No. 9-ranked Duke defeated Boston College 66-65 on Friday, March 13, 2009, in the quarterfinal round of the ACC Tournament at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. to improve to 26-6 on the season.
A Winning Tradition Duke has now won 1,873 games all-time, the fourth-highest victory total in NCAA history. The Blue Devils have an all-time record of 1,873-814, including 756-213 under Coach K. The Blue Devils have won 287 games this decade, the most wins in a decade by the program. The win total is an NCAA record for the most wins by a program in a decade, as they passed Kansas (286-60 from 1990-99). Duke is now 932-237 all-time as a ranked team, including 790-180 as a Top 10 team. The Blue Devils have won 25 or more games 22 times in school history with 18 of those coming under Coach K. Duke has won 20 or more games 44 times. Duke improved to 82-39 all-time in the ACC Tournament and 34-16 in the quarterfinals.
Duke In The ACC Tournament Duke is now 82-39 all-time in the ACC Tournament, making their 56th appearance. The Blue Devils are 27-4 in the ACC Tournament since 1998 with seven of the last 11 tournament championships. Coach K has an all-time record of 44-17 in the ACC Tournament. Duke has played 50 quarterfinal games in the ACC Tournament with a 35-16 record in that round. The Blue Devils are 13-6 all-time as a No. 3 seed in the tournament and 10-6 all-time when playing a No. 6 seed. Duke is now 2-0 against Boston College in the ACC Tournament. The only previous time the two schools met was in the 2006 championship game when Duke defeated Boston College The Blue Devils are 6-1 all-time when playing in the Georgia Dome, including a 4-0 record in the ACC Tournament. Duke won the 2001 ACC Tournament at the Georgia Dome. Duke is 7-3 all-time when playing ACC Tournament games in Atlanta.
Duke vs. Boston College Series Duke and Boston College met for the 12th time on Friday with Duke leading the all-time series 10-2. The Blue Devils are 2-0 against the Eagles in the ACC Tournament and 3-1 in neutral site games. Coach K owns an 9-2 record all-time against Boston College. Duke has been ranked in 11 of the 12 games they have played against Boston College. They have been ranked in the top 10 all 11 times they have been ranked when playing the Eagles.
Duke In March Duke improved to 2-1 in the month of March during the 2008-09 season. They now have a 129-54 all-time record in the month of March under Coach K. When playing on March 13, Duke is now 9-1 all-time, including a 7-0 record under Coach K.
Krzyzewski Climbs Victory Ladder Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski earned his 829th victory as a head coach on Friday. He ranks fifth all-time in NCAA Division I history for career victories and is first among active coaches. Krzyzewski is now one victories shy of Jim Phelan for fourth all-time. Coach K now has 756 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 796). Krzyzewski is three wins shy of Western Kentucky’s Ed Diddle for fifth all-time. Krzyzewski’s 829 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 58 players in school history who have scored over 1,000 career points, giving the Blue Devils the third most 1,000-point scorers of any school in Division I behind North Carolina (62) and Louisville (59). Duke has three current players who have scored at least 1,000 points in their career. Jon Scheyer ranks 38th all-time with 1,257 career points. Gerald Henderson ranks 40th with 1,183 career points. Greg Paulus currently ranks 41st on the school’s all-time list with 1,182 career points. Sophomore Kyle Singler is also chasing 1,000 career points this season. He currently has 990 career points.
Offensive Notes Duke doubled their first half scoring total with 44 points in the second half. The Blue Devils scored 22 points in the first half. The Blue Devils made nine three-point field goals and have now made eight or more in 17 games this season. They are averaging 7.9 treys per game in the last seven contests. Duke shot 63.6 percent in the second half, making 14-of-22 from the field. The Blue Devils were 7-of-9 (.778) from behind the three-point line. They have shot over 50 percent in a half 22 times this year, with 12 of those coming in the second half.
Defensive Notes Duke allowed 65 points and have now held 21 opponents to under 70 points on the year. The Blue Devils limited the Eagles to 38.3 percent (23-of-60) shooting in the game. It was the first time since Jan. 24, a span of 12 games, that Duke held an opponent under 40 percent. Duke blocked eight shots in the game, the most since Jan. 24 when they had 12 blocks at home against Maryland. The Blue Devils had eight steals and forced 12 turnovers. They have forced 10 or more turnovers in all 32 games this season.
Duke Player Notes:
Gerald Henderson Junior Gerald Henderson extended his double-figure scoring streak to 24 straight games, the second longest streak in the ACC with 16 points against Boston College. He has 28 games overall with 10 or more points and 60 career games.
David McClure Senior David McClure blocked two shots to give him four games with two blocks on the year. He has a blocked shot in 13 games on the season.
Jon Scheyer Junior Jon Scheyer scored in double figures for the seventh consecutive game and 25th time this season with 14 points in the quarterfinals. Scheyer made four three-point field goals to give him 12 games on the year with at least three made treys. He has made three or more from beyond the arc in four straight games and has 21 three-point field goals in his last seven games since taking over the point guard position. With six rebounds Scheyer has five or more rebounds in seven games this season.
Kyle Singler Sophomore Kyle Singler matched a career high with 26 points and now has 20 or more points in 11 games this season. He has scored at least 20 points in four straight games and has 15 career 20-point games. He also had 26 points last season against Maryland on Feb. 13, 2008. Singler has a team-high 29 games in double figure scoring this season. He has now scored 10 or more points in 54 of his 66 career games. Singler tallied at least one point, rebound, assist, blocked shot and steal in a game for the sixth straight contest and 18th game this season. The 18 games are the sixth most in a single season at Duke. The most is 26 games by Shane Battier in 2001. Singler matched a career high with 10 field goals in the game. He also had 10 made field goals last season against Maryland on Feb. 13, 2008. With three made three-point field goals Singler has made three or more treys in eight games on the year. With nine rebounds Singler has 16 games with eight or more boards on the year. Singler set a career high with six blocked shots. His previous high was three blocks in three different games. His five blocks are also the most by a Blue Devil this season. The last player to block five shots in a game was Josh McRoberts (5) against VCU on March 15, 2007. Singler has 22 games with at least one blocked shot, including six games with two or more. The two steals for Singler give him 14 games with two or more steals this season.
Nolan Smith Sophomore Nolan Smith returned to action against Boston College after missing three games due to a mild concussion he suffered at Maryland on Feb. 25. Smith played 18 minutes in his first game back with one rebound and one steal.
Elliot Williams Freshman Elliot Williams pulled down eight rebounds for his third game this season with eight or more boards. Williams had two steals to give him four games this year with two or more steals.