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No. 6 Seed Duke Opens NCAA Tournament Play Sunday
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 11/19/2017
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Game 19

NCAA Tournament Second Round

No. 14 Duke (12-4-2) vs. No. 13 FIU (12-4-1)

November 19, 2017 | 6 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Durham, N.C. | Koskinen Stadium

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SETTING THE SCENE

  • Sixth-seeded Duke will be playing its first game in two weeks when it hosts FIU in the NCAA Tournament second round Sunday evening. The Blue Devils and Panthers kick off at 6 p.m., at Koskinen Stadium.

HOW DUKE GOT HERE

  • The Blue Devils earned the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament based on the resume they built over the course of the season. Below are the numbers that led Duke to the national seed. 
    Duke NCAA Tournament Resume

Duke NCAA Tournament Resume
12 - Wins
8-4-1 - Record against RPI Top 50
4 - Top 25 RPI victories
8 - Top 50 RPI victories
10 - Top 70 RPI victories
2 - Strength of Schedule
5 - Opponent Strength of Schedule
53 - RPI Average of Duke’s victories
5 - RPI Average of Duke’s losses
7 - Shutouts

HOW FIU GOT HERE 

  • The Panthers earned an at-large bid thanks to their 11-1-4 overall record and their 21 RPI. FIU advanced to the the second round with a 2-0 win over Omaha Thursday night. Both goals came in the opening 30 minutes as the Panthers ... Omaha outshot FIU 13-6, with seven of those coming on goal. 

FIU NCAA Tournament Resume
11 - Wins
21 - RPI
3 - Top 50 RPI victories
4 - Top 70 RPI victories
4-1-2 - Record against Top 70 RPI
27 - Opponent Strength of Schedule


Duke – FIU by the Numbers

26 – Appearances in the NCAA Championship
5 – Times Duke has been a national seed in the NCAA postseason tournament

30-24-1 – Duke’s all-time record in NCAA Tournament play
.770 – Will Pulisic’s save percentage, first in the league and fourth among freshman goalies in the NCAA Tournament
11-0-1 – Duke’s record when scoring first this season
2.94 – Goals per game average for FIU, the highest in Division I men’s soccer
0.97 – Current goals against average for Duke, allowing just two goals in the past four games and 380 minutes
15 – Teams that have at least 25 NCAA Tournament appearances with Duke ranking 13th with 26
7 – Shutouts for Duke in 2017, the most since 2013
0 – Times FIU has been shut out this year, scoring at least two goals in 14 games
99 – Wins for head coach John Kerr at Duke, one shy of becoming only the second Blue Devil men’s soccer coach to amass 100 career victories at the school

DUKE IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

  • Duke is making its 26th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the first since 2011. The Blue Devils are 30-24-1 overall in NCAA action. 
  • Under head coach John Kerr, Duke is 4-4 in postseason play with two of the losses coming in overtime. 
  • The Blue Devils are one of 24 teams to win an NCAA title, capturing the 1986 crown. They have advanced to three championship games and five NCAA semifinals – the last being 2004. 
  • Head coach John Kerr is one of five Blue Devils to score two goals in an NCAA Tournament game, netting two against Harvard in the 1986 title run.


NCAA TOURNAMENT RANKINGS BY WINS

  • Duke is one of 14 teams nationally to own at least 30 NCAA Tournament wins in program history. Indiana has the most with 85, while Duke is one of four current ACC teams on the list - Clemson, North Carolina and Virginia being the other three.
  • Duke ranks 14th overall among the group in win percentage and 13th among Division I programs in overall appearances with 26.

 
NCAA Tournament Wins

Rk. Team App W L T Pct.
1. Indiana 42 85 31 4 0.725
2. UCLA 44 72 39 3 0.645
3. Saint Louis 48 68 36 5 0.647
4. Virginia 39 62 31 5 0.658
5. Maryland 35 53 29 6 0.636
6. Clemson 31 52 27 4 0.651
7. UConn 35 40 28 7 0.580
8. North Carolina 25 37 19 8 0.641
9. Hartwick 25 36 25 0 0.590
10. San Francisco 31 36 26 1 0.579
11. Brown 27 35 26 1 0.573
12. Creighton 24 34 20 7 0.615
13. SMU 30 33 24 7 0.570
14. Duke 26 30 24 1 0.555

