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Duke Set For Faceoff Against Top-Ranked Tar Heels
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Game 16
No. 5 Duke at No. 1 North Carolina
ACC Tournament Semifinal
April 26, 2013 l 7:30 p.m. l ESPNU
Chapel Hill, N.C. l Kenan Stadium

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Setting the Scene
• Duke opens ACC Tournament play Friday night as the No. 3 seed against top-ranked and second-seeded North Carolina
• The Blue Devils’ nine-game win streak is the longest active streak in the nation
• North Carolina moved into the top spot in the polls this week, thanks to a Denver loss and a seven-game win streak of its own
• Duke defeated the Tar Heels, 11-8, during the regular season

The Series History
• Duke and North Carolina will meet for the 69th time overall and for the 13th time in the ACC Tournament
• The Tar Heels lead the series 38-30, while Duke holds an 8-4 advantage in the ACC Tournament

Duke by the Numbers
8-4 – Duke’s all-time record against North Carolina in the ACC Tournament
4-0 – Blue Devils’ mark versus UNC in the ACC Tournament since 2007
.705 –  Junior Brendan Fowler’s faceoff win percentage in the fourth quarter this season
.574 – Duke’s win percentage at the faceoff X in the first half this season
.677– Duke’s second half win percentage at the faceoff X this season
+149 – Duke’s advantage in ground balls against opponents this season
103 - Career goals by junior attackman Jordan Wolf, one of just 15 Blue Devils to amass 100 career scores and just 10 shy of moving into the top 10
18-2 – John Danowski’s record against North Carolina in his 31 seasons of coaching
66.7 – Percentage of times senior David Lawson scores when putting a shot on goal this season
37 - Points by rookie Case Matheis, the most by a freshman in the ACC
8.06 – Assists per game for Duke, second nationally behind Albany’s 9.23
7 – ACC Championships for Duke

Duke Trio Collects All-ACC Honors
The trio of Brendan Fowler, David Lawson and Jordan Wolf were among the 11 players selected to the All-ACC Team in a vote of the league’s coaches ... Fowler and Lawson pick up their first All-ACC awards, while Wolf garners his third straight ... Wolf is the eighth Blue Devil to earn at least three All-ACC awards and the first to do so in each of his first three seasons.

Duke in the ACC Tournament

Overall Record

School

W

L

Pct.

For

Opp

Duke

20

16

0.556

375

367

Record by Round
Semis: 13-10 l Finals: 7-6 l Overall: 20-16

Record by Seed
No. 1: 9-3 l No. 2: 7-2 l No. 3: 0-3 l No. 4: 4-8

Series Record
vs. Maryland: 6-5 l vs. North Carolina: 8-4 l vs. Virginia: 6-7

The Streak Continues
Duke cruised past Rutgers 16-7 to push its win streak to nine games ... The Blue Devils have not lost since a setback to Maryland March 2 ... The nine-game win streak is the longest active win streak in the nation.

School

Streak

Up Next

Duke

9-0

at UNC (4/26)

Penn State

8-0

at Hofstra (4/27)

North Carolina

7-0

Duke (4/26)

A Win Over North Carolina Would
• Make Duke 170-171 all-time in April
• Give head coach John Danowski his 326th career victory and 107th at Duke
• Be the program’s 495th victory
• Be Duke’s 130th win since 2005
• Launch Duke into the ACC Championship game for the 14th time in program history
• Make Duke 21-16 in ACC Tournament action
• Be Duke’s first win as the No. 3 seed in ACC Tournament history

Scouting North Carolina
North Carolina, ranked No. 1 in the most recent USILA poll, enters the ACC Tournament as the No. 2 seed and riding a seven-game win streak ... The Tar Heels are 10-3 overall and have wins over ranked foes Maryland, Princeton, Johns Hopkins, and Fairfield ... Marcus Holman paces the offense with a league-high 62 points (32g, 30a), while Joey Sankey has 32 goals and 11 assists ... Jimmy Bitter has added 41 points (24g, 17a) ... Kieran McDonald is tops on the team in caused turnovers with 23 and has picked up 50 ground balls ... Overall, North Carolina is allowing just 9.13 goals per game to rank 19th nationally in scoring defense ... R.G. Keenan headlines the faceoff game, winning 149-of-271 draws (.551) with 85 ground balls ... In goal, Kieran Burke has been outstanding with nearly 12 saves per game, a 9.37 goals against average and a .565 save percentage.

Last Time We Met
Brendan Fowler won all five faceoffs in the third quarter as Duke outscored the Tar Heels 3-1 in the fourth quarter for an 11-8 win in Chapel Hill ... Jordan Wolf led all Blue Devils with three goals and an assist, while Fowler won 17-of-23 faceoffs and picked up 13 ground balls ... Josh Offit added two goals, including a crucial fourth-quarter score ... In goal, Kyle Turri made eight saves on 16 shots faced ... Marcus Holman had four points for the Tar Heels. 
 
