Duke vs. Virginia
March 16, 2014 • 1 p.m.
Greensboro, N.C. • Greensboro Coliseum (23,300)
ESPN • ACC Network • Blue Devil IMG Sports Network
The Opening Tip
• Following Saturday’s 75-67 win over seventh-seeded NC State in the ACC Tournament semifinals, third-seeded Duke will face top-seeded Virginia for the league crown Sunday at 1 p.m. The championship appearance will be the 31st for the Blue Devils, who own a 19-11 record in the league title game.
• The Blue Devils have won 11 straight ACC Tournament games as the No. 3 seed. Duke has won three consecutive ACC Championship games as the No. 3 seed (2003, 2005 and 2009).
• The Blue Devils are 15-3 all-time and 9-2 under Coach K against Virginia in the ACC Tournament. Duke has won six straight games against Virginia in the ACC Tournament, though the two have never met in the championship game.
• Duke is ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press poll and No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Blue Devils are 81-22 all-time when playing as the No. 7 team in the AP poll.
The Last Time Out
• Jabari Parker scored 20 points, Rasheed Sulaimon poured in 16 and Quinn Cook and Rodney Hood added 14 apiece to lead Duke past NC State, 75-67, in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament Saturday. The win propelled Duke into its 31st ACC Championship game.
• Parker hit 8-of-15 field goals and grabbed eight rebounds on the way to his 17th 20-point game of the season. He has led Duke in scoring in each of his first two ACC Tournament games.
• Duke held NC State to two three-pointers and a .143 (2-of-14) clip from three-point range. The Wolfpack hit just 1-of-10 shots from beyond the arc in the second half.
• Cook provided the spark in the first half, scoring eight points while hitting all three field goals, including two from beyond the arc. He dished out three assists and committed one turnover in 22 minutes as the Blue Devils gave the ball away just six times for the game.
By The Numbers
• Duke has won at least one ACC Tournament game in 15 of the last 17 years. The Blue Devils are 38-6 with 10 league titles in that span.
• The Blue Devils are 6-4 on the season against teams currently ranked in the top 50 of the RPI. Four of Duke’s wins (Syracuse, Michigan, Virginia and North Carolina) were against top 20 teams in the RPI.
• Mike Krzyzewski is 47-12 all-time at the Greensboro Coliseum with a 27-8 mark in ACC Tournament play at the venue. Duke has won six ACC titles (1986, 1988, 2003, 2006, 2010 and 2011) at the Greensboro Coliseum under Coach K.
• Duke has won 150 games this decade, the second-most victories in the NCAA since the start of the 2009-10 season.
• The Blue Devils are averaging 14.8 offensive rebounds per game over the last five contests. Duke has outrebounded the opposition on the offensive glass 74-45 during that stretch with Amile Jefferson (20) and Jabari Parker (17) combining for 37 offensive boards.
• Jabari Parker has scored in double figures in 16 straight games and 31 times overall this season, tying the Duke freshman record for double-figure scoring games held by Gene Banks (1978) and Luol Deng (2004).
• Amile Jefferson is second on the team in rebounds (6.8 rpg.) and offensive rebounds (93). He has grabbed four or more offensive rebounds 12 times on the year.
• Jabari Parker is averaging 19.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game in Duke’s nine games played in front of more than 10,000 fans. Parker has scored 18 or more points in seven of those games, including both ACC Tournament victories.
• Parker tallied 20 points in Saturday’s win over NC State and now ranks second in ACC freshman history with 17 games with 20 or more points scored. Kenny Anderson (Georgia Tech, 1989-90) holds the league mark with 19 20-point games.
• Parker is two rebounds shy of topping the Duke freshman rebounding record. Parker has 291 rebounds on the year for an ACC-best 8.8 boards per game. Only three freshman in league history have led the conference in rebounds.
• Rasheed Sulaimon has scored in double figure in 14 of Duke’s 20 games since the turn of the calendar year. He is averaging 11.3 points per game in that span after averaging 7.4 ppg. with four double-figure games in 2013.