Courtesy: Duke Sports Information Release: 01/05/2013
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Duke 80, Wake Forest 62
• Duke started 14-0 for the sixth time in school history, all of which have come under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. The best start in school history came during the 1991-92 and 2005-06 seasons when the Blue Devils started 17-0. Duke started 15-0 in 2010-11.
• Duke improved to 212-31 while playing as the No. 1 team in the country. The Blue Devils have been ranked No. 1 for 124 weeks overall, including 106 weeks under Coach K. It was Coach K’s 188th win when coaching Duke as the No. 1 team in the nation (188-26, .879).
• Duke played its 190th straight game as a top-10 team. The Blue Devils are 160-30 during that span.
• The win was Duke’s 108th since the start of the 2009-10 season. Only Kentucky, Kansas and Ohio State have more wins during that span.
• Duke won its sixth straight ACC opener and improved to 26-7 in ACC openers under Coach K.
• Duke had multiple 20-point scorers against Wake Forest for the sixth time in the series’ last seven games. Duke has had at least two 20-point scorers in every meeting against Wake Forest since the 2009 season except for the Feb. 28, 2012 matchup.
• Duke has had at least one 20-point scorer in 16 of the past 17 meetings against Wake Forest, dating back to the 2002-03 season.
• Duke’s first seven baskets of the game came from three-point range. The Blue Devils shot 7-of-8 from three-point range to start the game and scored 25 points on their first 18 possessions.
• The Blue Devils hit a season-high nine first-half three-pointers for Duke’s most treys in a half since Dec. 8, 2010, when the Blue Devils shot 10-of-16 in the second half in an 83-48 win against Bradley.
• Duke finished 11-of-24 from three-point range for the team’s fourth outing with 10 or more three-pointers made.
• The Blue Devils staked a 25-17 lead before they scored their first two-point field goal of the game. Duke hit seven three-pointers and four free throws during the opening half of the first period. Duke scored 36 points on two-point field goals and 33 on three-point field goals in the game.
• Duke followed its best free throw shooting percentage of the season (20-of-22, .909 vs. Davidson) with its worst, making a season-low 50.0 percent (11-of-22) shots from the charity stripe.
• Trailing 13-11 with 13:58 left in the first half, Duke scored nine consecutive points with three consecutive three-pointers from Ryan Kelly and Tyler Thornton to take a 22-14 lead. Duke did not trail for the rest of the game.
• For the ninth time this season, Duke held an opponent to fewer than 10 assists. The Duke season record for holding opponents to fewer than 10 assists is 17 games, set by the 2009-10 NCAA Championship team. Duke has held opponents to fewer than 10 assists in 10 or more games just eight times in school history.
• Four Blue Devils scored in double figures, led by seniors Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly with 22 points apiece. Duke has had at least four double-figure scorers 12 times this season and at least three double-figure scorers in every game.
• Duke’s starting five combined to score 69 of the team’s 80 points, or 86.3 percent of the team’s total scoring. Duke’s starters have scored at least 75.0 percent of the team’s total points in 13 of 14 games this season.
• Seniors Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee all scored in double figures and combined to score 57 points, or 71.3 percent of the team’s total. That trio has combined for at least 40 points in 13 of 14 games this season. The only other time they did not account for 40 combined points was against Delaware when Curry missed his first career game at Duke. Plumlee and Kelly combined for 36 points that night.
• Earned his 12th straight start and played 38 minutes, leading Duke to its seventh 80-point game of the season.
• Logged a 14:1 assist-to-turnover ratio which ranks tied for the second-highest single-game A/T ratio in school history (minimum 11 assists), trailing only Bobby Hurley’s 15:1 game against NC State on Feb. 21, 1993 and matching Tommy Amaker’s 14:1 outing against Miami on Feb. 19, 1986.
• Logged his second double-digit assist game of the season with a career-high 14 helpers, which rank tied for the sixth most in a game in school history. It was the most assists in a game by a Duke player since Dec. 18, 2005, when Greg Paulus logged 15 assists against Valparaiso. Only three times since 2000 has a Duke player reached at least 14 assists in a game.
• Cook became only the third Duke player over the past 10 seasons to log 10 or more assists in a game multiple times in the same season, joining Nolan Smith (2010-11) and Chris Duhon (2002-03, 2003-04).
• Six of Cook’s assists led to made three-pointers.
• Increased his career scoring total to 998, needing just two more points to become the 62nd player in school history to reach the 1,000-point barrier.
• Sank 8-of-15 field goals for 22 points and his sixth 20-point game of the season. Curry went 3-of-7 from three-point range for his seventh game this season with at least three made three-pointers.
• Scored 14 first-half points while hitting all three of his three-pointers.
• Logged a season-high five assists. Three of Curry’s assists set up Ryan Kelly three-pointers in the first half.
• Drew his 14th straight start and scored a season-high 22 points despite playing only 18 minutes. Kelly fouled out with 7:20 remaining in the game.
• Knocked down a career-high five three-pointers on seven attempts. The five treys are tied for the most by a Duke player this season, matching Seth Curry’s five treys against Temple on Dec. 9.
• Increased his career scoring total to 842, needing 158 more points to reach 1,000 for his career. With an average of 13.5 points per game this season, Kelly is on pace to reach that mark before the conclusion of the regular season.
• Extended a streak of eight consecutive games with a three-pointer and a three-point shooting percentage of at least .500. Kelly is shooting .655 (19-of-29) from three-point range and averaging 14.8 points per game during that tear.
• Scored 13 of Duke’s first 19 points, shooting 3-of-4 from three-point range and a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Kelly scored a team-high 17 points in the first half, finishing 4-of-6 from three-point range in the opening frame.
• Notched his 12th double-figure scoring game of the season and 39th of his career. Duke is 38-1 when Kelly scores in double figures.
• Kelly has made 90 career three-pointers, putting him within 10 treys of becoming only the second player 6-10 or taller in school history with 100 made three-pointers (Danny Ferry).
• Added his team-leading 25th block of the season. Kelly has a block in 11 consecutive games and multiple blocks in a team-high seven games.
• Scored his first career points, sinking a layup at the 10:39 mark in the second half.
• Played a career-high seven minutes while also adding his second career block.
• Recorded his ACC-leading ninth double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
• Increased his career rebound total to 884. Plumlee needs just 116 more rebounds to become the ninth player in school history with 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds and the third with 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 150 blocks.
• Recorded his 103rd career victory at Duke. Plumlee has led Duke to a 102-17 (.857) record in games he has played.
• Notched his 15th consecutive double-figure scoring game. It was Plumlee’s 47th double-figure scoring game at Duke. The Blue Devils are 42-5 when Plumlee scores 10 or more points.
• Hit 5-of-8 shots from the floor, giving him a shooting percentage of .500 or better in 17 consecutive games.
• Scored 11 points in the second half, giving him double-digit scoring in 15 of Duke’s 28 halves this season and at least one double-figure scoring half in 12 of Duke’s 14 games.
• Hauled in double-digit rebounds for the ninth time this season and the fifth time in Duke’s past seven games.
• Earned his 14th consecutive start and contributed 12 points three rebounds and a pair of steals. It was Sulaimon’s 10th double-figure scoring game this season.
• Played at least 25 minutes for the 14th straight game.
• Broke out of a shooting slump by hitting 5-of-11 shots from the floor, which were more made field goals than he had in the two prior games combined (3). Sulaimon shot 50 percent (2-of-4) from three-point range for his seventh game with multiple three-pointers.