Courtesy: Duke Sports Information Release: 11/22/2012
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Duke 89, Minnesota 71
• Duke won its 21st consecutive regular-season tournament game, dating back to the 2006 CBE Classic.
• The Blue Devils were efficient from the three-point line, hitting 8-of-10 (.800) shots from long range which ranks as the second highest three-point field goal percentage in school history. Only the 1987-88 Duke Blue Devils, who hit 10-of-11 (.909) three-pointers against Clemson on Feb. 1, 1998, shot better from beyond the arc in a game.
• The Blue Devils also shot well from the free throw line, hitting 21-of-26 (.808) foul shots. That marks the second straight game in which the Blue Devils have shot over 80.0 percent from the free throw line. Forward Mason Plumlee shot 8-of-10 from the free throw line and is now shooting a career-best 78.1 percent from the free throw line on the season. Duke made nine consecutive free throws to end the game.
• Duke started 4-0 for the ninth consecutive season and for the 12th time in the last 13 seasons.
• Duke improved to 70-24 all-time when playing as the No. 5 team in the country (AP poll). The win was Duke’s sixth in a row when playing as the fifth-ranked team.
• Duke played its 180th straight game as a top-10 team. The Blue Devils are 150-30 during that span.
• With 40 points in the first half and 49 in the second half, the Blue Devils have scored at least 40 points in four of their last five halves.
• In November, Duke has now won 53 of its last 54 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.
• In neutral site contests since the 2008-09 season, Duke is now 38-4. Duke has won four in-season tournaments during that span in addition to three ACC Tournaments and the 2009-10 NCAA Championship.
• Five Blue Devils scored in double figures, led by Seth Curry with 25 points. The last time Duke had five players score in double figures was Dec. 30, 2011, in a 110-70 win over Western Michigan. Curry also led the way in that game with 22 points.
• For the second straight game, Duke used the starting lineup of Quinn Cook, Mason Plumlee, Rasheed Sulaimon, Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly. Those five combined to score 87 of Duke’s 89 points, or 97.7 percent of the team’s total. On the season, those five combine to average 72.6 points per game, or 89.1 percent of Duke’s total scoring.
• Duke did not get a point from its bench until the 6:04 mark in the second half when Quinn Cook fed Amile Jefferson under the basket for a layup. Duke’s bench players attempted only three shots.
• Seniors Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee all scored in double figures for the third straight game. Those three have combined to give Duke 42 or more points in all four games this season and together average 51.1 points per game with 11 double-figure scoring performances.
• Four different Blue Devils hit a three-pointer in the game, marking the fifth straight game in which at least four Blue Devils have hit a trey.
• Earned his second straight start and helped Duke to its second straight 80-point performance.
• Scored in double figures for the first time this season and the sixth time in his career.
• Recorded a career-high five steals, the most by a Duke player since Seth Curry had five on Feb. 13, 2011.
• Sank 3-of-4 three-pointers, marking a person best for made three-pointers and three-point field goal percentage. The three treys tied for the most by a Duke player this season (five other times).
• Started his 15th consecutive game, the longest active streak among Duke players.. Curry has started 49 of Duke’s last 51 games.
• Led Duke with 25 points, marking the second time this season that he has led the team in scoring. It was also Curry’s second 20-point game of the season and the ninth of his career. The 25 points fell just one shy of his career high of 26.
• Was a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point range to improve his season three-point percentage to .519 (14-of-27) and his career percentage to .413 (139-of-337), which ranks fourth all-time at Duke.
• Scored in double figures for the fourth straight game and the 41st time in his career.
• Hit a three-pointer in his 18th consecutive game, the longest active streak of any Duke player.
• Drew his fourth straight start and scored in double figures for the third straight game.
• Shot .500 (5-of-10) from the floor for the second straight game while hitting a three-pointer in the fourth straight game this season.
• Blocked three shots for the second time this season.
• Made his 68th start at Duke. Plumlee has started 55 of Duke’s last 58 games.
• Recorded his second double-double of the season with 20 points and a career-high tying 17 rebounds. Plumlee hit 6-of-11 shots from the floor and went 8-of-10 from the free throw line. It was the 10th straight game in which Plumlee has shot 50.0 percent or better from the field.
• Followed the best free throw shooting performance of his career – in which he went 10-for-11 against Florida Gulf Coast – by hitting 8-of-10 free throws against Minnesota. Plumlee, who entered 2012-13 as a career .505 free throw shooter, is shooting 78.1 percent from the foul line this season.
• Scored at least 18 points for the fifth consecutive game, dating back to the final game of the 2012 season.
• Scored 10 points in both halves, giving him at least nine points in seven of Duke’s eight halves of play this season and double-digit points in four straight halves.
• Earned his fourth consecutive start and scored in double figures for the third straight game. Sulaimon is averaging 11.5 points per game which ranks tied for third on the team.
• Hit a three-pointer for the fourth straight game and improved his three-point shooting percentage to .500 (10-of-20).