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Notes: Duke 67, VCU 58
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 11/23/2012
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Duke 67, VCU 58

Team Notes:

•    Duke won its 22nd consecutive regular-season tournament game, dating back to the 2006 CBE Classic. With the win, Duke moves on to the Battle 4 Atlantis Championship game against the winner of Missouri and Louisville. The Blue Devils are 6-0 in regular-season tournament championship games since 2006.
•    Duke started 5-0 for the sixth straight season and for the eighth time in the last nine years.
•    Duke improved to 71-24 all-time when playing as the No. 5 team in the country (AP poll). The win was Duke’s seventh in a row when playing as the fifth-ranked team.
•    Duke played its 181st straight game as a top-10 team. The Blue Devils are 151-30 during that span.
•    Duke shot 88.9 percent (24-of-27) from the free throw line, including 9-of-10 over the final five minutes of the game. Duke has shot over 80.0 percent from the free throw line in three straight games, a feat the Blue Devils have not accomplished since Feb. 13, 17 and 21 during the 2009-10 season.
•    The Blue Devils opened the second half with a 15-4 run that turned a 29-28 halftime lead into a 44-32 advantage. Point guard Quinn Cook had four assists on Duke’s first four buckets during that span, leading to nine points.
•    In November, Duke has now won 54 of its last 55 games dating back to the 2004-05 season. Duke’s lone loss during that span was on Nov. 29, 2012, at No. 2 Ohio State.
•    In neutral site contests since the 2008-09 season, Duke is now 39-4. Duke has won four in-season tournaments during that span in addition to three ACC Tournaments and the 2009-10 NCAA Championship.
•    Duke registered 14 assists on 20 field goals, or 70.0 percent of the team’s total made field goals. Duke has registered assists on 60 percent of its baskets in four of five games this season.
•    The Blue Devils did not allow a VCU assist until the 2:03 mark in the first half. The Rams registered just four assists in the game, the fewest allowed by Duke since Hampton finished with just four assists on March 18, 2011 in the NCAA Tournament.
•    Four Blue Devils scored in double figures, led by Mason Plumlee with 17 points. Duke has had at least four double-figure scorers in four straight games.
•    For the third straight game, Duke used the starting lineup of Quinn Cook, Mason Plumlee, Rasheed Sulaimon, Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly. Those five combined to score 64 of Duke’s 67 points, or 95.5 percent of the team’s total. On the season, those five combine to average 61.0 points per game, or 77.6 percent of Duke’s total scoring. Those five have combined to score no less than 75 percent of Duke’s total scoring in any of the Blue Devils’ first five games this year.
•    Seniors Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee all scored in double figures for the fourth straight game. Those three have combined to give Duke 42 or more points in all four games this season and together average 49.4 points per game with 14 double-figure scoring performances.

Player Notes:

Quinn Cook
•    Earned his third straight start.
•    Matched a career high with nine assists, tying a mark that he also matched this season against Florida Gulf Coast. The last two Duke players with two games of nine or more assists were Nolan Smith (4) and Kyrie Irving (2) in 2010-11.
•    Scored in double figures for the third straight game. Since cracking the starting lineup three games ago versus Florida Gulf Coast, Cook is averaging 11.3 points, 7.33 assists and 2.0 steals per game.

Seth Curry
•    Started his 16th consecutive game, the longest active streak among Duke players. Curry has started 50 of Duke’s last 52 games.
•    Scored in double figures for the fifth straight game.
•    Snapped a streak of 18 consecutive games with a made three-pointer. Prior to tonight, the last time Curry did not hit a three-pointer in a game was Jan. 25, 2012 against Maryland.
Ryan Kelly
•    Drew his fifth straight start and scored in double figures for the third straight game.
•    Registered five blocks, marking the third time this season – and 16th time in his career – that Kelly has blocked three shots in a game. The last Duke player to record at least three blocks three times within Duke’s first five games was Josh McRoberts during the 2006-07 season. That season, McRoberts blocked 82 shots and averaged 2.5 blocks per game, both of which rank among Duke’s top 10 on the single-season blocks lists. Kelly currently averages 2.4 blocks per game with a team-high 12 rejections.

Mason Plumlee
•    Made his 69th start at Duke. Plumlee has started 56 of Duke’s last 59 games.
•    Recorded his second straight double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. It was Plumlee’s third double-double of the season and followed a 20-point, 17-assist effort against Minnesota on Thursday. For the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament, Plumlee is averaging 18.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game.
•    Scored at least 17 points for the sixth consecutive game, dating back to the final game of the 2012 season.
•    Extended a streak of shooting over 50 percent from the field to 11 consecutive games.

Rasheed Sulaimon
•    Earned his fifth consecutive start and scored in double figures for the third straight game. Sulaimon is averaging 11.6 points per game which ranks third on the team.
•    Hit a three-pointer for the fifth straight game and improved his three-point shooting percentage to .458 (11-of-24). Sulaimon has hit multiple three-pointers in four of Duke’s five games and averages 2.2 made treys per game.