NCAA Tournament Appearances

Rk. Team App W L T Pct.
1. Saint Louis 48 68 36 5 0.647
2. UCLA 44 72 39 3 0.645
3. Indiana 42 85 31 4 0.725
4. Virginia 39 62 31 5 0.658
5. UConn 35 40 28 7 0.580
6. Maryland 35 53 29 6 0.636
7. Penn State 32 28 31 1 0.475
8. Clemson 31 52 27 4 0.651
9. San Francisco 31 36 26 1 0.579
10. SMU 30 33 24 7 0.570
11. Akron 28 23 22 7 0.510
12. Brown 27 35 26 1 0.573
13. Duke 26 30 24 1 0.555
14. North Carolina 25 37 19 8 0.641
15. Hartwick 25 36 25 0 0.590


SERIES HISTORY

  • Duke and FIU have met just once before and that came in the 1994 NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils won that game, outlasting the Panthers 2-1 in double overtime. • The Blue Devils are 5-4 against current Conference USA squads in NCAA Tournament play. They have played South Carolina the most, going 3-3-0. 
    vs. Conference USA in NCAA TournamentFIU 1-0Old Dominion 1-0New Mexico 0-1South Carolina 3-3

ABOUT THE BLUE DEVILS

  • Duke is playing its first game in 14 days after falling to Clemson 1-0 in the ACC Quarterfinals. The Blue Devils are 12-4-3 overall and are 5-2-1 in the past eight games. 
  • Brian White headlines the offense with nine goals and two assists for 20 points. His nine tallies are a career best and rank 22nd nationally. Daniele Proch is next in line with five goals and 12 points overall in his first year as a Blue Devil. Daniel Wright, Markus Fjørtoft and Cameron Moseley have contributed three goals. Outside back Carter Manley has a team-high five assists.
  • Will Pulisic is 12-4-2 in goal with a 0.97 goals against average and a .763 save percentage. He has seven shutouts and owns 58 saves to rank second and fourth in the ACC, respectively.


SCOUTING FIU

  • FIU scored twice in the first 26 minutes to help put away Omaha 2-0 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Both goals came off of free kicks with Paul Marie serving both into the box. 
  • The Panthers are 12-1-4 overall and 6-0-1 on the road this season. Santiago Patino headlines the nation’s top scoring offense with 15 goals and 35 points overall. Patino owns the highest goals scored per game average at 0.88 and is third in total goals (15) and fifth in total points (35). Alessandro Campoy has seven goals and eight assists, while Marie has seven goals and six assists after Thursday’s victory. 
  • Defensively, Hugo Fauroux has played the majority of minutes in goal. He sports a 1.21 goals against average and a .732 save percentage. He has 52 saves in 17 games and has three full shutouts to his name. FIU has five shutouts overall this season and has yet to be shut out. 


LAST TIME OUT

  • Ninth-ranked Clemson converted a penalty kick in the 58th minute and held off the No. 11 Blue Devils to score a 1-0 victory in the ACC Men’s Soccer Quarterfinal.
  • Duke led 7-0 in the shots category in the first half and Clemson’s Ximo Miralles was credited with four saves, while Will Pulisic was never truly tested.
  • Pulisic made one stop in the 90 minutes as Duke held Clemson to just two shots on goal and only eight shots overall.


DUKE AGAINST THE FIELD

  • Duke has faced 14 of the other 47 teams in the 2017 NCAA Championship field, going 11-7-2 in those games. This is the second meeting between Duke and FIU and could potentially be a fifth NCAA contest between the Blue Devils and Cavaliers.

Akron 1-0
Clemson 1-0
Coastal Carolina 2-0
Florida International 1-0
Indiana 0-1
Louisville 0-1
Michigan State 1-0
North Carolina 0-2
NC State 2-0
SMU 0-0-1
Virginia 2-1-1
Old Dominion 1-0
Wake Forest 0-1
Wisconsin 0-1
Total 11-7-2


LOOKING WAY AHEAD IN THE BRACKET

  • Should the seeds hold on Duke’s side of the bracket, the Blue Devils will have a long run of games in the Triangle. A second round victory over FIU will allow the Blue Devils the chance to stay at home for the third round. A win there would send Duke to play North Carolina in Cary. 
  • With three seemingly home games on the horizon, Duke will only have to travel 48 miles round trip to advance to the College Cup in Philadelphia.  


UP NEXT

  • A Duke win will send the Blue Devils to the NCAA Third Round where they will host the winner between Virginia and Fordham. The game will kick off Saturday, Nov. 25 at 1 p.m., at Koskinen Stadium. 

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