Duke vs. Elon Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 • 1 p.m. Greensboro, N.C. • Greensboro Coliseum (23,300) ESPNU • Blue Devil IMG Sports Network
The Opening Tip • Duke travels to Greensboro, N.C. to face Elon Tuesday, Dec. 31. Tip-off is set for 1:00 p.m. on ESPNU. • Duke is ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press and No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The Blue Devils are 78-21 all-time when ranked No. 7 in the AP Poll. • The Blue Devils are playing their 224th straight game as a top-10 team in the AP poll. Duke is 185-38 (.830) in that span. • Duke has had a 20-point scorer in all 12 games this season with Jabari Parker recording an ACC-best 10 20-point efforts. • The Blue Devils have won 24 straight games in the month of December with the last loss coming to Wisconsin, 73-69, on Dec. 2, 2009. Duke is 179-26 under Mike Krzyzewski in the month. • Duke is 42-11 under Mike Krzyzewski at the Greensboro Coliseum.
The Last Time Out • Duke returned from an eight-day layoff to post an 82-59 home win over Eastern Michigan Dec. 28. • Jabari Parker scored 23 points, while adding eight rebounds and two blocks. Parker led the Blue Devils in scoring for the eighth time in the win. • Andre Dawkins knocked down 6-of-10 three-point attempts and finished with 20 points against the Eagles, while Amile Jefferson came off the bench to contribute seven points and a career-best 14 rebounds. • Rasheed Sulaimon led all bench scorers with 13 points as Duke’s reserves outscored Eastern Michigan’s 34-19 in the contest. • Duke collected a season-high 47 rebounds, including 20 offensive boards. The Blue Devils held a decisive 47-32 rebounding edge with Jefferson, Parker and Rodney Hood combining for 30 rebounds. • Duke’s defense limited the Eagles to 37.5 percent (21-of-56) shooting in the contest.
By The Numbers • The Blue Devils have won 52 consecutive games against teams currently in the Southern Conference. Mike Krzyzewski is 52-2 all-time at Duke versus the SoCon. • Duke has had a 20-point scorer in every game this season. The last time Duke started a season with a 20-point scorer in its first 12 games was 2000-01 when the Blue Devils had a 20-point scorer in 17 straight games to start the season. • Jabari Parker has scored 20 or more points in 10 of Duke’s 12 contests. His 10 20-point games are tied for the second-most by a Duke freshman. Gene Banks (1977-78) holds the school freshman record with 11 games of 20 or more points scored. • Andre Dawkins is averaging 9.1 points in just 13.4 minutes per game. He ranks second in the ACC in three-point percentage (.481) and seventh in three-point field goals (2.3 3pg.). Dawkins ranks second on the team in points per 40 minutes played (27.2 ppg.). • Amile Jefferson is averaging 7.0 points, 9.3 rebounds (3.5 orpg.) and 1.3 blocks per game over the last four contests. He has a pair of double-figure rebounding games in that span including a career-high 14 boards in the win over Eastern Michigan. • Quinn Cook has recorded two or more steals in each of the last four games and is now tied for fifth in the ACC at 1.8 steals per game. Cook has 13 steals in the last two games with a career-high eight thefts against UCLA. • Duke leads the ACC in scoring (85.2 ppg.) and field goal percentage (.504). The Blue Devils have scored 80 or more points nine times, while shooting 50 percent or better from the field on six occasions. • Rodney Hood is third in the ACC in field goal percentage (.543), tied for sixth in scorig (17.6 ppg.) and seventh in free throw percentage (.850). Hood and K.J. McDaniels (Clemson) are the only players to rank in the top 10 in all three categories. • Jabari Parker (22.2 ppg.) and Rodney Hood (17.6 ppg.) are the top scoring tandem in the ACC (third in the NCAA) at 39.8 points per game. Either Parker or Hood have led the Blue Devils in scoring in 11 of the first 12 games this season. • Duke is allowing just 65.5 points per game since Tyler Thornton and Josh Hairston were inserted into the starting lineup five games ago. The Blue Devils allowed the opposition to average 75.7 points per game over the first six games of the season.