Duke vs. Kansas State Farm Champions Classic Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 (10:00 p.m.) ESPN • Blue Devil IMG Sports Network • ESPN Radio Chicago, Ill. • United Center (20,917)
The Opening Tip • Duke faces Kansas at the United Center in Chicago in the State Farm Champions Classic. The Blue Devils are 2-0 in the event with wins over Michigan State (2011) and Kentucky (2012). • Duke is ranked No. 4 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches’ Polls. The Blue Devils are 55-11 all-time when ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll. Kansas enters the game ranked No. 5 in the AP Poll and No. 6 in the Coaches’ Poll. • The Blue Devils are 23-12 under Coach K in matchups between top five teams in the AP Poll. Duke has won its last three games against top five teams when it has been ranked in the top five as well. • Duke has been ranked in the top 25 of the AP Poll an NCAA-best 117 straight weeks. Kansas is second overall with 85 consecutive weeks ranked in the AP Poll.
The Last Time Out • Duke opened the season with a decisive 111-77 home win over Davidson Nov. 8. The Blue Devils shot 70.4 percent from the field and knocked down 13 three-point field goals in the win. • Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker paced the Blue Devils with 22 points apiece, while Quinn Cook (21) and Rasheed Sulaimon (20) also topped the 20-point plateau. • Sophomore Amile Jefferson added 10 points to give Duke five double-figure scorers. • Cook knocked down three three-point field goals and also had eight assists with no turnovers in the win over the Wildcats. • Hood went 9-of-10 from the field in his Duke debut and also added a team-high nine rebounds and two blocks. • Parker made his first five shots of the game and had 16 points in the opening half of play.
By The Numbers • Duke, ranked No. 4 in the AP Preseason Poll, has been ranked in the top 10 of the AP Poll for 114 consecutive weeks. The last time Duke was not ranked in the top 10 was Nov. 19, 2007. • The Blue Devils are playing their 214th straight game as a top-10 team in the AP poll. Duke is 177-36 (.831) in that span. • For the first time in school history Duke had four 20-point scorers in its season opening win over Davidson. Jabari Parker (22), Rodney Hood (22), Quinn Cook (21) and Rasheed Sulaimon (20) combined for 85 of Duke’s 111 points. • After shooting just 25.0 percent (13-of-52) from three-point range in exhibition play, Duke went 13-of-21 (.619) from behind the three-point arc in the season opener. Jabari Parker knocked down all three of his three-point attempts, while Rasheed Sulaimon and Quinn Cook also made three three-pointers each. • Duke’s starting lineup of Quinn Cook, Tyler Thornton, Amile Jefferson, Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood combined to score 81 points on 28-of-36 (.778) shooting against Davidson. • Mike Krzyzewski has led the Blue Devils to 17 consecutive seasons with 20 or more wins, the longest active streak in the NCAA. • Jabari Parker scored 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting in his Duke debut to become the fifth Blue Devil freshman under Coach K to score 20 or more points in a season opener. Shavlik Randolph set the Duke rookie standard with 23 points in a 101-53 win over Army (Nov. 23, 2002). • Sophomore Rasheed Sulaimon came off the Duke bench to score 20 points against Davidson.He went 3-of-4 from three-point range and also matched a career-high with seven rebounds in the victory. • Highly-touted newcomers Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker combined for 44 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and one steal in their Duke debuts. The duo was 17-of-20 (.850) from the floor, including 5-of-5 from three-point range in the win. • Duke had 16 assists and just four turnovers in the season opener. Blue Devil guards combined for 12 assists with no turnovers in the contest. Quinn Cook anchored the attack with eight assists and no turnovers to improve his career assist-to-turnover ratio to 2.66:1.