Duke vs. North Carolina
February 12, 2014 • 9 p.m.
Chapel Hill, N.C. • Dean E. Smith Center (21,750)
ESPN • ACC Network • Blue Devil IMG Sports Network
The Opening Tip
• Duke will hit the road for the fourth time in the past five games this Wednesday, taking on North Carolina in Chapel Hill at 9 p.m.. The game will air on ESPN, the ACC Network and the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network.
• The road game at Boston College will be Duke’s fourth in a five-game stretch that included games at Pittsburgh (W, 80-65), Syracuse (L, 89-91 in OT) and Boston College (W, 89-68). Duke is 6-5 away from Cameron Indoor Stadium this season, including 3-3 in true road games.
• Duke is ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 9 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The Blue Devils are 75-17 all-time when ranked No. 8 in the AP Poll.
• The Blue Devils are 18-2 against unranked opponents this season with their lone losses coming on the road against ACC foes Notre Dame (77-79) and Clemson (59-72). Duke is 3-3 in ACC road games.
The Last Time Out
• Jabari Parker scored logged his eighth double-double of the year with career highs of 29 points and 16 rebounds to lead Duke past Boston College, 89-68, Saturday at the Conte Forum. Parker hit 12-of-17 shots from the field – also a career high for made field goals – while adding three blocks and five offensive rebounds.
• Duke hit 11-of-21 three-pointers, including five from Quinn Cook who scored 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and 5-of-7 from three-point range. Cook dished out three assists and did not commit a turnover in 26 minutes.
• Tyler Thornton and Rasheed Sulaimon recorded six assists apiece while combining for just one turnover. The turnover-free performance was Thornton’s fourth in a row.
• The Blue Devils outrebounded Boston College 37-23 with 12 offensive rebounds, including five from Parker. Duke turned those opportunities into 22 second-chance points.
By The Numbers
• Duke returned to the Associated Press Top 10 Monday, climbing from No. 11 to No. 8 in the most recent poll following 20-point wins over Wake Forest and Boston College. Duke has been ranked in the AP top 10 for 302 of the past 334 polls.
• The Blue Devils are on the verge of winning 20 games for the 18th straight season and 49th time overall. Duke has won at least 20 games in 29 of head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s 34 seasons.
• Duke has won seven of its past eight games with the lone loss during that stretch coming at the hands of now-No. 1 Syracuse, 91-89, in overtime. Duke has beaten five of those eight opponents by 20 points or more.
• The Blue Devils are shooting an NCAA-leading .420 (232-of-552) from three-point range this season while averaging 9.67 made three-pointers per game. The .420 three-point percentage would rank third on Duke’s single-season list, while the 9.67 made three-pointers would rank second.
• Since beginning conference play, Duke is averaging 12.9 offensive rebounds per game to rank third in the ACC. Duke has pulled in double-digit offensive rebounds in seven straight games and is averaging 16.8 points on second-chance opportunities in ACC play.
• Jabari Parker received his league-leading seventh ACC Freshman Rookie of the Week citation Monday. Parker, who was also named ACC Player of the Week, is just three rookie awards shy of tying the ACC record of 10 rookie of the week selections.
• Rasheed Sulaimon and Tyler Thornton are shooting a combined .574 (31-of-54) from three-point range since Duke began ACC play. Sulaimon boasts a .576 (19-of-33) clip, while Thornton owns a .545 (12-of-22) percentage.
• Sulaimon has scored in double figures in seven of 11 ACC games and averages 11.0 points and 3.4 assists per game in conference play. He has at least four assists in five of his past seven games and owns a 3.0:1 assist-to-turnover ratio during that span.
• Thornton has not committed a turnover in four consecutive games and has amassed 13 assists during that span. Thornton has 11 assists in his past two games with zero turnovers. The senior guard owns a team-leading 3.71 assist-to-turnover ratio this season.