Courtesy: Duke Sports Information Release: 01/26/2013
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Duke 84, Maryland 64
• Duke played its 247th game as the No. 1 team in the nation. Duke is 214-33 (.866) when ranked No. 1 in the country. Duke has played nine games as the nation’s No. 1 team this season (7-2).
• Duke played its 195th straight game as a top-10 team. The Blue Devils are 163-32 (.836) during that span.
• Duke improved to 11-0 at home this season. The Blue Devils are 795-153 (.839) all-time in Cameron Indoor Stadium and 437-57 (.885) at home under head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
• Duke won its sixth straight game against Maryland and 12th time in the last 13 meetings. Duke is 113-61 (.649) all-time against Maryland, including a 54-21 (.720) mark under Coach K. The win was also Duke’s 100th against Maryland in the regular season (100-56, .641).
• Duke improved to 16-1 since the 2009-10 season in games following a loss. The Blue Devils have lost back-to-back games just once (last two games of the 2011-12 season) over the past four seasons.
• Duke started two freshmen – Amile Jefferson and Rasheed Sulaimon – for the second straight game. The last time Duke started a pair of freshmen in back-to-back games was Jan. 12 & Jan. 15, 2012 against Virginia and Clemson when Quinn Cook and Austin Rivers started together in consecutive games.
• Freshman Amile Jefferson and Rasheed Sulaimon combined to score 36 points for Duke’s most by a freshman duo since Quinn Cook (16 points) and Austin Rivers (20 points) combined for 36 points on Dec. 30, 2011. It was the most combined points by a Duke freshman duo in an ACC game since Kyle Singler (17 points) and Nolan Smith (21 points) combined for 38 points against Wake Forest on Feb. 17, 2008.
• Duke trailed 13-12 early in the first half, but Rasheed Sulaimon keyed a 15-5 run by scoring 13 points in a span of 3:29. Sulaimon hit four straight three-pointers during the run, converting one into a four-point play after drawing a foul. Duke never trailed for the remainder of the game.
• All five Duke starters scored in double figures for the third time this season. Duke starters average an NCAA-leading 67.2 points per game on the season, or 85.9 percent of the team total.
• Duke’s bench did not score until Josh Hairston hit a layup with 13:21 remaining in the game to extend Duke’s lead to 58-46. The bench contributed five points.
• Duke did not commit a single turnover in the second half. The Blue Devils had just four turnovers for the game and gave the ball away on just 6.2 percent of their possessions. Duke forced 14 Maryland turnovers, doing so on 21.5 percent of the Terps’ possessions.
• Duke logged 18 assists to four turnovers for a season-high 4.5:1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
• Duke’s 43 points in the first half were the most in an opening frame since the 80-62 win over Wake Forest on Jan. 13, 2013 and the third most first-half points all season behind only the 52-point effort against Florida Gulf Coast and the 46-point showing against Temple.
• The Blue Devils shot 7-of-10 from three-point range in the first half for their highest three-point shooting percentage in a half of the season (minimum eight attempts). Rasheed Sulaimon was a perfect 5-of-5 in the opening frame.
• Duke shot 50.0 percent (11-of-22) from three-point range, marking the sixth time this season that the Blue Devils have shot 50.0 percent or better from beyond the arc. Duke leads the ACC with a .411 three-point shooting percentage and 7.8 made three-pointers per game.
• Duke assisted on 54.5 percent of its baskets. The Blue Devils have assisted on 56.2 percent of their baskets this season, the fourth-best mark in the ACC.
• Earned his 17th straight start and scored 11 points with nine assists. Cook played all but final 12 seconds of the game.
• Delivered at least five assists for the 12th time this season and improved his season assist average to 6.2 per game. With an average of 11.1 points per game, Cook is on pace to become only the fifth player in school history to average at least 6.0 assists and 10.0 points per game (Dick Groat, Bobby Hurley, Jason Williams and Chris Duhon).
• Cook’s nine assists led directly to 20 points, including a pair of three-pointers by Rasheed Sulaimon.
• Committed just two turnovers in nearly 40 minutes of play. Cook has two or fewer turnovers in 11 of his last 12 games and owns a 4.05:1 assist-to-turnover ratio during that span.
• Scored in double figures for the 13th time this season, finishing with 13 points. Curry hit three-three-pointers while also contributing two steals and four rebounds.
• Scored eight points in the second half, hitting 2-of-6 three-pointers during that span.
• Hit at least three three-pointers for the 10th time this season and for the third time in Duke’s last four games. Curry is shooting .560 (14-of-25) from three-point range during that span.
• Drew his second straight start and scored in double figures for the third time in Duke’s last four games. Since Ryan Kelly went down with a foot injury prior to the N.C. State game on Jan. 12, Jefferson is averaging 23.0 minutes per game, 10.0 points per game, 7.0 rebounds per game and 1.8 blocks per game.
• Set a career high by recording all three of Duke’s blocks.
• Five of Jefferson’s nine rebounds came on the offensive glass. He averages 4.0 offensive rebounds per game over his last four outings.
• Led Duke in rebounding for the first time in his career, snapping a streak of 16 consecutive games in which Mason Plumlee led the team in rebounding.
• Scored 19 points, his most in a game since scoring 22 against Santa Clara on Dec. 29, 2012. Plumlee also added seven rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals while shooting .750 (9-of-12) from the floor.
• Scored in double figures against Maryland for the fifth straight game. Plumlee averages 11.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in eight career outings against the Terps.
• Scored in double figures for the 18th time in Duke’s 19 games. Plumlee ranks second in the ACC with 17.4 points per game.
• Exploded for 15 points in the second half, sinking 7-of-9 field goal attempts during that span.
• Increased his career rebound total to 939. Plumlee needs just 61 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.
• Tied the Duke freshman record by hitting six three-pointers, matching a mark held by six others, the last of which was Andre Dawkins against Radford on Nov. 21, 2009. Sulaimon hit his first six three-pointers of the game and finished 6-of-8 (.750) from three-point range.
• Sulaimon’s .750 (6-of-8) three-point shooting percentage tied for the seventh-best single-game mark by a Duke freshman, matching the 6-of-8 performance by Andre Dawkins against Radford on Nov. 21, 2009.
• Scored a career-high 25 points and led Duke in scoring for the second straight game.
• Converted his first career four-point play, drawing a foul on a made three-pointer and sinking the ensuing free throw.
• Scored in double figures for the third straight game and the 13th time this season. Since Sulaimon’s first game out of the starting lineup on Jan. 17 versus Georgia Tech, he is averaging 18.7 points per game while shooting .600 (18-of-30) from the floor and .611 (11-of-18) from three-point range.