Duke’s Second Half Faceoff Game
Led by junior Brendan Fowler at the faceoff X, Duke currently ranks fourth nationally in faceoff percentage (.624) with Fowler ranking third ... Most importantly, Duke gets stronger at the draw as the game goes on ... The Blue Devils win 57 percent of draws in the first half ... That rises to 68 percent in the second half, including 71 percent in the third quarter.

Duke

1Qtr.

2Qtr.

3Qtr.

4Qtr.

W-Total FO

58-107

59-97

67-95

67-103

Pct.

0.542

0.608

0.705

0.65

         

Fowler

1Qtr.

2Qtr.

3Qtr.

4Qtr.

W-Total FO

55-100

58-95

63-86

55-77

Pct.

0.55

0.611

0.733

0.714

Recent ACC History
Duke has launched itself to the top of the ACC since 2001, winning six league titles and sporting a .672 winning percentage.

ACC – 2001-12

 

 

 

 

 

Team

ACCRS

ACCT

NCAAT

Total

Champ

Duke

23-15

15-5

5-3

43-21

6

UVA

21-17

9-9

3-1

33-27

3

MD

21-18

9-9

3-4

33-31

3

UNC

10-27

2-12

0-4

16711

0

           

ACC – 2005-12

 

 

 

 

 

Team

ACCRS

ACCT

NCAAT

Total

Champ

Duke

20-6

10-2

5-2

35-10

4

UVA

14-12

5-6

1-1

20-19

2

MD

13-14

6-6

1-2

22-23

2

UNC

6-20

2-8

0-3

8-31

0

Duke Offense On A Hot Streak
After starting the year 2-4, Duke has won nine straight and done so in high-scoring fashion ... The Blue Devils have outscored their opponents 134-78 in the nine games and are shooting .335 percent in that stretch ... Duke has scored 11-plus goals in eight of the nine wins and 16-plus in five of those ... Rookie Case Matheis and junior Josh Dionne are starting to hit their strides at attack with 17 and 21 goals, respectively and 58 points total, while junior Jordan Wolf maintains his pace with 36 points from 25 goals and 11 assists.

On The Road
Since 2007, the Blue Devils are 20-6 in games played on an opponent’s campus ... Duke will be playing its fifth true road game this year ... The Blue Devils are 3-1 overall this season with the lone loss coming at Penn ... Duke is 18-11 all-time against the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill and is 3-1 in ACC Tournament games against UNC in Chapel Hill.

Against Ranked Opponents
Since 2006, Duke has amassed a 72-30 (.706) record versus ranked opponents ... Duke is 2-4 so far in 2013 against currently ranked opponents, falling to No. 4 Denver, No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 1 Maryland and No. 14 Penn and beating No. 6 Loyola and No. 3 North Carolina.

Versus No. 1 since 2007
Duke has played a top-ranked squad eight times since head coach John Danowski took over the reins in 2007 ... The Blue Devils are 5-3 in that span with four of those wins coming against Virginia.

Duke vs . No. 1

3/20/2007

Cornell

L, 6-7

5/26/2007

vs. Cornell %

W, 12-11

4/11/2009

Virginia

W, 15-10

4/24/2009

vs. Virginia +

W, 16-5

4/17/2010

at Virginia

W, 13-9

4/3/2011

vs. Syracuse

L, 11-13

4/13/2012

at Virginia

W, 13-5

3/2/2013

vs. Maryland

L, 7-16


% NCAA Tournament, + ACC Tournament

Wolf Reaches 100 Career Goals Mark
With five tallies in the win over Rutgers, Wolf joined the small fraternity of Duke players who have 100 career goals ... Wolf became the 15th Blue Devil to reach the milestone and currently has 103 ... He currently leads all Division I juniors in goals and ranks 14th among all active players ...  The most recent player to register 100-plus goals was Zach Howell, who finished with 134 ... Wolf is 10 shy of climbing into the top 10, while Zack Greer holds the all-time Duke record with 206.

Lawson Is A Tough Shot To Stop
When David Lawson puts his shot on goal it has been hard to stop this season ... The senior midfielder has 24 goals on 36 shots on goal this season ... When putting the ball on frame, he is scoring 67 percent of the time ... Overall, he is hitting the cage with 47 percent of his shots.

Fowler Leads Faceoff Game
Junior Brendan Fowler has been outstanding at the X in his first season as the full-time draw man ... Fowler has won at least 10 draws in 14 of 15 games this season and won 74 percent of the restarts in the regular season meeting with North Carolina ... He owns a 65.1 percent success rate at the draw ... Fowler is one of 18 faceoff guys in Division I lacrosse to win at least 20 restarts in a game this season.

Sunday Championship Info

The winner of the game advances to the ACC Championship set for Sunday, April 28 at 1 p.m. on ESPNU.


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