Duke vs. Georgia Tech
Jan. 7, 2014 • 7 p.m.
Durham, N.C. • Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
ESPNU • Blue Devil IMG Sports Network
The Opening Tip
• Duke hosts Georgia Tech in Cameron Indoor Stadium Tuesday for the ACC home opener. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. on ESPNU.
• Duke has won six straight ACC home openers. Duke’s last loss in an ACC home opener came against Virginia Tech, 69-67, on Jan. 6, 2007.
• Duke is ranked No. 16 in the Associated Press and No. 13 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The Blue Devils are 10-9 all-time when ranked No. 16 in the AP Poll.
• For the first time since Nov. 19, 2007, Duke is ranked outside the AP Top 10. Duke played 225 consecutive games and spent 122 straight weeks in the top 10 before falling to No. 16 in Monday’s poll. Duke went 186-39 (.827) during that run for the second longest top-10 streak in NCAA history.
• Saturday’s loss at Notre Dame snapped Duke’s five-game winning streak. All five wins were by double figures with Duke owning a +21.4 scoring margin in that span.
The Last Time Out
• Duke fell 79-77 in the ACC opener against Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. The loss was Duke’s first in an ACC opener since Jan. 6, 2007 and the program’s first to an ACC newcomer in the new league opponent’s conference debut.
• Quinn Cook and Rodney Hood combined for 49 points and both topped the 20-point plateau for Duke. Hood led the way with 27 points, shooting 8-of-17 from the field and 5-of-10 from three-point range, while Cook totaled 22 points with four assists.
• A 19-point, 11-assist effort from Notre Dame guard Eric Atkins was enough to key the Fighting Irish to victory, however, as Notre Dame overcame a 10-point second-half deficit with a 20-5 run.
• Notre Dame shot 50.0 percent (6-of-12) from three-point range for the highest three-point percentage against Duke this season. No team had shot over 40.0 percent against the Blue Devils prior to Saturday’s loss.
By The Numbers
• Duke leads the ACC in scoring (84.6 ppg.) and field goal percentage (.496). The Blue Devils have scored 80 or more points 10 times, while shooting 50 percent or better from the field on six occasions.
• Duke has lost back-to-back games just once since the start of the 2009-10 season. The Blue Devils are 21-1 in games following a loss during that span with the only consecutive losses coming in the 2012 ACC and NCAA Tournaments.
• Duke’s 79-77 loss to Mike Brey-led Notre Dame Saturday marked the first time head coach Mike Krzyzewski has lost to one of his former assistant coaches. Krzyzewski is 18-1 all-time against his former assistants.
• Jabari Parker opened his collegiate career with 13 consecutive double-figure scoring games before finishing with seven points against Notre Dame Saturday. That streak is the third longest to start a career in Duke history, trailing only the 23 double-figure scoring games by Johnny Dawkins (1982-83) and the 16 by Elton Brand (1997-98).
• Parker has scored 20 or more points in 10 of Duke’s 14 contests. The 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 leads the ACC with a .492 (31-of-63) three-point shooting percentage. He is averaging 9.3 points in just 14.2 minutes per game. Dawkins is shooting .523 (23-of-44) from three-point range in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• Quinn Cook has recorded two or more steals in each of the last six games and ranks sixth in the ACC at 1.9 steals per game. Cook has 18 steals in the last four games with a career-high eight thefts against UCLA.
• Rodney Hood is fifth in the ACC in scoring (17.9 ppg), fifth in field goal percentage (.519) and eighth in free throw percentage (.847). Hood is the only player to rank in the top 10 in all three categories.
• Amile Jefferson has led Duke in rebounding in four of the past six games and is averaging 8.7 boards per game during that stretch. Jefferson leads Duke with 33 offensive rebounds this season and has multiple offensive rebounds in five straight games.
• Duke is allowing just 65.0 points per game since Tyler Thornton and Josh Hairston were inserted into the starting lineup eight games ago. The Blue Devils allowed the opposition to average 75.7 points per game during the first six games of the season.