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Notes: Duke 73, North Carolina 68
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Release: 02/13/2013
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Duke 73, North Carolina 68

Team Notes:

•    Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski tied Adolph Rupp for the third-most victories at one school. Krzyzewski is 876-234 (.789) all-time as Duke’s head coach. Dean Smith is second with 879 wins, and Jim Boeheim is first with 909 victories.
•    Coach K improved to 38-37 against North Carolina as Duke’s head coach.
•    Duke improved to 41-35 against North Carolina in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
•    Duke played its 200th straight game as a top-10 team (168-32, .840). Duke improved to 114-16 (.877) when ranked No. 2 in the AP Poll.
•    Duke started 22-2 for the ninth time in school history and seventh time under Coach K. Only the 2005-06, 2001-02 and 1998-99 Duke teams (23-1) started a season better.
•    Duke improved to 13-0 in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke has won its first 13 games in Cameron in five of the last six seasons.
•    Duke’s winning streak improved to six games.
•    The win was Duke’s 19th consecutive over an unranked opponent.
•    North Carolina entered the game as the ACC’s highest scoring offense with 78.3 points per game, but Duke became just the seventh team to hold the Tar Heels under 70 points this season.
•    Duke drastically improved its shooting in the second half. Duke shot 38.7 percent from the field in the first half and 52.0 percent in the second. Duke shot 25.0 percent from three-point range in the first half and 41.7 percent in the second. From the free throw line, Duke shot 66.7 percent in the first half and 92.9 percent in the second half.
•    Duke hit 13 consecutive free throws in the second half and shot 13-of-14 from the foul line in that half.
•    Trailing 38-31 at the 17:53 mark in the first half, Duke went on a 16-5 run to take the lead for good. Guards Quinn Cook, Seth Curry, Rasheed Sulaimon and Tyler Thornton combined for 14 of those 16 points during the run. Duke hit 6-of-7 shots in that span, including four straight baskets.
•    Duke hit three straight three-pointers as part of an 11-4 run in the second half to turn a 41-39 deficit into a 50-45 lead. Duke had shot just 2-of-8 from three-point range prior to that offensive surge. Seth Curry, Rasheed Sulaimon and Tyler Thornton hit the back-to-back-to-back treys.
•    As part of its go-ahead run in the second half, Duke held North Carolina scoreless for a span of 4:51. The Tar Heels missed five straight field goals and committed two turnovers during that span.
•    Duke did not record its first assist until the 5:04 mark in the first half. The Blue Devils shot 8-of-25 (.320) from the field to that point in the game before Quinn Cook found Seth Curry for an open jump shot. Duke had just three assists in the first half, the third-fewest in a half this season. Duke finished with nine assists for the game, marking only the second time all season Duke has failed to record at least 10 assists.
•    Both Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee had four fouls with 4:33 remaining in the game and Duke leading 59-53. With 1:15 remaining in the game and Duke leading 65-57, the Blue Devils had four players on the floor that each had four fouls, including Curry and Plumlee. None of those four fouled out.
•    Quinn Cook and Seth Curry combined to grab 11 rebounds. Cook had six boards while Curry finished with five.
•    The starting five combined for 62 of Duke’s 73 points. Duke’s starters average an NCAA-leading 67.8 points per game, or 86.9 percent of the team total.
•    Duke gave up just eight assists, marking the 14th time this season that the Blue Devils have held their opponent 10 or fewer assists. Duke opponents are assisting on just 38.5 percent of their made field goals this season.

Player Notes:

Quinn Cook
•    Played all 20 minutes in the second half, committing just one turnover to direct the 44-point second half that propelled Duke to the come-from-behind win.
•    Earned his 22nd straight start and scored in double figures for the 14th time this season, contributing 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting.
•    Carded four steals, falling one shy of his career high. Cook has three or more steals in a game six times this season and leads the team with 40.
•    Finished with more turnovers (5) than assists (2) for only the second time in his Duke career, doing so in the second straight game.

Seth Curry
•    Strung together his sixth straight double-digit scoring game with 11 points.
•    Scored in double figures for the 18th time this season and the 56th time in his Duke career. Duke is 17-1 this season and 50-6 all-time when Curry scores in double figures. Curry has scored in double figures in eight of the last 10 games.
•    Scored in double figures for the sixth straight game against North Carolina. Curry has scored at least 10 points in every game he has played in against the Tar Heels and averages 15.2 points per game in the series.
•    Grabbed five rebounds, including two offensive boards.
•    Moved into 46th on Duke’s all-time scoring list with 1,162 career points, passing Carroll Youngkin (1,154).

Amile Jefferson
•    Grabbed two defensive rebounds and a steal on three straight North Carolina possessions in the first half. The defensive surge helped Duke extend a two-minute, 43-second scoreless drought for the Tar Heels.
•    Finished with eight rebounds for the game, three of which came on the offensive end.
•    Broke a streak of six consecutive starts. Jefferson still played 20 minutes off the bench.

Mason Plumlee
•    Recorded his 14th double-double of the season, the second most in the ACC. It was Plumlee’s second straight double-double.
•    Scored in double figures for the 22nd time in Duke’s 24 games. Plumlee grabbed double-digit rebounds for the 15th time this season.
•    Picked up his fourth foul of the game with 6:40 remaining but did not commit a foul the rest of the way.
•    Increased his career rebound total to 984. Plumlee needs just 16 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.
•    Hit his last four free throws in the final 2:19 of the game. Plumlee hit 6-of-8 free throws in the game.
•    Broke a streak of 15 consecutive games with an assist.
•    After committing four turnovers in the first half, did not commit a single turnover in the second half.

Rasheed Sulaimon
•    Drew his ninth charge of the season, the second-most on the team.
•    Scored in double figures for the 16th time this season, pouring in 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting.
•    Led the team with five assists. Sulaimon has led the team in assists five times this season.

Tyler Thornton
•    Hit his first three three-pointers of the game. Thornton’s third three-pointer turned a one-possession Duke lead (47-45) into a two-possession lead (50-45).
•    Grabbed two offensive rebounds, both of which led directly to Duke points. Thornton grabbed his first offensive rebound in the second half to reclaim Duke possession and hit a three-pointers nine seconds later. His second offensive rebound set up Josh Hairston for a layup.