Game 35 l NCAA Tournament First Round
Duke (29-5, 13-3 ACC)
vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (18-15, 14-4 SWAC)
Friday, March 19 l 7:25 p.m. l CBS
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena l Jacksonville, Fla.
The Opening Tip
Duke (29-5, 13-3 ACC) faces Arkansas-Pine Bluff (18-15, 14-4 SWAC) in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday, March 19, at 7:25 p.m. The game will air on CBS with Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg calling the action.
The Blue Devils, ranked third in the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls, will be making their 34th NCAA Tournament appearance. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski has led the program to 15 straight NCAA bids and 26 appearances in his 30 years on the Duke sidelines.
2010 ACC Tournament Champions
Duke posted wins over Virginia, Miami and Georgia Tech to claim the 18th ACC Tournament Championship in school history and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils have won nine of the last 12 league tournament titles, posting a 30-3 record in that span.
Junior Kyle Singler averaged 21.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in earning Most Valuable Player honors. The Medford, Ore., native shot 50.0 percent (7-of-14) from three-point range and 88.0 percent (22-of-25) from the free throw line for the tournament. Singler recorded his sixth double-double of the season in the opener with 18 points and 11 rebounds. In the win over Miami, he knocked down five three-pointers in scoring a game-high 27 points. Singler closed the tournament with 20 points and six rebounds vs. Georgia Tech. He went 14-of-16 from the free throw line, including 13 straight made free throws in the second half of play.
Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith joined Singler on the all-tournament team. Scheyer averaged 15.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, while Smith shot 48.7 percent (19-of-39) from the field and scored 14.3 points per game in the tournament.
- Duke earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time in school history (the most since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985). The Blue Devils are 37-8 all-time as a top seed.
- The Blue Devils are making their 15th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Duke has earned a No. 1 seed in nine of the last 13 tournaments.
- Duke is the No. 1 seed in the South Region for the sixth time in program history. The Blue Devils are 13-5 when playing out of the South Region.
- The Blue Devils are one win shy of posting the 11th 30-win season in program history. Duke has won 30 or more games in seven of the last 12 seasons.
- Duke won the ACC regular season and tournament championships for the 10th time in school history. That feat has been accomplished only 18 other times in league history. In the past 24 years, only 10 ACC teams have won both the regular season and tournament crowns, including seven times by the Blue Devils.
- Duke is ranked third in the AP poll, marking the 55th consecutive week ranked in the top 10. The Blue Devils are 100-20 all-time when ranked third in the AP poll.
- Jon Scheyer, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith are attempting to become just the third trio in Duke history to each average over 17.0 points per game. Jim Spanarkel, Mike Gminski and Gene Banks accomplished the feat in 1977-78, while Jason Williams, Carlos Boozer and Mike Dunleavy did the same in 2001-02.
- Kyle Singler is averaging 21.0 points and 6.8 rebounds, while shooting 43.1 percent (22-of-51) from three-point range over the last nine games. He has three double-doubles and has scored 20 or more points six times in that span.
- Jon Scheyer is three points shy of moving into the top 10 at Duke in career points. He is 19 points shy of becoming the 10th player in school history to top 2,000 career points.
- Brian Zoubek has started Duke’s last 10 games and is averaging 6.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game in that span. He has grabbed 10 or more rebounds in five of those contests.
- Kyle Singler (19.9), Jon Scheyer (17.3) and Nolan Smith (16.4) have combined to score 75.0 percent of Duke’s points (53.6 of 71.5 points per game) in the last 10 contests.
- Senior Jon Scheyer has scored in double figures in 33 of 34 games this year. He ranks seventh at Duke with 109 career double-figure scoring games. Scheyer has played in 138 consecutive games, tied for fourth-most in Blue Devil history.
Checking in on ...
- #2 Nolan Smith - +8.9 ppg. increase from a year ago is second-best in the ACC ... 60th player in Duke history to top 1,000 career point mark ... tied for fourth in the ACC with 14 games with 20+ points scored ... only guard in the ACC to rank in the top 10 in field goal percentage
- #5 Mason Plumlee - Second on the team with 21 dunks ... third with 23 blocks ... three double-figure scoring games
- #12 Kyle Singler - Six double-doubles and seven games with 10+ rebounds ... averaging 20.0 points per game while shooting 48.1 percent (37-of-77), since the loss to Georgetown on Jan. 30 (13 games)
- #20 Andre Dawkins - Fourth on the team with 34 three-point field goals ... shooting 37.4 percent from three-point range
- #21 Miles Plumlee - Leads the team with 30 dunks ... second on the team in field goal percentage at .570 (73-of-128)
- #30 Jon Scheyer - Ranks in the top 10 of the ACC in scoring, free throw pct, three-point pct, assists, steals, three-point field goals, assist-to-turnover ratio and minutes ... eighth in ACC history in minutes played ... tied for second in the ACC with 15 games with 20 or more points ... three-time ACC Player of the Week
- #34 Ryan Kelly - 14 blocked shots ... played in 31 of 34 games
- #42 Lance Thomas - Tied for team lead with 13 charges taken ... 5 or more rebounds in 16 games ... ACC All-Defensive team member
- #55 Brian Zoubek - Four or more offensive rebounds 15 times ... averaging 16.4 rebounds per 40 minutes played ... nine double-figure rebounding games
Big Three Pace Blue Devil Offense
Jon Scheyer, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith combine to average 53.5 points per game or 68.6 percent of Duke’s scoring.
Scheyer is third in the ACC in scoring at 18.6 ppg., while Singler (17.6 ppg.) and Smith (17.3 ppg.) rank fourth and fifth, respectively. The trio is the highest scoring threesome in the NCAA and the fourth-highest under Mike Krzyzewski.
Bradley, Texas Southern, California, Siena, VMI, New Mexico, Purdue and UC-Davis are the only other schools with three players ranked among the top 10 scorers in their respective leagues.