ACC Tournament Quarterfinal • vs. Clemson March 14, 2014 • 9 p.m. Greensboro, N.C. • Greensboro Coliseum (23,300) ESPN • ACC Network Blue Devil IMG Sports Network • ESPN Radio
The Opening Tip • Duke earned the No. 3 seed in the ACC Tournament and will play in the quarterfinal Friday, March 14, at 9 p.m. Duke will face the winner of Thursday’s contest between sixth-seeded Clemson and 11th-seeded Georgia Tech. The Blue Devils have won nine straight ACC Tournament games as the No. 3 seed. • Duke enters the tournament ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press poll and No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Duke has been ranked in the top 10 in 14 of the 19 polls this season. Duke is 79-22 all-time when playing as the No. 7 team in the AP poll. • Duke is 18-2 when playing in the state of North Carolina this season. Duke went 17-0 at home in Cameron Indoor Stadium with losses at North Carolina (66-74) and Wake Forest (72-82). The Blue Devils’ other in-state victory came at Greensboro Coliseum in the form of an 86-48 win over Elon on Dec. 31, 2013.
The Last Time Out • Jabari Parker turned in one of the all-time great performances in the history of the Duke-North Carolina rivalry, scoring 30 points with 11 rebounds to lead the Blue Devils past the Tar Heels, 93-81. Parker hit 10-of-17 field goals and 8-of-9 shots from the free throw line. • Parker’s 30 points were the most by a Duke freshman in the Duke-North Carolina series, while his 30-10 performance was only the eighth under head coach Mike Krzyzewski (five players). • Rodney Hood added 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting for Duke as he and Parker combined for a season-high 54 points in the win. • Duke outrebounded North Carolina 34-20 and pulled down 16 offensive boards. • The win wrapped up an undefeated home season for the Blue Devils, who finished 17-0 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke has gone undefeated at home in back-to-back seasons and 18 times overall.
By The Numbers • Duke has won at least one ACC Tournament game in 14 of the last 16 years. The Blue Devils are 36-6 with 10 league titles in that span. • The Blue Devils are 6-4 on the season against teams currently ranked in the top 50 of the RPI. Four of Duke’s wins (Syracuse, Michigan, Virginia and North Carolina) were against top 20 teams in the RPI. • Jabari Parker was named first team All-America (USBWA, Sporting News and Sports Illustrated), becoming the first Duke freshman to earn first team All-America honors. Parker is only the second Duke freshman to earn All-America status, joining Austin Rivers, an NABC third team All-America selection in 2012. • Jabari Parker has registered six consecutive double-doubles and is averaging 18.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game, while shooting .534 (39-of-73) from the field in that stretch. • Jabari Parker was named ACC Freshman of the Year after leading the ACC during the regular season in rebounds (9.0 rpg.) and double-doubles (14), ranking second in scoring (19.2 ppg.) and 20-point games (16) and third in field goal percentage (.487 – 209-of-429). Parker is attempting to become only the fourth freshman in conference history to lead the league in rebounds. • Rodney Hood has hit a three-pointer in 28 consecutive games and in 30 of 31 games overall. He has made a team-high 65 treys while shooting .425 (65-of-153) from behind the arc, second in the league behind only teammate Andre Dawkins (.433 – 61-of-141). Hood is averaging 20.3 points per game, while going 23-of-44 (.523) from the field in the last three games. • Jabari Parker is one of just six freshmen since 1997 to average at least 19 points and nine rebounds a game. The others were Kevin Durant (Texas - 2007), Michael Beasley (Kansas State - 2008), Kris Humphries (Minnesota - 2004), Carmelo Anthony (Syracuse - 2003) and Troy Murphy (Notre Dame - 1998). • Tyler Thornton has a team-leading 3.90 assist-to-turnover ratio on the season while averaging 2.4 assists per game. He has just three games with more than one turnover this season, including 16 games with zero turnovers. • Duke owns an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.50:1, which would rank as the second-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.