No. 2-ranked Duke defeated N.C. State 73-56 on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, inside Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. to improve to 17-1 on the season.
A Winning Tradition
Duke has now won 1,864 games all-time, the fourth-highest victory total in NCAA history.
The Blue Devils have won 278 games this decade, the most wins in a decade by the program. The win total is the fifth-most in any decade by a team in NCAA history.
Duke has now won at least 11 home games in a season a total of 33 times, including 26 times under Coach K. The Blue Devils have won at 11 or more home games in 14 straight seasons and in 25 of the last 26 years.
The Blue Devils have started the season 17-1 for the 10th time in school history. The Blue Devils have begun the year 17-1 for the second straight season and sixth time this decade. Coach K has led Duke to a 17-1 start a total of nine times.
Duke has jumped out to a 4-0 start in ACC play, the 15th time in 55 seasons of the ACC they have won their first four league contests. It is the 11th time Coach K has led Duke to a 4-0 start in conference play.
Duke vs. N.C. State Series
Duke and N.C. State met for the 232nd time on Tuesday with the Blue Devils now holding a 136-96 lead in the all-time series.
The Blue Devils are now 45-23 when playing at Cameron Indoor Stadium against the Wolfpack. Coach K owns a 21-5 record at home against N.C. State.
Coach K is 44-19 all-time against N.C. State. He has a 20-8 ledger in the month of January, including a 4-0 mark on January 20.
Duke has been ranked in each of the last 29 games they have had against N.C. State and 91 overall times in the series. They have been ranked in the top 10 in 72 games and in the top five 42 times.
Duke At Home
The Blue Devils now have an all-time record of 733-149 (.831) when playing in Cameron Indoor Stadium, including a 373-54 (.874) mark under Coach K.
Duke has won 181 of their last 195 games in Cameron.
The Blue Devils have a streak of 64 straight seasons with a winning record at home heading into this year and are 11-0 thus far at Cameron in 2008-09. The last time Duke had a losing record at home was in the 1943-44 campaign when they went 7-8.
Duke has recorded 10 or more wins at home in each of the last 14 seasons, posting a 192-18 (.914) record during that span, including four undefeated seasons.
The Blue Devils have sold out 285 consecutive games at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Duke In The ACC
Duke now owns a 513-273 all-time record in ACC regular season games since the inception of the league in 1953-54.
The Blue Devils are now 4-0 in the ACC this season, the 15th time in school history they have started with wins in the first four games.
Duke has an 840-474 record against schools currently in the Atlantic Coast Conference, including a 351-105 record at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Coach K owns a 338-143 record against schools currently in the ACC.
Duke In January
Duke improved to 6-0 in the month of January in 2008-09. Under Coach K, the Blue Devils have a 198-54 all-time record in the month of January.
The Blue Devils have won 19 straight games in the month of January dating back to a 74-63 loss at Georgia Tech on Jan. 10, 2007. Duke is 92-7 in its last 99 January games since 1998.
When playing on Jan. 20, Duke is now 13-1 all-time, including a 9-0 record under Coach K. The Blue Devils have won the last nine games on this date.
Krzyzewski Climbs Victory Ladder
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski earned his 820th victory as a head coach on Wednesday. He ranks fifth all-time in NCAA Division I history for career victories and is first among active coaches.
Krzyzewski is now 10 victories shy of Jim Phelan for fourth all-time.
Coach K now has 746 wins as the head coach at Duke, ranking him sixth in NCAA Division I history for victories at one school and second among active coaches (Jim Boeheim, Syracuse 785). Krzyzewski is 12 wins shy of Western Kentucky’s Ed Diddle for fifth all-time.
Krzyzewski’s 820 victories are the second most by a head coach through 34 years of coaching. Only Dean Smith of North Carolina won more games with 830 victories.
1,000 Career Points
Duke has 57 players in its school history who have scored at least 1,000 points in their career, including current players Greg Paulus and Jon Scheyer. The 57 players with 1,000 career points give the Blue Devils the third most 1,000-point scorers of any school in Division I behind North Carolina (62) and Louisville (59).
Senior Greg Paulus currently ranks 46th on the school’s all-time list with 1,110 career points. Junior Jon Scheyer is 52nd all-time with 1,037 career points.
The Blue Devils have two other players chasing 1,000 career points this season. Junior Gerald Henderson currently has 911 points while sophomore Kyle Singler has 753 in his career.
The Blue Devils have now scored 70 or more points in 16 of the 18 games this season. Duke is 658-130 under Coach K when scoring at least 70 points in a game.
Duke closed the game on a 15-1 run over the final 5:28 of the contest and outscored N.C. State 19-3 in the final 7:15. In the final eight minutes, the Blue Devils made 7-of-9 (.778) from the field.
The Blue Devils shot over 50 percent for the fifth time this season, making 29-of-57 (.509) in the game. Duke is 417-30 all-time and 5-0 this season when shooting 50 percent or better.
