Duke 75, Rhode Island 65
As a Team
• The Blue Devils moved to 4-1 on the season with Sunday’s result, marking the 32nd time under head coach Mike Krzyzewski and the 74th time in program history the Blue Devils began a season with four-or-more wins through the first five games. Duke has also won four of its first five games for the 17th straight season.
• Duke used the starting lineup of Grayson Allen, Matt Jones, Frank Jackson, Amile Jefferson and Luke Kennard for the first time this season and owns a 1-0 record with those five players on the floor to start the game.
• The Blue Devils moved to 4-0 when facing Rhode Island.
• Duke now sits at 7-1 in contests against the No. 21 team in the country.
• Duke scored at least 70 points for the fifth straight game, marking the third time in four years Duke has eclipsed the 70-point mark in each of its first five games of a season. The Blue Devils are averaging 83.6 points per game this year.
Coach Krzyzewski’s Numbers
• The result moved Krzyzewski’s all-time record to 1,047-322 and his record at Duke to 974-263.
• The Blue Devils are 190-52 when facing a non-conference opponent at a neutral site under Krzyzewski.
Blue Devils on the Glass
• Duke brought down 36 rebounds, including 11 on the offensive end. The Blue Devils have posted double-digit offensive boards in back-to-back games for the second time this season. Duke is a perfect 4-0 this season when hauling in 10-or-more offensive boards.
• Graduate student Amile Jefferson collected 15 rebounds, matching a career high, his second straight game with double-digit boards. Jefferson last registered back-to-back games with at least 10 rebounds during the 2015-16 campaign (Kentucky – Nov. 17, 2015 and Bryant – Nov. 14, 2015). The Blue Devils are 17-2 when Jefferson collects double-digit boards.
Duke’s Offensive Output
• Junior Grayson Allen netted 10 points, giving him 1,007 for his career. Allen is the 65th Blue Devil in program history to reach 1,000 points for his career. Allen’s 1,007 points rank 64th on Duke’s all-time scoring list.
• Sophomore Luke Kennard shot 4-of-5 (.800) from beyond the arc, his fifth straight game with two-or-more three-point field goals made. Kennard is shooting 13-of-25 (.520) from beyond the arc this season and leads Duke in scoring with 18.2 ppg.
• Kennard led Duke’s scoring efforts, netting a season-high 24 points. Duke moved to 3-3 with Kennard as its leading scorer and 5-4 when he scores over 20 points.
• Amile Jefferson ended the game with 17 points to go along with his 15 rebounds to register his second double-double of the season and the 10th of his career. Duke is 8-2 when Jefferson posts a double-double.
• Jefferson scored 10-or-more points in his fourth straight game, the longest double-digit scoring streak of his career. Jefferson also posted an eight-field goal performance, tying a career high.
• The Blue Devils scored 38 points in the paint against Rhode Island, bringing their season total to 182 points scored in the lane. Forty-four percent of Duke’s points have come in the paint this season.
• Duke shot 88.2 percent (15-of-17) from the charity stripe, the team’s best shooting percentage from the free-throw line this season.
Duke on the Defensive End
• The Blue Devil defense held Rhode Island to just 27.3 percent (3-of-11) shooting from beyond the arc. Duke opponents are connecting on just 17-of-86 (.198) this season from three-point range.
• Duke held Rhode Island to just 26 first-half points. The Blue Devils are allowing teams to score just 27.2 points per game in the opening half this season.
• Freshman Frank Jackson, making his first career start, posted his fifth straight double-digit scoring game after netting 11 points.