DURHAM, N.C.—Without a game until Nov. 5, GoDuke.com wanted to take a look at some of the storylines heading into the ACC Quarterfinals Sunday. The Blue Devils open postseason play against either Clemson or Syracuse this weekend at 1 p.m. Both would be rematches from the regular season.
DUKE STAYS PUT IN RPI
The Blue Devils, on the strength of two home wins, including one over a top 10 RPI team, stayed put at No. 3 in the most recent RPI. North Carolina and Wake Forest remained Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, with six of the top 10 teams hailing from the ACC. Duke is 1-3-1 against teams from the top 11 in the RPI and 7-3-1 against the top 50.
ACC CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES
Duke enters the 28th ACC Men’s Soccer Championship as the No. 4 seed. The Blue Devils are 19-25-4 all-time in the event and have three titles to their name – 1999, 2005 and 2006. Duke is 2-3 as the No. 4 seed and 2-7-0 in quarterfinal games, which began in 2005 when the field expanded to then-nine teams. The Blue Devils have gone into overtime 14 times, going 6-5-3 in those games and are 2-2 in penalty kick shootouts.
12 WINS AND COUNTING
Duke is racking up the wins in 2017, finishing the regular season with 12. It is two shy of matching the 14 the Blue Devils posted in 2011 – a season in which they had 12 in the regular season as well. The 12 regular-season victories are the most since the 2006 squad had 13 before starting its postseason run. The regular season record for wins is 16 held by the 1982 squad.
LOOKING WAY AHEAD TO NCAAs
While the Blue Devils are in the hunt for an ACC title, the NCAA Championship selection show Nov. 13 is looming. Duke looks to be a lock for a top 16 seed, but a strong showing in the ACC Championship could land the Blue Devils a top four spot and guaranteed home games through to the College Cup. The Blue Devils will be making their first appearance in the NCAA Championship since 2011 when it advanced to the second round. Duke was last a top 16 seed in 2006, earning the top overall seed after taking home the ACC title.
DUKE MAKES FIVE-GAME JUMP
Duke finished the 2017 regular season with 12 wins, a five-win improvement from the seven it posted in 2016. That is the largest jump from one season to another since the six-game leap the Blue Devils made from 2003 (8) to 2004 (14). The 12 victories are the most since the 14 in 2009, the most under a John Kerr coached Duke team.
FORMER BLUE DEVILS IN MLS PLAYOFFS
Former Blue Devils Sean Davis and Andrew Wenger recently kicked off the Major League Soccer Playoffs. In the knockout round, Davis and the New York Red Bulls cruised past the Chicago Fire 4-0. Davis contributed an assist in the victory. Wenger and the Houston Dynamo played the first of two aggregate games Monday night, tying Portland 0-0. The Red Bulls fell to Toronto FC in the first of two games, 2-1. They both play the second game Nov. 5. The Red Bulls will kick off at 3 p.m., on ESPN, while the Houston game time is to be determined.
FIRST TO SCORE WINS?
Duke has fared quite well when scoring the first goal of the game this season. The Blue Devils have scored a goal in the first half in 10 of the 12 wins and is 11-0-1 overall when scoring the first goal of the game. The Blue Devils are 10-0-0 when leading at the half and 0-3-0 when trailing at the break. Duke is 1-3-0 when its opponent nets the first goal of the game.
DUKE AT KOSKINEN
The Blue Devils have fared well at home this season, going 9-2-1 overall. The two losses came at the hands of Louisville and Clemson. Duke is 75-25-15 at home under head coach John Kerr and is 0-1-1 at home in ACC Tournament games since the league went to campus sites in 2011.