Courtesy: Duke Sports Information Release: 01/02/2013
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Duke 67, Davidson 50
• Duke started 13-0 for the eighth time in school history and the seventh time under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils have started 13-0 in two of the past three seasons and four times since the 2000-01 season.
• Duke improved to 211-31 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 187th win when coaching Duke as the No. 1 team in the nation (187-26, .878).
• Duke played its 189th straight game as a top-10 team. The Blue Devils are 159-30 during that span.
• The win was Duke’s 107th since the start of the 2009-10 season. Only Kentucky, Kansas and Ohio State have more wins during that span.
• Duke improved to 89-17 in the all-time series against Davidson, which is the most-played non-conference series in Duke basketball history. Duke’s 106 meetings with the Wildcats are the seventh most against any opponent in Blue Devil history.
• Duke won its sixth neutral-site contest of the season. The Blue Devils have also won neutral-site games in the Georgia Dome versus No. 3 Kentucky (Atlanta, Ga.), Imperial Arena versus Minnesota, VCU and No. 2 Louisville (Nassau, Bahamas), and the Izod Center against Temple (East Rutherford, N.J.).
• Duke shot a season-high 90.1 percent (20-of-22) from the free throw line in the game. It was Duke’s highest free throw percentage in a game since Jan. 25, 2012, when the Blue Devils shot 94.4 percent on 17-of-18 shooting. It was Duke’s highest free throw percentage in a game with at least 20 free throw attempts since March 6, 2010 (22-of-23, .957 vs. North Carolina).
• After entering halftime tied at 29-29, Duke opened the second half on 16-2 run. Duke scored the first 12 points of the half while Davidson did not score until the 13:51 mark for a scoreless streak of 6:58.
• Duke outscored Davidson 38-21 in the second half. The Blue Devils have outscored seven of 13 opponents by 10 or more points in the second half this season.
• The Blue Devils hit their first three three-point attempts in the second half with Tyler Thornton knocking down two and Ryan Kelly hitting the other. Duke shot 5-of-11 from three-point range for the game, marking the third straight contest in which Duke has shot 45.0 percent or better from three-point range. Duke is shooting .523 (23-of-44) from three-point range during that span.
• For the ninth time this season and fourth straight game, Duke held an opponent to fewer than 10 assists. The record for holding opponents to fewer than 10 assists is 17 games, set by the 2009-10 NCAA Championship Duke 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 senior Ryan Kelly with 18 points. Duke has had at least four double-figure scorers 11 times this season and at least three double-figure scorers in every game.
• Duke’s starting five combined to score 57 of the team’s 67 points, or 85.1 percent of the team total. On the season, Duke starters combine to average an NCAA-leading 69.7 points per game, or 87.0 percent of Duke’s total scoring. Duke’s starters have scored at least 75.0 percent of the team’s total points in 12 of 13 games this season.
• Seniors Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee all scored in double figures and combined to score 34 points, or 50.8 percent of the team’s total. It was the first time this season, however, that the trio failed to combine for at least 40 points when all three appeared in the game. The only other time they did not account for 40 points was against Delaware when Curry missed his first career game at Duke. Plumlee and Kelly combined for 36 points that night.
• Earned his 11th straight start and scored in double figures for the seventh time this season and fourth time in last five games. Cook is averaging 12.0 points per game during that stretch.
• Scored seven of his points in the final 3:58, keying an 11-2 Duke run during that stretch by hitting a pair of layups and all three free throws, including the end of a three-point play with 3:58 remaining.
• Registered multiple steals for the eighth time this season and 13th time in his Duke career. Cook had five games with two or more steals in 33 games as a freshman last season and already has eight in 13 games in 2012-13.
• Increased his career scoring total to 976, needing just 24 more points to become the 62nd player in school history to reach the 1,000-point barrier.
• Played 31 minutes for his eighth 30-minute game of the season. Curry is averaging 30.2 minutes per game on the year.
• Drew his 13th straight start and led Duke in scoring for the second time this season. Duke improved to 8-0 when Kelly leads the team in scoring.
• Notched his 11th double-figure scoring game of the season and 38th of his career. Duke is 37-1 when Kelly scores in double figures.
• Hit 3-of-4 three-point attempts for his best three-point shooting percentage of the season. Kelly has hit at least one three-pointer in seven consecutive games which is the second longest such streak of his career. Kelly is shooting .636 (14-of-22) from three-point range over his last seven games.
• Kelly has made 85 career three-pointers, putting him within 15 treys of becoming only the second player 6-10 or taller in school history with 100 made three-pointers (Danny Ferry).
• Saw his consecutive free throw streak end at 12 after missing his second foul shot of the game. Kelly began the streak on Dec. 8 against Temple.
• Added his team-leading 24th block of the season. Kelly has a block in 10 consecutive games and multiple blocks in a team-high seven games.
• Increased his career rebound total to 872. Plumlee needs just 128 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 101st career victory at Duke. Plumlee has led Duke to a 101-17 (.856) record in games he has played.
• Made his 77th overall and 16th consecutive start. Plumlee has started 64 of Duke’s last 67 games.
• Attempted just two field goals in the first half and did not attempt a single free throw to finish with two first-half points. It was a season low for points and field goal attempts in a half for Plumlee and marked only the second time all season that Plumlee went an entire half without attempting a free throw (second half vs. Kentucky).
• Attempted a season-low seven field goals and finished with a season-low 10 points. The 10 points snapped a streak of 13 consecutive games with at least 16 points that dated back to the final game of the 2012 season.
• Notched his 14th consecutive double-figure scoring game. It was Plumlee’s 46th double-figure scoring game at Duke. The Blue Devils are 41-5 when Plumlee scores 10 or more points.
• Hit 4-of-7 shots from the floor, giving him a shooting percentage of .500 or better in 16 consecutive games.
• Earned his 13th consecutive start and contributed eight points, a block and a career-high seven rebounds.
• Hit all six free throws, improving his season free throw percentage to .806 (29-of-36).
• Scored 10 points while playing 24 turnover-free minutes. Duke improved to 15-1 when Thornton scores six or more points in a game.
• Notched his second double-figure scoring game of the season and fifth of his career.
• Knocked down 2-of-3 three-point attempts in the game, both of which came in the second half.