As a Team • The Blue Devils moved to 19-5 when facing Elon following Wednesday’s result. • Duke used the starting lineup of Jayson Tatum, Grayson Allen, Luke Kennard, Matt Jones and Amile Jefferson for the second time this season and owns a 2-0 record with those five players on the floor to start the game. • The Blue Devils improved to 88-26 all-time when competing as the fifth-ranked team in the nation. • Duke’s record in non-conference, neutral site games moved to 5-1 this season. • Duke opened the season 12-1 or better for the second time in three years and the third time in five years. • Wednesday’s meeting marked the first time the two teams met in Greensboro since Dec. 31, 2013, when the Blue Devils picked up an 86-48 victory.
Coach Krzyzewski’s Numbers • The result moved head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s all-time record to 1,055-322 and his record at Duke to 982-263.
Blue Devils on the Glass • Graduate student Amile Jefferson collected seven boards, bringing his career total to 791, good for the 18th-most rebounds on Duke’s all-time career list. • Duke held Elon to just six second-chance points, tied for the third-fewest of the season. Teams are averaging just 7.4 second-chance points per game this season.
Duke’s Offensive Output • Sophomore Luke Kennard connected on 7-of-17 (.412) from the field and 2-of-4 (.500) from beyond the arc, his fifth straight game with at least two made three-pointers. Kennard is shooting 16-of-30 (.533) from three-point range over the team’s last five games. • Kennard’s 21 points led the Blue Devils, marking the sixth game this season he paced Duke’s scoring efforts. Duke is 5-1 this year when he leads the team in scoring. Kennard also scored 20+ points for the seventh time this season and the 14th time in his career, with Duke owning a 7-1 record this season in such games. • Jefferson made a career-best nine free-throws, shooting 9-of-11 (.818) from the charity stripe. • The Blue Devils scored 28 points in the paint against Elon, bringing their season total to 468 points scored in the lane. Forty-three percent of Duke’s points have come in the paint this season. • The Blue Devils committed just four turnovers, the third game this season Duke turned the ball over 10-or-fewer times and the first time the Blue Devils committed fewer than five turnovers.
Duke on the Defensive End • Duke forced Elon into committing 17 turnovers, the team’s 11th game forcing an opponent into at least 10 turnovers. The Blue Devils are 10-1 in such contests. • The Blue Devils converted Elon’s 17 turnovers into 24 points, Duke’s fourth-straight game with double-digit points off opponent turnovers, and matching a season high. • Senior Matt Jones recorded five steals, which is a career high. • Freshman Jayson Tatum blocked a career-high four shots.
Fresh Faces • Jayson Tatum recorded his fifth straight double-digit scoring game, netting 18 points. Tatum added eight rebounds, one shy of a career high and three assists, matching a career high. He also connected on all four of his free-throw attempts. Tatum is shooting 23-of-25 (.840) from the charity stripe on the season.