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No. 1 Duke Opens Maui Invitational Monday
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 11/19/2018
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THE GAME
No. 1 Duke vs. San Diego State
When: Nov. 19 | 5:00 PM (ET)
Where: Lahaina Civic Center
Watch Live: ESPN 2
Listen Live: Blue Devil IMG Sports Network
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Leading Off

  • A five-time champion in Maui and owner of the most Maui  Jim Maui Invitational titles, No. 1  Duke is island-bound once again for college basketball’s premier holiday showcase.
  • The Blue Devils open against San Diego State Monday at 12 p.m. local (5 p.m. ET), with Auburn or Xavier on Tuesday.
  • Duke heads to Maui ranked No. 1 after ascending to the top spot on Nov. 12 for a record 135th time, breaking a tie with UCLA for most weeks ranked No. 1 all-time.
  • This season marks the third time Duke plays in Maui when ranked No. 1 (1992, 2001).
  • Duke’s five Maui titles (1992, 1992, 2001, 2007, 2011) are the most in the tournament’s history.
  • Paced by the nation’s highest-scoring freshmen duo, RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson are each averaging 25.3 points this season. They have scored the most points by any Duke freshman over a season’s first three games in history.
  • Williamson is shooting .821 (32-of-39) from the field and averaging 10.7 rebounds per game, while Barrett is averaging 4.7 assists per game.
  • Duke will be looking for its 20th in-season tournament title under Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils claimed the PK80 Motion Bracket crown last season, and are 92-16 (.852) when playing in-season tournaments under Coach K.
  • Duke is ranked in the top five of KenPom’s adjusted offensive efficiency (118.1, 1st) and defensive efficiency (89.7, 5th) -- as of Nov. 14.

Blue Devils Unblemished in Maui
Duke has made five previous trips to the Maui Invitational and have come away champions each time -- the most titles in the tournament’s history…Duke’s championships: 1992, 1997, 2001, 2007, 2011…Duke (16-0) and Syracuse (10-0) are the only undefeated teams with 10 or more games played in Maui…Head coach Mike Krzyzewski joins fellow ACC coaches Roy Williams and Jim Boeheim as the only head coaches with three or more Maui titles. Coach K is the only coach with four or more titles…Duke played a Maui campus-round game versus Belmont at Cameron Indoor Stadium in 2011, before heading to Lahaina for the final three games…Duke’s average margin of victory when playing in the Lahaina Civic Center is 15.7 points…This year marks the third time Duke heads to Maui as the No. 1-ranked team (1992, 2001)…Grant Hill’s 63 points in 1992 are a Duke Maui record, while Mason Plumlee’s 30 rebounds in 2011 are the most by a Blue Devil in the Maui tournament. A full Duke Maui record book is included on pages 11-12…The Lahaina Civic Center ranks 17th in Duke history in most wins (15) by the Blue Devils in any arena.

Duke in Hawaii
Duke is 23-3 all-time when playing in the state of Hawai’i, including 15-0 in Maui Invitational games at the Lahaina Civic Center…In addition to its five Maui titles, the Blue Devils won the 1989 Rainbow Classic in Honolulu.


Duke-San Diego State History
Duke and San Diego State have met just twice, with the Blue Devils winning both meetings…The Blue Devils won the teams’ first match-up, 92-79, on Dec. 21, 2001 at Cameron Indoor Stadium thanks to 25 points from Mike Dunleavy Jr…In the 2015 NCAA Tournament second round, Duke won, 68-49, on the Blue Devils way to the national championship…Against teams from the Mountain West Conference, Duke is 12-2 all-time.


Up Next in Maui
Duke will play either No. 9 Auburn or Xavier on Tuesday. With a win, Duke plays at 3 p.m. local (8 p.m.) on ESPN against the winner of Auburn/Xavier. A loss puts Duke at 9:30 a.m. local (2:30 p.m. ET) on ESPN2 against the Auburn/Xavier loser…The other side of Duke’s bracket includes No. 3 Gonzaga, Arizona, Illinois and Iowa State…The Blue Devils are 3-0 all-time versus Auburn, but have not faced the Tigers since 1981…Against Xavier, Duke is 4-0, with two of those meeting coming in the NCAA Tournament, including a 66-63 win in the 2004 Elite Eight in Atlanta.

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