Duke vs. Notre Dame Jan. 4, 2014 • 4:10 p.m. South Bend, Ind. • Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center (9,149) CBS • Blue Devil IMG Sports Network
The Opening Tip • Duke travels to South Bend, Ind. to face Notre Dame in its ACC opener Saturday, Jan. 4. Tip-off is set for 4:10 p.m. on CBS. • Duke has won six consecutive ACC openers and is 26-7 in conference openers under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. • Duke is ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press and No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The Blue Devils are 79-21 all-time when ranked No. 7 in the AP Poll. • The Blue Devils are playing their 225th straight game as a top-10 team in the AP poll. Duke is 186-38 (.830) in that span. • Duke has won five straight games entering Saturday’s contest against Notre Dame. All five wins have been by double figures with the Blue Devils owning a +21.4 scoring margin in that span. • Freshman Jabari Parker has scored in double figures in all 13 games with 10 games with 20 or more points scored.
The Last Time Out • Duke posted an 86-48 win over Elon on New Year’s Eve to improve to 11-2 on the year. • Andre Dawkins led five Blue Devil double-figure scorers with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from behind the three-point arc. • Jabari Parker notched his fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds to go along with two assists and three steals. • Rodney Hood (13), Quinn Cook (11) and Rasheed Sulaimon (11) also scored in double figures. • Duke allowed a season-low 48 points, including just 18 points in the opening half of play. The Blue Devils also forced a season-high 22 turnovers, while holding Elon to 35.2 percent (19-of-54) shooting. • Duke knocked down 10-of-19 (.714) three-point attempts in the win, marking the seventh time this season the Blue Devils have made 10 or more three-point field goals in a game.
By The Numbers • Duke leads the ACC in scoring (85.2 ppg.) and field goal percentage (.502). The Blue Devils have scored 80 or more points 10 times, while shooting 50 percent or better from the field on six occasions. • Jabari Parker has scored 20 or more points in 10 of Duke’s 13 contests. His 10 20-point games are tied for the second-most by a Duke freshman. Gene Banks (1977-78) holds the school freshman record with 11 games of 20 or more points scored. • Andre Dawkins is averaging 9.6 points in just 13.8 minutes per game this season. He leads the ACC in three-point percentage (.508) and is tied for third in three-point field goals (2.5 3pg.). Dawkins is averaging 17.5 points while shooting 11-of-17 (.647) from three-point distance in the last two games. • Quinn Cook has recorded two or more steals in each of the last five games and is now fifth in the ACC at 1.85 steals per game. Cook has 16 steals in the last three games with a career-high eight thefts against UCLA. • Rodney Hood is fourth in the ACC in field goal percentage (.543), tied for sixth in free throw percentage (.833) and seventh in scoring (17.6 ppg.). Hood and K.J. McDaniels (Clemson) are the only players to rank in the top 10 in all three categories. • Amile Jefferson is averaging 7.4 points, 8.6 rebounds (3.4 orpg.) and 1.1 blocks per game over the last five contests. He has a pair of double-figure rebounding games in that span including a career-high 14 boards in the win over Eastern Michigan. • Duke is allowing just 63.0 points per game since Tyler Thornton and Josh Hairston were inserted into the starting lineup seven games ago. The Blue Devils allowed the opposition to average 75.7 points per game over the first six games of the season. The senior tandem has combined for 11 charges taken on the year. • Jabari Parker (21.4 ppg.) and Rodney Hood (17.2 ppg.) are the top scoring tandem in the ACC (10th in the NCAA) at 38.6 points per game. Either Parker or Hood have led the Blue Devils in scoring in 11 of the first 13 games this season. • Duke’s reserves tallied a season-high 45 points in the win over Elon. The Blue Devil bench is averaging 23.8 points per game with 12 individual double-figure scoring efforts. • Duke is averaging 41.5 rebounds per game (including 14.0 offensive boards per game) over the last four contests. The Blue Devils have a +10.8 rebound margin in that span.