As a Team • The Blue Devils moved to 2-2 when facing UNLV following Saturday’s result. • Duke used the starting lineup of Chase Jeter, Grayson Allen, Luke Kennard, Matt Jones and Amile Jefferson for the fifth time this season and owns a 4-1 record with those five players on the floor to start the game. • Duke has scored over 70 points in 11 straight games to open a season for the first time since the 2010-11 campaign, when the Blue Devils posted 15-straight 70+ point games. • The Blue Devils improved to 85-26 all-time when competing as the fifth-ranked team in the nation. • Duke improved to 5-0 this season when netting at least 90 points in a contest. • The Blue Devils’ 49-point margin of victory is the largest of the season, besting the previous high of 45, which came against Marist in the season-opener. • Duke has scored 90-or-more points in five of its first 11 games for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign and is averaging 86.3 ppg. this season.
Coach Krzyzewski’s Numbers • The result moved head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s all-time record to 1,053-322 and his record at Duke to 980-263. • Duke is 48-0 all-time under Krzyzewski when holding opponents to less than 30.0 percent shooting from the field.
Blue Devils on the Glass • Graduate student Amile Jefferson collected 12 boards, bringing his career total to 766, moving him into 20th on Duke’s all-time career list. • Duke collected 40 rebounds, the fourth game this season with 40-or-more boards.
Duke’s Offensive Output • Junior Grayson Allen concluded the game with a career-high 34 points on 12-of-16 (.750) shooting, his fourth 20-point game of the season and the 24th of his career, as well as his fifth career 30-point game. Duke is 20-4 when Allen nets at least 20 points. • Allen’s 12 made field goals are a career high. • Amile Jefferson recorded 10 points on 4-of-6 (.667) shooting, marking his 10th-straight double-digit scoring game. • Jefferson’s 10-point, 12-rebound performance marked his sixth double-double of the season and the 14th of his career. Duke is 12-2 when Jefferson posts a double-double. • The Blue Devils scored a season-high 50 points in the paint against UNLV, bringing their season total to 422 points scored in the lane. Forty-five percent of Duke’s points have come in the paint this season. Duke has posted at least 30 points in the paint in all 11 games this year. • Sophomore Luke Kennard connected on 2-of-5 (.400) three-pointers, his 11th straight game with at least one made three. • Kennard also dished four assists, bringing his season total to 36. Kennard reached 36 assists in the 28th game of last season’s campaign. • Duke went into the break with a 42-26 lead, the seventh time this season, and the third-straight game, the Blue Devils scored at least 40 points before halftime. Duke is 7-0 when netting at least 40 points in the opening half. • Duke shot 10-of-22 (.455) from beyond the arc, the best shooting from three-point range for the Blue Devils this season. • Jefferson contributed five assists, his second five-assist game this year. His 24 assists this season rank fourth on the team this season.
Duke on the Defensive End • Duke forced UNLV into committing 21 turnovers (including 13 in the first half), the team’s ninth game forcing an opponent into at least 10 turnovers. The Blue Devils are 8-1 in such contests. • Duke converted UNLV’s 21 turnovers into 22 points. The Blue Devils’ 22 points off turnovers matched the second most of the season. • Luke Kennard registered three steals in the contest, matching a career high. • Duke held UNLV to just 29.6 percent shooting (16-of-54) from the field, the second time this season a Duke opponent failed to shoot at least 30.0 percent from the floor. Duke is 2-0 this season when holding opponents to under 30.0 percent shooting. • UNLV scored 45 points, the fewest by a Duke opponent this season, and the lowest score total by Blue Devil opposition since Presbyterian netted 44 Nov. 14, 2014.
Fresh Faces • Jayson Tatum recorded his third straight double-digit scoring game, netting 13 points on 5-of-11 (.455) shooting. Tatum also earned two blocks and three assists, both career highs. Tatum’s two steals also matched a career high.