Virginia Tech Becomes Most Recent Victim in Cameron
They keep coming to Durham, and Duke keeps sending them packing. Virginia Tech became the most recent team to leave Cameron Indoor Stadium with a loss Tuesday, falling 66-48 at the hands of the Rodney Hood-led Blue Devils. Hood scored 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting for his sixth 20-point game at home, while Rasheed Sulaimon added 15 points and Jabari Parker logged his ACC-leading 12th double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. The win extended Duke’s home win streak to 32 games, the longest streak in the country. With the lone home contest looming on March 8 against North Carolina, Duke is on the verge of completing its 18th undefeated season in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Parker A Finalist For…Pretty Much Everything
The national player of the year finalist lists are starting to appear, and Duke freshman Jabari Parker is on every one of them. The 6-8, 235-pound forward who leads the ACC in rebounding and double-doubles and ranks second in scoring saw his name pop up on the final watch lists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy and the Naismith Trophy, both awards that go to the top player in college basketball. In addition to being the frontrunner for ACC Player of the Year honors, Parker also appeared on the Wayman Tisdale Award watch list as the top freshman in college basketball.
Jabari’s ACC Award Record Watch
Jabari Parker’s ACC Rookie of the Week Award streak extended to five consecutive awards Monday, giving him a conference-leading nine ACC rookie awards this season. The nine honors are one shy of tying the league’s all-time record of 10, set by Kenny Anderson (Georgia Tech) in 1989-90 and tied by Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina) in 2005-06. His nine awards are the most since Austin Rivers also won nine as a freshman in 2011-12.
Jabari Scores, Jabari Rebounds, Jabari Bakes
Jabari Parker has already given the Duke faithful plenty to cheer about this season, but he further cemented his status as a Duke legend this past week when he brought his own homemade baked goods to Krzyzewskiville to pass out to his fellow Duke students. The desserts were quickly named “Jabari Bars” by the Cameron Crazies camping out for the Duke-North Carolina game on March 8 and were, presumably, gone quicker than Parker can go coast-to-coast with a basketball (which is also rather fast).
Mike Dunleavy: Marathon Man
At 33 years old, Former Duke forward Mike Dunleavy may be considered an elder statesman of the NBA, but that didn’t stop the 12-year pro from playing nearly the full 48 minutes of Chicago’s 107-103 loss to the Atlanta Hawks this past Tuesday. Dunleavy, who has assumed a starting role following the trade of Luol Deng to the Cavaliers and a potentially season-ending injury to Derrick Rose, scored 22 points while adding eight rebounds and four assists in the effort. He played all but nine seconds of the game, a trend that has seen Dunleavy play at least 30 minutes in 12 straight games and in 15 of his past 16 contests. The increase in minutes has aided his production, as his playing time has increased from a pre-all-star break 29.4 per game to a post-all-star break 39.2, while his other averages have gone from 11.1 points to 13.0 points, 3.9 rebounds to 6.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists to 3.3 assists.
Duke-UNC Rivalry Auction Begins
Duke fans looking for exclusive autographed Duke basketball photos and a special Duke-UNC ticket package should check out the Duke basketball auction page on GoDuke.com now through March 8. Autographed items include those from Coach K, J.J. Redick, Nolan Smith, Kyle Singler and many others, while the special access ticket package is good for two seats on the lower level as well as a guided tour of Cameron Indoor Stadium. To check out the items and start bidding, visit the link below:
Duke Basketball Radio Show Set for Monday
Hosted by the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club throughout the season, the Duke Basketball Radio Show with associate head coach Steve Wojciechowski airs live this Monday from 7-8 p.m. on WDNC 620 The Buzz. Fans are invited to join Wojciechowski on location in the Bull Durham Bar at the Washington Duke Inn or watch the show live on GoDuke.com. The Duke Basketball Radio Show is a production of the Blue Devil Sports Network from IMG College and features Wojciechowski and special appearances by players and prominent college basketball figures. Art Chase, Duke assistant director of athletics for external relations, co-hosts the show alongside Wojciechowski.
Shavlik Randolph Lands With The Suns
Former Duke big man Shavlik Randolph, who was featured in this past week's Blue Devil Vault, is coming back to the NBA. Randolph, who has played professionally in the NBA and in Asia, signed with a Suns team that also includes former Duke forward Miles Plumlee and will add depth to the frontcourt rotation down the stretch. After playing for the Boston Celtics in 2012-13, Randolph packed his bags to go play for Foshan in China where he averaged 22.3 points and 12.3 rebounds per game in six outings before signing with the Suns.
Rodney Hood reveling in the clutch (Raleigh News & Observer)
Singler thriving in starting lineup (Detroit Free Press)
Rivers’ game growing with consistent playing time (The Times-Picayune)
Stat of the Week
Duke forward Jabari Parker’s nine ACC Rookie of the week awards are more than all other ACC freshmen combined (8). Parker’s nine honors are more than double the next closet winner – Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis, who has won the award four times.
Tweet of the Week
Robbie Patterson @Rolvix
Jabari Parker @JPiz1 made "Jabari Bars" and gave them to us at the tent check. Need that recipe. Thanks man! pic.twitter.com/qxXcZxsw41