Duke vs. Gardner-Webb Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 • 7 p.m. Durham, N.C. • Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314) ESPNU • Blue Devil IMG Sports Network
The Opening Tip • Duke returns from a 12-day break between games to host Gardner-Webb at Cameron Indoor Stadium Monday, Dec. 16. • The Blue Devils are seeking their 100th consecutive home win over an unranked non-conference opponent. Duke has won 107 straight games overall at Cameron Indoor Stadium against non-conference opponents. • Duke is ranked No. 8 in both the AP Poll and No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The Blue Devils are 73-17 all-time when ranked No. 8 in the AP Poll. • The Blue Devils are playing their 221st straight game as a top-10 team in the AP poll. Duke is 182-38 (.827) in that span. • Jabari Parker has scored 15 or more points in all nine games this season with an ACC-leading seven 20+ point efforts. Parker is second in the ACC and 15th nationally in scoring at 22.1 ppg.
The Last Time Out • Duke defeated No. 22 Michigan, 79-69, Dec. 3 to improve to 13-2 all-time in Big Ten/ACC Challenge contests. • The Blue Devils extended their non-conference home win streak to 107 consecutive games with the victory. • Quinn Cook led the team with 24 points and nine assists. He also added four rebounds and two steals in 37 minutes of action. • Cook scored all 24 points in the second half of play, going 6-of-8 from the field and 10-of-10 from the foul line. • Jabari Parker added 15 points and six rebounds, while Rodney Hood posted 14 points, five rebounds and two assists. • Duke shot 50.0 percent (28-of-56) from the field in the game, including 60.0 percent (15-of-25) over the final 20 minutes of play. • The Blue Devils held Michigan leading scorer Nick Stauskas to four points for the game.
By The Numbers • The Blue Devils have won 21 consecutive games against teams currently in the Big South Conference. Duke has not lost to a team currently in the Big South Conference since falling to VMI, 32-31 in overtime, on Feb. 17, 1937. • Duke is 177-26 under Mike Krzyzewski in the month of December. The Blue Devils have won 21 straight games in the month with the last loss coming to Wisconsin, 73-69, on Dec. 2, 2009. • Duke has not lost a December home game since falling to Michigan, 62-61, on Dec. 8, 1996. The Blue Devils have won 61 straight December games at Cameron Indoor Stadium since that loss. • The Blue Devils have won an NCAA-best 107 consecutive non-conference home games. Duke has defeated seven ranked non-conference teams at home during that streak, including No. 22 Michigan on Dec. 3 in its last outing. • Duke has won 22 consecutive home games, tied for the second-longest streak in the NCAA. The Blue Devils are four wins shy of cracking the top 5 home winning streaks in program history. • Jabari Parker (22.1 ppg.) and Rodney Hood (19.3 ppg.) are the top scoring tandem in the ACC (second in the NCAA) at 41.4 points per game. The duo combines to generate 48.1 percent of Duke’s scoring on the year. • Junior Quinn Cook has scored in double-figures in a career-best six straight games. He is one of three players in the NCAA currently averaging at least 10.0 points and 6.0 assists per game with a 3.5:1 assist-to-turnover ratio or better. • Duke has had a 20-point scorer in each of the first nine games this season. Jabari Parker has collected an ACC-best seven 20-point games, while Rodney Hood is tied for fifth in the league with five 20-point efforts. • Since seniors Josh Hairston and Tyler Thornton joined the starting rotation prior to the Alabama game, Duke has lowered its scoring defense by 7.2 points per game. The Blue Devils have forced 44 turnovers in the last three contests. • Duke is shooting 79.4 percent from the free throw line over the last five contests. Quinn Cook is 18-of-18 from the line, while Rodney Hood is 26-of-29 (.897) during that stretch. • Jabari Parker is attempting to become the first Duke freshman since Jason Williams (1999-2000) to score in double figures in Duke’s first 10 games of the season. Williams opened his career with 12 consecutive double-figure scoring games.