irving, who scored 15 points and hit three three-pointers in his first all-star appearance in 2013, will be seventh Duke player to earn multiple all-star nods, joining a group that includes current NBA players Luol Deng (2012, 2013), Carlos Boozer (2007, 2008) and Elton Brand (2002, 2006). Deng and Boozer are also among the Eastern Conference vote-getters, ranking 11th and 12th among frontcourt players with 90,730 and 80,271 votes, respectively.
George H. W. Bush cheers on victorious Duke Basketball (CNN.com)
Sulaimon was odd man out as No. 3 option; now he wants back in (Sporting News)
Singler’s steadying influence greases Pistons’ front-line evolution (MLive.com)
Dunleavy making most of unexpected situation (Chicago Sun-Times)
Tweet of the Week
Seth Davis @SethDavisHoops
Cool pic of Coach K with former President Bush, who attended Duke's win over N.C. State today. pic.twitter.com/DARl8BIolC
Stat of the Week
Duke is 2-0 when being watched live by President George H.W. Bush. President Bush also saw Duke play in person on March 28, 2010 when Duke topped Baylor in the NCAA Elite Eight in Houston, Texas, on the way to the 2010 NCAA Championship.