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Duke vs. Pittsburgh
January 27, 2014 • 7:00 p.m.
Durham, N.C. • Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
ESPN • Blue Devil IMG Sports Network
The Opening Tip
• Currently on a four-game winning streak, Duke heads to Pittsburgh, Pa., to face ACC newcomer Pittsburgh Monday at 7 p.m. in the Petersen Events Center. The game will air on ESPN and the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network.
• Duke is ranked No. 18 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 18 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. Duke is 9-4 all-time when ranked No. 18 in the AP Poll.
• Duke is 4-4 away from home this season, including a 1-2 record in true road games.
• Pittsburgh will be the fourth top-25 team Duke has faced this season. Duke is 1-2 with a win over No. 22 Michigan (79-69) and losses to No. 4 Arizona (72-66) and No. 5 Kansas (94-83).
• Head coach Mike Krzyzewski recorded his 900th win at Duke Saturday, becoming the second coach in NCAA history to win 900 games at one schol. Coach K is 900-242 during his 34 seasons at Duke.
The Last Time Out
• Duke outrebounded Florida State 47-24 with a season-high 27 offensive boards to rout the Seminoles, 78-56, Saturday in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke’s +23 rebounding margin was a season-high, while the 27 offensive rebounds were the third most in the Coach K era.
Rodney Hood shook off an illness that made him a late scratch from the starting lineup and scored a team-high 18 points. Hood hit 4-of-12 shots from the field but connected on 9-of-11 free throws and hauled in a career-high nine rebounds in the win.
Jabari Parker recorded his second straight double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive glass. The 10 offensive boards tied Elton Brand for the most offensive rebounds by a Duke player in the Coach K era.
Marshall Plumlee broke out for a career-high seven points and seven rebounds, all on the offensive end.
By The Numbers
• Head coach Mike Krzyzewski recorded his 900th career win at Duke Saturday, becoming just the second coach in NCAA Division I history to record 900 wins at one school. Already the NCAA Division I
all-time leader with 973 wins, he trails only Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim (937) for the most wins at one school.
• Duke’s defense has been strong during its current four-game win streak as the Blue Devils have allowed just 56.8 points per game. The opposition has shot 42.7 percent (85-of-199) from the field, including just 29.4 percent (10-of-34) from three-point range, in that span.
• The Blue Devils have held the opposition to five or fewer three-point field goals in 18 of 20 games this season, including three straight games with just two made three-pointers. Duke opponents are shooting just .293 (80-of-273) from behind the three-point line this season with just 4.0 made three-pointers per game.
• Duke has outrebounded its opponent by double digits in back-to-back games, posting margins of +14 against Miami and a season-high of +23 against Florida State. Jabari Parker is averaging 14.5 rebounds per game in that two-game stretch, including 8.0 offensive rebounds.
Jabari Parker has recorded a double-double in back-to-back games. His six double-doubles this season rank tied for the most in the ACC and tied for the third most by a Duke freshman. His six double-figure rebounding games rank tied for fourth most by a Duke freshman.
• Duke is 9-0 this season and 38-2 in his career when Andre Dawkins reaches double figures in scoring.
Rodney Hood leads the ACC in three-point field goal percentage (.449 – 40-of-89), ranks third in field goal percentage (.511 – 116-of-227) and fifth in free throw percentage (.844 –81-of-96). Hood is the only player in the conference to rank among the top five in those three shooting categories.
• Reigning ACC Player of the Week Rasheed Sulaimon is shooting .591 (13-of-22) from three-point range over his past 10 games. Sulaimon shot just .235 (4-of-17) from three-point range over Duke’s first 10 games. Sulaimon is Duke’s leading scorer off the bench with 10.3 points per game when not in the starting lineup.
Amile Jefferson is averaging 7.0 points and 8.7 rebounds since returning to the starting lineup on Jan. 7. He is shooting 64.0 percent (16-of-25) from the field during that five-game stretch.