Duke vs. Arizona NIT Season Tip-Off Final November 29, 2013 • 6 p.m. New York, N.Y. • Madison Square Garden (19,812) ESPN • Blue Devil IMG Sports Network • Westwood One
The Opening Tip • Duke takes on Arizona in the finals of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden Friday (6:00 p.m. - ESPN). • The Blue Devils are playing their 220th straight game as a top-10 team in the AP poll. Duke is 182-37 (.831) in that span. • Duke is ranked No. 6 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches’ Polls. The Blue Devils are 113-30 all-time when ranked No. 6 in the AP Poll. • Duke is 28-15 all-time with a 23-7 mark under Mike Krzyzewski at Madison Square Garden. The Blue Devils have won 15 of their last 17 games at MSG. • The Blue Devils have won 27 consecutive regular-season tournament games and are 78-15 in regular-season tournaments under Coach K. • Duke has won 15 straight NIT Season Tip-Off games. Duke’s last Preseason NIT loss came on Nov. 29, 1996 against Indiana.
The Last Time Out • Jabari Parker scored a game-high 27 points to go along with eight rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal as Duke posted a 74-64 win over Alabama Wednesday in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden. • Parker made his final eight shots in the contest and finished 9-of-12 from the field and 9-of-10 from the free throw line. • Quinn Cook and Matt Jones also scored in double figures with 17 and 13 points apiece. Cook went 3-of-4 from three-point range, while Jones knocked down two three-pointers en route to his first career double-figure scoring game. • Tyler Thornton collected a career-best five steals and added six points, four rebounds and four assists in the win. • Duke limited Alabama to 40.4 percent shooting in the game and held the Crimson Tide to just 22 first-half points.
By The Numbers • The Blue Devils are 25-2 all-time in the NIT Season Tip-Off, claiming championships in the event in 1985, 2000, 2005 and 2009. • Duke (6-1) has not lost more than one game in the month of November since the 1999-00 season. The Blue Devils are 80-4 in the month over the past 14 seasons. • Jabari Parker has scored 20 or more points in each of the first seven games of the season, marking just the second time a Duke player has accomplished that feat. Art Heyman opened the 1961-62 season with 10 straight 20-point games. Parker is the second Division I freshman in the past 10 years to open his career with seven straight 20-point games. Kevin Durant (Texas) also began his collegiate career with seven consecutive 20-point games. • Jabari Parker (23.6 ppg.) and Rodney Hood (19.9 ppg.) are the top scoring tandem in the ACC at 43.5 points per game. The duo has combined for 11 20-point scoring games, while shooting 103-of-168 (.613) from the field and 26-of-42 (.619) from three-point range. • Duke leads the ACC and ranks seventh nationally with a .534 field goal percentage. Rodney Hood (.632) and Jabari Parker (.600) rank third and fourth, respectively, in the ACC in field goal percentage. • The Blue Devils have had a double-figure scorer off the bench in six of seven games this season. The Duke bench averages 22.0 points per game with Andre Dawkins averaging a team-high 8.0 points per game off the bench. • Duke has won 130 games this decade (since 2009-10 season). The Blue Devils are 25-12 against teams ranked in the top 25 of the AP Poll in that span. • Duke is 11-18 all-time against teams ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll. The Blue Devils have won four straight games against the No. 4 team in the AP Poll dating back to the 2000-01 season. • Duke has won 39 of its last 60 games when both teams have been ranked in the top 10. • Junior Quinn Cook has scored in double figures in six of Duke’s seven games this season. He is averaging 13.4 points and 6.4 assists per game. Cook is one of five players in the NCAA averaging at least 6.0 assists per game with a 3.5:1 or better assist-to-turnover ratio.