Duke hit 20-of-26 (.769) from the field in the second half. It ties for the fifth best ever performance in a single half in the Coach K era and the top performance in a second half - .769 (20-of-26) vs. East Carolina on Nov. 26, 1990. The improvement of .479 from the first half to the second half is a school record. The previous record was an improvement of .391 against Appalachian State on Dec. 5, 1984 - .457 (16-of-35) in the first half and .849 (28-of-33) in the second half.
The Blue Devils made an improvement of .714 from the first half to the second half in three-point shooting. It ties for the second best improvement from the first half to second half in school history. It is a school record for improvement with at least five attempts in each half. The previous record was .667 against Virginia Tech on Dec. 4, 2005 - .000 (0-for-8) in the first half and .667 (8-of-12) in the second stanza.
The previous high this season for field goal percentage in a half was .618 (21-of-34) in the first half against Xavier. The previous best for three-point field goal percentage was .600 (3-of-5) against Southern Illinois.
Duke made 29 field goals in the game to give them 25 or more made field goals in 12 contests this season.
The Blue Devils hit seven three-point field goals to give them at least five treys in six consecutive games and 13 games this year.
Duke committed a season-low eight turnovers in the contest. The previous low was nine turnovers at Georgia Tech on Jan. 14, 2009.
The Blue Devils gave up 56 points to N.C. State and have now held nine straight opponents under 70 points. They have not allowed 60 points in any of their four ACC games and are allowing just 53.5 points per game in league play. They have held 12 of their 18 opponents this season to 60 or fewer points.
N.C. State shot just .214 (3-of-14) from three-point range, marking the 10th time this year Duke has held its opponent under 30 percent from long range. Three of the four ACC foes have shot under 30 percent this season. The Wolfpack was just 1-of-8 (.125) in the second half from deep. The Blue Devils have held seven opponents to three made treys or less.
Duke forced 19 turnovers in the game to lead to a 27-10 advantage in points off turnovers. The Blue Devils have a 411-220 advantage in points off turnovers this season.
The Blue Devils had 12 steals in the game, the seventh game this season they have had 10 or more steals.
Duke Player Notes:
Junior Gerald Henderson finished the game with 21 points, seven rebounds, four assists, one block and five steals to lead the team in all five categories. He is the seventh player in school history to accomplish the feat and second this season. Kyle Singler did it against UNC Asheville.
Henderson scored over 20 points for the fourth time this season and third time in the last four games. He has scored in double figures in 10 straight games and 14 overall on the year. He has led the team in scoring seven times on the year, including each of the last four games.
Henderson was 10-of-16 from the floor to match a career high with 10 made field goals. He has back-to-back games with 10 made shots after making 10-of-15 against Georgetown.
With seven rebounds he now has five or more rebounds in eight games this season. He has had seven or more rebounds in four of the last six contests.
The four assists give Henderson seven games with at least three assists, including each of the last three outings.
Henderson has blocked a shot in 12 of the 18 games this season.
The five steals are a season-high for Henderson and match a career high. He has a steal in 16 of the 18 games and three or more on seven occasions.
Henderson had four dunks in the game and now has a team-high 20 dunks for the season.
Senior David McClure posted four points, three rebounds, three assists, one block and two steals in a season-high 22 minutes.
McClure has blocked a shot in nine games off the bench this season.
With two steals McClure has recorded two or more steals in five games this season.
Senior Greg Paulus scored nine points on 3-of-5 from the field, 1-of-2 from the three-point line and 2-of-2 from the foul line.
Paulus has made at least one trey in 12 games this season and has at least one in 74 of his last 83 games.
Junior Jon Scheyer had three points, three rebounds and four assists.
Scheyer tied for the team lead with four assists against N.C. State. He has led the team in each of the last five games and the eighth time this season.
Sophomore Kyle Singler tallied 17 points on 6-of-10 from the field, 3-of-4 from the three-point line and 2-of-2 from the free throw line.
Singler has reached double figures in scoring in 17 of the 18 games on the year and 42 career games. He has scored 10 or more points in seven straight contests.
Singler matched a season high with three treys. He also made three from long range against Rhode Island and Davidson.
With three steals Singler has recorded six games with three or more steals on the year. He has eight career games with at least three steals.
Sophomore Nolan Smith scored 13 points on 4-of-10 from the field, 2-of-4 from the three-point line and 3-of-5 from the foul line.
Smith has scored in double figures in 12 games on the year and 18 career games.
The two made three-point field goals give Smith two or more treys in six games this season.
With The Win, Duke Improves To...
1,864-811 all-time, including 747-209 under Coach K.
924-233 all-time as a ranked team, including 782-176 as a Top 10 team and 492-92 when ranked in the top five.
278-52 this decade, more wins than any other team in the NCAA. The 278 wins are the most in a decade by a Duke team, passing the squads from 1990-99 which totaled 271 victories.