As a Team • With Saturday’s result, Duke has opened the month of December with a win for the seventh straight year and owns an overall record of 192-27 when competing in December under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. • Duke used the starting lineup of Jayson Tatum, Matt Jones, Chase Jeter, 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. • Duke has scored over 70 points in nine straight games to open a season for the second time in three years and the 15th time under Krzyzewski. • Duke’s record against Maine moved to 1-0. • The Blue Devils improved to 84-26 all-time when competing as the fifth-ranked team in the nation. • Duke extended its non-conference home win streak to 131 games.
Coach Krzyzewski’s Numbers • The result moved Mike Krzyzewski’s all-time record to 1,051-322 and his record at Duke to 978-263. • The Blue Devils improved to 81-4 under Krzyzewski when shooting 60.0 percent or better from the floor.
Blue Devils on the Glass • Duke brought down 49 rebounds, including 13 on the offensive end. The Blue Devils have posted double-digit offensive boards in six straight games. Duke is a perfect 8-0 this year when hauling in 10-or-more offensive boards. • Duke outrebounded Maine, 49-22, the largest rebounding margin for the Blue Devils this season. Duke is outrebounding its opponents by an average of 8.2 rpg. this year. • Graduate student Amile Jefferson hauled in nine boards, bringing his career total to 739, just 17 away from breaking into the top 20 on Duke’s all-time career list. • Sophomore Luke Kennard tied with freshman Jayson Tatum for the second-most rebounds in the contest, with eight. Kennard is averaging 7.6 rpg. in the last five contests. • Duke’s 36 defensive rebounds are the second most this season.
Duke’s Offensive Output • Luke Kennard netted a career-high 35 points on 11-of-16 (.688) shooting and accounted for Duke’s first nine points in the contest. Kennard posted his second career 30+ point game, with Duke owning a 1-1 record when he scores 30+ points. Kennard’s 35-point effort is the first time a Blue Devil scored 30+ points since Grayson Allen netted 30 against Wake Forest March 1, 2016. • Kennard also connected on 4-of-9 (.444) three-pointers, his ninth straight game this season with at least one made three-point field goal. • Amile Jefferson scored a career-high 20 points. Jefferson has scored 10-or-more points in eight straight games and is averaging 15.9 ppg. over that stretch. • With Kennard scoring 35 points and Jefferson netting 20, two Blue Devils reached at least 20 points in a contest for the second-straight game after junior Grayson Allen (24) and Kennard (20) each posted 20-or-more points against Michigan State (Nov. 29, 2016). • The Blue Devils scored 44 points in the paint against Maine, bringing their season total to 336 points scored in the lane. Forty-four percent of Duke’s points have come in the paint this season. Duke has posted at least 30 points in the paint in all nine games this year. • Duke went into the break with a 46-32 lead, marking the fifth time this season the Blue Devils scored at least 40 points in the opening half. • The Blue Devils shot 33-of-55 (.600) from the field, the first time this season Duke connected on at least 60.0 percent of its shots. • Duke hit 6-of-14 (.429) three-point field goal attempts, the team’s highest three-point percentage this season. • Sophomore Antonio Vrankovic matched a career-high with eight points, while shooting 4-of-5 (.800) from the field. Vrankovic’s four made field goals are a career high.
Duke on the Defensive End • Duke held Maine to just 30.4 percent (21-of-69) shooting from the field, the fifth game this season a Duke opponent failed to shoot 40.0 percent or better from the floor. Duke is 5-0 in such contests. • Luke Kennard saw his third-straight game with a block, the second time in his career he had a block in three-straight contests. • Seven different Blue Devils posted at least one block, with Duke registering eight as a team. The Blue Devils have posted eight blocks in a contest twice this season, with the last eight-block game coming against Grand Canyon (Nov. 12, 2016).
Fresh Faces • Jayson Tatum made the first start of his collegiate career, netting 10 points and collecting eight rebounds. • Freshman Marques Bolden also saw action for the first time this season, recording seven points on 3-of-5 (.600) shooting, while also hauling in five boards and posting a block.