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Game Notes: vs. Princeton, Nov. 14, 5 PM, ESPNU
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Game 1 l O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic 
Duke (0-0) vs. Princeton (0-0)
Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010 l 5 p.m. l ESPNU
Cameron Indoor Stadium l Durham, N.C.

Duke Starts 2010-11 Season
Duke begins its 106th season of basketball against Princeton on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPNU with Mark Jones (play-by-play) and Len Elmore (analyst) calling the action.

Duke-Princeton Series
The Blue Devils lead the all-time series with Princeton, 17-1. Princeton’s lone win came in 1981 as it defeated the Blue Devils at home, 72-55. Since then Duke has won four straight with home victories in 2000, 2003 and 2005. The last meeting was on Nov. 19, 2007, when the Blue Devils defeated the Tigers, 83-61, in the first round of the Maui Invitational. Duke is 9-0 all-time in Cameron Indoor Stadium against Princeton.

O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic
The season opener for the Blue Devils is also the first game of the O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic. It is the second time Duke has played in the tournament. The Blue Devils went 3-1 in 2006, losing to Marquette in the championship game, 73-62. The 2010 tournament for Duke features home games against Princeton and Miami (Ohio). The Blue Devils then play Marquette on Nov. 22 in Kansas City, Mo., followed by a game on Nov. 23 against either Kansas State or Gonzaga.

Numbers Game

  • The Blue Devils are opening the season ranked No. 1 in the AP poll for the seventh time in school history.
  • Including Sunday's season opener, Duke has played more games (191) when ranked No. 1 in the AP poll than as an unranked team (141) under Coach K.
  • Duke has won its last 10 season openers. The Blue Devils are 76-29 all-time in season openers. The last loss in a season opener came in 1999 when the Blue Devils opened the season with an 80-79 loss to Stanford in the opening round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in New York City. 
  • The Blue Devils have won 28 straight home openers and are 29-1 in home openers under Krzyzewski. Duke’s last loss in a home opener was a 76-75 double-overtime defeat to Vanderbilt on Nov. 28, 1982. 
  • In its last eight season openers, Duke has won by double digits, averaging a margin of victory of 36.4 points per game during that span. The largest win was by 65 points (121-56) in 2007 against N.C. Central. The Blue Devils have scored over 100 points twice in the last eight season openers while holding opponents to under 50 points four times.
  • The Blue Devils are 3-0 in season openers when following a national championship season. In those three games Duke has an average margin of victory of 25.7 points per game. The Blue Devils claimed a 103-75 win over East Carolina in 1991, a 110-62 victory over Canisius in 1992 and an 80-79 win against Seton Hall in 2001. 
  • Duke has only lost two home games in the past three seasons, posting a record of 48-2 in Cameron Indoor Stadium during that span. The Blue Devils currently have a 19-game win streak at home.
  • The Blue Devils have won an NCAA-best 77 consecutive non-conference home games. The last home loss against a non-conference opponent for the Blue Devils was on Feb. 26, 2000 against St. John’s, 83-82. 
  • In the all-time series with Princeton, Duke holds a 17-1 record with wins in all four games since 2000. The only loss for the Blue Devils came on the road in 1981. Duke is 9-0 at home against the Tigers. 
  • The last time Duke played Princeton was in the Maui Invitational in 2007 and Kyle Singler, playing in just his third career game, recorded a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. 
  • In Duke’s two exhibition games, Kyle Singler led the team with 22.5 points per game, including a 31-point effort against St. Augustine’s. He shot .636 (6-12) from the field, .500 (6-12) from behind the three-point line and .917 (11-12) from the free throw line.
  • Senior Nolan Smith enters the year with 59 career double-figure scoring games, including 36 a season ago. Smith averaged 17.4 ppg as a junior, a 9.0 scoring increase from the 2008-09 season.
  • Sophomore Mason Plumlee averaged a double-double in the two exhibition games with 12.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. He had 11 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Cal Poly Pomona. 
  • Freshman Kyrie Irving looked impressive in his two exhibition games, averaging 15.0 points and 6.0 assists per game.
  • Duke has won 22 consecutive games in November, dating back to a 73-62 loss to Marquette in the championship game of the 2006 CBE Classic. The Blue Devils are 102-10 all-time in the month of November under Coach K.
  • The Blue Devils are 48-9 all-time and have won 22 consecutive games against Ivy League opponents. Duke’s last loss against an Ivy League foe was a 72-55 decision against Princeton on Dec. 12, 1981. Mike Krzyzewski is 22-1 against the Ivy League as the head coach at Duke.

106th Season of Basketball
Duke is entering its 106th season of basketball in 2010-11. The Blue Devils have compiled a 1,912-822 record to rank fourth all-time in victories.

Duke in Elite Victory Club
With its 1,912 all-time wins, Duke is one of just four schools in NCAA history to have earned at least 1,900 all-time victories. The Blue Devils are part of the prestigious 1,900-win club along with Kentucky (2,023), North Carolina (2,003) and Kansas (2,003).

Sustained Success
Duke has won 20 or more games 45 times in its 105 years of basketball. Including its 35-5 mark a year ago, the Blue Devils have won at least 20 games in 14 consecutive seasons and have won 30 or more games 11 times since the 1985-86 season.

Selling Out
The Blue Devils have sold out 305 consecutive games at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The last time Duke did not have a sellout at home was on Nov. 16, 1990, against Boston College. Overall, the Blue Devils continue to be one of the nation’s most popular draws, playing in front of sellout crowds in all venues in 286 of their last 349 games.

Moving Up the Victory Ladder
Mike Krzyzewski is one of just six coaches in Division I history to reach 800 career wins. His 868 wins rank fourth among college basketball’s victory leaders and first among active coaches. With 795 wins as the Duke head coach, Krzyzewski is five wins shy of becoming the fifth coach in NCAA history to win at least 800 games at one school. He is also the winningest coach in NCAA Tournament history and ranks second all-time in career ACC wins.

Duke-Princeton Series Notes

  • Duke leads the all-time series with Princeton 17-1. Under Krzyzewski the Blue Devils have a 4-1 record against the Tigers with a 3-0 record at home. 
  • The Blue Devils won the first 13 meetings between the two schools with the first game taking place on Jan. 14, 1936.
  • The first game played in Cameron Indoor Stadium was between Duke and Princeton. The Blue Devils came out on top, 36-27, in the game played on Jan. 6, 1940.
  • The two schools have played in the NCAA Tournament one time with Duke claiming its first NCAA Tournament victory against the Tigers, 84-60, in Madison Square Garden on March 8, 1960.
  • After Krzyzewski lost his first game to Princeton in 1981, there was a 19-year drought before the schools played again in 2000. The Blue Devils opened the Preseason NIT with an 87-50 win over Princeton in a season that would end in a national championship for Duke.

In-Season Tournaments

  • The Blue Devils have won the last three in-season tournaments they have played in, capturing titles in the Maui Invitational (2007), Coaches vs. Cancer  Classic (2008) and NIT Season Tip-Off (2009).
  • Overall Duke has won 13 in-season tournament titles under Krzyzewski, including six of the last eight they have played in.
  • This marks the second time the Blue Devils have played in the CBE Classic. The last time Duke won three games before falling to Marquette in the championship game, 73-62, in 2006. 
  • Duke has announced its plans to play in the Maui Invitational next season, a tournament that it owns a 12-0 record in with four titles in 1992, 1997, 2001 and 2007.