Courtesy: Duke Sports Information Release: 11/25/2012
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Duke 76, Louisville 71
• Duke won its 23rd consecutive regular-season tournament game, dating back to the 2006 CBE Classic.
• Duke started 6-0 for the sixth straight season and for the 10th time in the last 12 years.
• Duke improved to 72-24 all-time when ranked fifth in the country (AP poll). The win was Duke’s eighth in a row when playing as the fifth-ranked team.
• The win improved Duke’s record to 14-24 when playing the No. 2 team in the country (AP poll).
• Louisville entered the game holding opponents to an average of 50.2 games and had not allowed an opponent to score more than 61 points all season. The Blue Devils scored 76 points in the win, the most points that Louisville has allowed in its last 18 games dating back to a 90-82 win over DePaul in overtime on Feb. 18, 2012. It was the most points Louisville has allowed in a regulation game since Dec. 17, 2011.
• The win was Duke’s 100th since the start of the 2009-10 season. Only Kentucky, Kansas and Ohio State have more wins than Duke during that span.
• Duke played its 182nd straight game as a top-10 team. The Blue Devils are 152-30 during that span.
• Duke shot 85.2 percent (23-of-27) from the free throw line. Duke has shot over 80.0 percent from the free throw line in four straight games, a feat the Blue Devils have not accomplished since Jan. 4-13, 2001 (vs. Florida State, Clemson, NC State & Virginia).
• In November, Duke has won 55 of its last 56 games dating back to the 2004-05 season. Duke’s lone loss during that span was on Nov. 29, 2012, at No. 2 Ohio State.
• Duke trailed for only 1:20 the entire game. Louisville led for the first 49 seconds of the game (0-2) and then for a 31-second span in the second half (58-59). Quinn Cook put Duke ahead for good with a three-pointer at the 7:48 mark (61-59).
• In neutral site contests since the 2008-09 season, Duke is now 40-4. Duke has won five in-season tournaments during that span – including the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis – in addition to three ACC Tournaments and the 2009-10 NCAA Championship.
• Duke registered 13 assists on 24 field goals, or on 54.2 percent of the team’s total made field goals. Duke has registered assists on 50 percent of its baskets in five of six games this season.
• Five Blue Devils scored in double figures, led by Mason Plumlee with 16 points. Duke has had at least four double-figure scorers in five straight games and has had five double-figure scorers twice.
• For the fourth straight game, Duke used the starting lineup of Quinn Cook, Mason Plumlee, Rasheed Sulaimon, Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly. Those five combined to score 73 of Duke’s 76 points, or 96.0 percent of the team’s total. On the season, those five combine to average 71.2 points per game, or 91.0 percent of Duke’s total scoring. Those five have combined to score no less than 75 percent of Duke’s total scoring in any of the Blue Devils’ first six games this year.
• Seniors Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee all scored in double figures for the fourth straight game, combining for 44 points against Louisville. Those three have combined to give Duke 42 or more points in all six games this season and together average 48.6 points per game with 17 double-figure scoring performances.
• Earned his fourth straight start. Since cracking the starting lineup against Florida Gulf Coast four games ago, Cook is averaging 12.3 points and 7.0 assists per game.
• Named Most Valuable Player of the Battle 4 Atlantis after averaging 13.7 points, 6.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in Duke’s three victories.
• For the tournament, Cook shot 50.0 percent (4-of-8) from the three-point line and 91.7 percent (11-of-12) from the free throw line.
• With Duke trailing 59-58 in the second half, Cook hit a three-pointer to put Duke back in the lead. That would be the last time that Duke trailed in the game, thanks in part to Cook who scored Duke’s final six points with 13 seconds remaining to stave off a late Louisville comeback effort. Louisville brought the game back to within three points three times in the final minute before Cook responded with buckets each time to make it a two-possession game.
• Started his 17th consecutive game, the longest active streak among Duke players. Curry has started 51 of Duke’s last 53 games.
• Scored in double figures for the fifth straight game.
• Finished a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line to improve his free throw percentage to .906 (29-of-32). Curry is one made free throw away from becoming eligible for Duke’s career free throw percentage list. His career mark of .847 (199-of-235) would rank fourth behind J.J. Redick (.912), Trajan Langdon (.862) and Jon Scheyer (.861).
• Drew his sixth straight start and scored in double figures for the fourth straight game.
• Registered two blocks, marking the fourth time this season that Kelly has blocked multiple shots in a game.
• Shot .444 (4-of-9) from the field, marking the fourth straight game in which he has shot 44 percent or better.
• Dished out four assists while committing only one turnover to improve his season assist-to-turnover ratio to 2.33:1.
• Made his 70th start at Duke. Plumlee has started 57 of Duke’s last 60 games.
• Scored at least 16 points for the sixth consecutive game, dating back to the final game of the 2012 season.
• Shot 6-of-10 (.600) from the floor to extend a streak of shooting over 50 percent from the field to 12 consecutive games.
• Earned his sixth consecutive start and scored in double figures for the fourth straight game. Sulaimon is averaging 12.0 points per game which ranks third on the team.
• Hit a three-pointer for the sixth straight game and to move his three-point shooting percentage to .400 (12-of-30). Sulaimon has hit multiple three-pointers in four of Duke’s six games and averages 2.0 made treys per game.
• Registered a career-high three steals to lead the team in that category. Sulaimon has a steal in four straight games.