Duke at Wake Forest
March 5, 2014 • 7 p.m.
Winston-Salem, N.C. • Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum (14,665)
ESPN2 • Blue Devil IMG Sports Network
The Opening Tip
• In its final road game of the season, Duke will face Wake Forest Wednesday at Joel Coliseum. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. and air on ESPN2 and the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network.
• Duke climbed back into the Associated Press top five this week, jumping from No. 6 to No. 4 following a 66-48 win over Virginia Tech. Duke, also ranked No. 4 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, is 56-12 all-time when playing as the No. 4 team in the AP poll.
• The Blue Devils are 21-3 against unranked teams this season, though the three losses have all come on the road to ACC teams.
• Duke will play Wake Forest on eight days rest, its longest stretch without a game since the turn of the calendar. Duke had previously played five games in 11 days and went 4-1 during that span.
• Duke has scored fewer than 70 points in five straight games after failing to hit that benchmark just four times in 18 games prior.
The Last Time Out
• Rodney Hood scored 21 points and Jabari Parker logged his ACC-leading 12th double-double to lead Duke past Virginia Tech, 66-48, Tuesday at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The win pushed Duke’s home win streak to 32 games, the longest active streak in the nation.
• Hood hit 9-of-17 field goal attempts on the way to his ninth 20-point game of the season and sixth in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The redshirt sophomore forward hit 3-of-7 three-pointers while logging four assists, one block and one steal.
• In a night in which he shot just 3-of-11 from the field, Parker still managed to contribute 11 points and 12 rebounds in his fourth straight double-double performance. He filled the stat sheet with three assists, three steals and three blocks.
• Tyler Thornton and Rasheed Sulaimon combined for 12 assists, zero turnovers and five steals while rotating at the point. Thornton had seven helpers, while Sulaimon added five.
By The Numbers
• Following the 66-48 win over Virginia Tech on Feb. 23, Duke reached 12 ACC wins for the fifth consecutive season. The Blue Devils have won 12 conference games 17 times under head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
• Duke owns an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.57:1, which would rank as the highest ratio since Duke began tracking turnovers in the 1970-71 season. The Blue Devils logged a school-record 1.51:1 assist-to-turnover ratio last season, bettering the previous school record of 1.32 set in 2000-01.
• The Blue Devils have shot better than 50.0 percent from three-point range in three of the past five road games while hitting double-digit three-pointers in four of those five contests. Rodney Hood and Tyler Thornton have combined to shoot .512 (21-of-41) from long range during that five-game span.
• Opposing teams have managed just a 0.84:1 assist-to-turnover ratio against Duke this season, ranked tied for the second-lowest mark in the ACC behind only North Carolina (0.79) and tied with Virginia. Duke has forced its opponent into more turnovers than assists 19 times this season and in five consecutive games.
• Jabari Parker has a double-double in eight of his past 11 games and is averaging 18.5 points and 11.6 rebounds per game during that stretch. Parker has an ACC-leading 12 double-doubles this season and ranks among the league’s top three in scoring (2nd – 18.8 ppg.), rebounding (1st - 8.9 rpg.) and field goal percentage (3rd, .479 – 192-of-401).
• Andre Dawkins needs just 10 points to become the 63rd Duke player to join the 1,000-point club. Dawkins is averaging a career-best 8.5 points per game this season.
• Tyler Thornton has 32 assists and just four turnovers in his past 10 games, good for an 8.0:1 assist-to-turnover ratio during that span. Thornton has not committed more than one turnover in any of Duke’s 16 ACC games this season and has posted turnover-free performances nine times in conference play.
• Rodney Hood is averaging 16.3 points per game in his first season at Duke, which would be the highest scoring average by a transfer under Coach K in his first season, bettering the previous averages of Seth Curry (9.0 ppg., 2010-11), Roshown McLeod (11.9 ppg., 1996-97) and Dahntay Jones (11.2 ppg., 2001-02).