Duke vs. Boston College
February 8, 2014 • 6 p.m.
Chestnut Hill, Mass. • Conte Forum (8,606)
ESPN • Blue Devil IMG Sports Network
The Opening Tip
• Duke will hit the road for the third time in the past four games this Saturday, taking on Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass., at 6 p.m. The game will air on ESPN and the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network.
• The road game at Boston College will be Duke’s fourth in a five-game stretch that included games at Pittsburgh (W, 80-65) and Syracuse (L, 89-91 in OT) and also features an away game at North Carolina (Feb. 12). Duke is 5-5 away from Cameron Indoor Stadium this season, including 2-3 in true road games.
• Duke is ranked No. 11 in both the Associated Press Poll and the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The Blue Devils are 19-9 all-time when ranked No. 11 in the AP Poll.
• The Blue Devils are 17-2 against unranked opponents this season with their lone losses coming on the road against ACC foes Notre Dame (77-79) and Clemson (59-72).
The Last Time Out
• Jabari Parker scored 21 points and hit 8-of-10 field goals to lead Duke past Wake Forest, 83-63, Tuesday at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The victory was Duke’s fourth 20-point win over an ACC team this season.
• Rasheed Sulaimon started and scored 19 points while also dishing out five assists and recording two steals. Sulaimon played a team-high 37 minutes while handling point guard duties periodically throughout the game.
• Andre Dawkins continued his hot streak, scoring 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and 4-of-7 from three-point range.
• Duke forced 19 Wake Forest turnovers and converted them into 26 second-chance points. Tyler Thornton, who drew his 13th start of the season, logged three steals, while Parker and Sulaimon both had two.
• The win improved Duke’s home win streak to 29 games, the longest active streak in the nation.
By The Numbers
• Duke is shooting .416 (221-of-531) from three-point range this season while averaging 9.61 made three-pointers per game. The .416 three-point percentage would rank third on Duke’s single-season list, while the 9.61 made three-pointers would rank second.
• Since beginning conference play, Duke is averaging 13.0 offensive rebounds per game to rank third in the ACC. Duke has pulled in double-digit offensive rebounds in six straight games and is averaging 16.3 points on second-chance opportunities in ACC play.
• Andre Dawkins leads the ACC in three-point shooting percentage, hitting 47.8 percent (55-of-115) of his shots from beyond the arc. Dawkins is shooting 52.4 percent (22-of-42) from three-point range over his past six games with multiple treys in all six of those contests.
• Rasheed Sulaimon and Tyler Thornton are shooting a combined .587 (27-of-46) from three-point range since Duke began ACC play. Sulaimon boasts a .586 (17-of-29) clip, while Thornton owns a .588 (10-of-17) percentage.
• Sulaimon has scored in double figures in six of 10 ACC games and averages 11.1 points and 3.1 assists per game in conference play. He has at least four assists in five of his past six games and owns a 2.7:1 assist-to-turnover ratio during that span.
• Andre Dawkins and Rodney Hood are the top two three-point shooters in the ACC. Dawkins leads the league in three-point percentage, while Hood ranks second with a .449 (48-of-107) clip. The last Duke player to lead the ACC in three-point percentage was Daniel Ewing in 2004 (.411 – 74-of-180). A Blue Devil has led the league in that category four times.
• ACC Rookie of the Week Jabari Parker is attempting to become the first Duke freshman to lead the team in scoring and rebounding in the same season, currently averaging team highs of 18.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Only two freshmen have led Duke in scoring, and only six have led the team in rebounding.
• Parker leads the ACC in rebounding, averaging 8.2 boards per game. In conference play, he averages an ACC-high 3.8 offensive rebounds per game. His 8.2 rebounds per game would rank as the third highest rebounding average by a Duke freshman in school history.