DURHAM, N.C. - Duke (19-1, 7-0) returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 1, with a road contest against Boston College (16-4, 4-3). The Blue Devils are ranked second in the latest AP and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls, while the Eagles are ranked 15th in the AP poll and 14th in the coaches poll.
The Blue Devils are coming off an 82-63 win over Virginia on Saturday, Jan. 28. J.J. Redick had one his best games as a Blue Devil, finishing with 40 points, four rebounds and two steals. The Roanoke, Va., native went 11-of-13 from the field, including 8-of-10 from three-point distance for his third 40-point game of the year. He was also 10-of-11 from the foul line.
Shelden Williams controlled the lane for Duke, registering his 10th double-double of the year with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He also added eight blocked shots and matched a season-high with four assists.
Duke shot 55.3 percent (26-of-47) for the game, including 55.6 percent (10-of-18) from three-point distance. The Blue Devils registered 20 assists, led by Greg Paulus with eight, on their 26 made field goals.
The Blue Devil defense was strong as well, holding the Cavaliers to 35.7 percent (20-of-56) shooting. Duke recorded 14 steals, led by Sean Dockery with five.
- Duke is 4-1 all-time against Boston College, including wins in each of the last three meetings. Under Coach K, the Blue Devils are 3-1 against the Eagles, with the only loss being a 74-73 decision on March 17, 1985, in the secound round of the NCAA Tournament. Duke is 1-0 in the all-time series at the Silvio O. Conte Forum.
- The Blue Devils rank first in the country in RPI (.7191) and second in strength of schedule (.6818). Baylor, who is playing only conference games this season due to NCAA sanctions, is currently first in strength of schedule. Duke is 11-1 on the year against teams ranked in the top 100 of the RPI.
- Duke is one of 12 NCAA Division I teams without a loss in conference play this season. The other conference undefeated teams are West Virginia (Big East), LSU (SEC West), George Washington (A-10), Northern Arizona (Big Sky), UC Irvine (Big West), Memphis (CUSA), UTEP (CUSA), Penn (Ivy), Delaware State (MEAC), Bucknell (Patriot) and Gonzaga (WCC).
- J.J. Redick has scored at least 40 points in two of the last three games for the Blue Devils. He also had 41 points earlier this season against Texas. Redick and Dick Groat (1952) are the only players in Duke history to score 40 or more points three times in a season and career at Duke. Redick and Gonzaga’s Adam Morrison are the only two NCAA Division I players with at least three 40-point games this season.
- Shelden Williams has 48 career double-doubles, including an ACC-best 10 this year. Duke is 42-6 in those contests, including a 10-0 mark this season. Williams has registered double-doubles in eight of the last 11 contests.
- J.J. Redick leads the ACC and is second nationally in scoring at 27.8 ppg. The Roanoke, Va., native led the league in scoring last year at 21.8 ppg. The last player to lead the ACC in scoring in back-to-back seasons was Jason Williams (2001 & 2002). Redick’s points per game average is the highest single-season average in Duke history. Bob Verga averaged 26.1 ppg. as a senior during the 1966-67 season to set the Duke standard. Redick’s scoring average is also the highest in the ACC since 1975 when David Thompson (N.C. State) averaged 29.9 points per game.
- The Blue Devils are shooting 40.4 percent (154-of-381) from three-point distance, while holding the opposition to an ACC-low 27.8 percent (73-of-263). On the year, J.J. Redick has more treys (79) than the Blue Devil defense has allowed (73).
- Duke is shooting an ACC-best 51.4 percent (565-of-1100) from the field on the year. The Blue Devils last shot over 50 percent for the year during the 1998-99 season. Duke has shot over 50.0 percent from the field 12 times this season.
- Duke also leads the ACC in free throw shooting at 77.0 percent (358-of-465) and has made more free throws (358) than its opponents have attempted (306). Duke has accomplished that feat eight times (1972, 1978, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1999 & 2000). The Blue Devils are 12-0 this season when making more free throws than an opponent has attempted.
- Shelden Williams has 1,608 points, 1,074 rebounds, 359 blocked shots and 140 steals in his career. He is 10 steals shy of joining Pervis Ellison (Louisville) and David Robinson (Navy) as the only players in NCAA history with at least 1,500 points, 1,000 rebounds, 350 blocks and 150 steals in a career.
- J.J. Redick has scored 30 or more points in a game eight times this season. Bob Verga holds the school record for 30-point games with 10 during the 1966-67 season. Redick is also third at Duke for career 30-point games with 14.
- Freshman Greg Paulus leads the ACC in assists per game (5.20). Only three freshmen — Jeff Jones (Virginia), Kenny Anderson (Georgia Tech) and Ed Cota (North Carolina) — have led the conference in assists per game. Paulus has led the Blue Devils in assists 13 times and has had at least four assists in a game 15 times.
- J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams have both scored 20 or more points in the same game eight times this season. The twosome has accomplished that feat 12 times in their careers, compiling an 11-1 record in such games. Redick and Williams are averaging 55.6 percent (45.7 ppg.) of Duke’s scoring output (82.1 ppg.) this season.
- J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams were both named to the Wooden Award Midseason All-America Team on Jan. 28. The Midseason List is composed of the top 30 players who are expected to compete for this year’s player of the year award and is based on individual player performance and team records through the first half of the season.
- J.J. Redick has been named the ACC Player of the Week in each of the past two weeks (sharing the honor with Boston College’s Craig Smith on Jan. 23). During the four-game stretch, Redick averaged 33.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game while shooting 53.6 percent (37-of-69) from the floor and 51.3 percent (20-of-39) from three-point distance.
- Due to ABC NBA coverage on Sunday, Feb. 5, from noon-3:00 p.m., Inside Basketball with Duke’s Coach K will air on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 3:30 p.m.