As a Team • Duke earned its ninth win of the year, marking the 22nd time in program history the Blue Devils opened the season with nine straight wins. • Duke moved to 17-5 when facing Elon. Duke also improved to 115-18 when ranked No. 2 in the AP Poll with the win. • Duke scored 70+ points in its first nine games of the season for the first time since 2010-11. • The Blue Devils won their 38th consecutive game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the best active NCAA streak. • Duke won by double figures for the ninth straight game, the first time since the 2002-03 campaign the Blue Devils opened a season with nine double-figure wins.
Closing on 1K • With the win, Coach K improved to 992-306 all-time and 919-247 at Duke. He is eight wins shy of becoming the first Division I men’s coach in NCAA history to record 1,000 career victories. • Monday’s win moved Coach K’s record against unranked opponents while at Duke to 724-116. • Duke improved to 9-0 for the 16th time under Coach K’s career.
Cook on Duke’s All-Time Charts • Cook posted four assists against Elon to bring his career assists total to 439. Cook sits in 12th on Duke’s all-time assists list, just one assist shy of matching Jon Scheyer’s 440 for 11th place. • Cook hit a three-pointer in the first half of the game to extend his consecutive games with a made three-pointer streak to an ACC-leading 19. Cook’s last game without at least one made three pointer came against Maryland on Feb. 15, 2014.
On the Offensive End • Duke has trailed just 4:54 through the first nine games of the season. The Blue Devils’ largest deficit they have faced this year is four points – 6-2 vs. Wisconsin (Dec. 3). • Duke shot 29-of-56 (.518) from the field, marking the seventh time this season the Blue Devils shot over 50.0 percent as a team. • Four or more Blue Devils scored in double digits for the eighth game this season (Okafor-25, Jefferson-13, Winslow-12, Sulaimon-11). • Duke posted 46 points in the paint against Elon. The Blue Devils have posted more points in the paint than its opposition in eight of the team’s nine games this year.
Fast Starts • Duke has led at halftime in all nine of its games and has outscored teams in the first half by an average of 15.4 points a game this season. • Duke is shooting a combined 148-of-274 (.540) from the field in the first half of games this year. • Duke shot 2-of-5 (.400) in the first half from three-point range, the third time this season the Blue Devils shot 40.0 percent or better from beyond the arc in the first half of a game.
Devilish Defense • Tonight’s contest marked just the fourth game of the season that an opponent connected on five or more three pointers. • Opponents are averaging just 4.3 made three-point field goals a game while facing Duke, compared to the Blue Devils’ 8.1 made three-pointers. Duke is also holding teams to just 26.7 percent (39-146) on the season, from beyond the three-point line. • Duke forced 19 turnovers, the fourth game this season the Blue Devils caused 15+ turnovers in a contest.
Fresh Faces • For the ninth straight game, three freshmen (Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow) started, marking the first time since 1983 (Georgia Tech-Feb. 9, Stetson-Feb. 16; Wake Forest-Feb. 19; Maryland-Feb.21; NC State-Feb.23; Georgia Tech-Feb. 26; Clemson-March 2; North Carolina-March 5; Virginia-March 11) that three or more freshmen started nine consecutive games in the Coach K era. • Monday’s game marked the 44th time during the Coach K era three freshmen started. In 1982-83, three or more freshmen started 27 games, the highest number of games with three or more freshmen starting under Coach K. • Okafor scored 25 points and collected 20 rebounds, becoming the sixth player in Duke history (and marking the 16th time in program history) to record 20-or-more points and 20-or-more rebounds in a game. Elton Brand is the last Blue Devil to score 20+ points and record 20+ rebounds in a game (Fresno State; Nov. 27, 1998), recording 21 points and 21 rebounds. • Okafor broke Duke’s freshman record for total rebounds with 20 boards. Okafor’s 20 rebounds included 10 on the offensive end, tying him with Jabari Parker for the most by a freshman in a game, and 10 on the defensive end, ranking him tied for seventh on Duke’s freshman list. Twenty rebounds also ties Okafor for 21st on Duke’s all-time list. • Okafor’s 20+ rebound performance is the 29th time a Blue Devil recorded 20 or more boards in a game. • Two or more Duke freshmen scored double digits in a game for the seventh time this season (Okafor-25, Winslow-12).