As a Team • The Blue Devils moved to 13-2 overall and 1-1 against ACC opponents with Wednesday’s result. • Duke’s record against Georgia Tech now sits at 71-23 following Wednesday’s contest, including 35-5 when competing at home. • Duke earned a victory to start the calendar year for the third straight season and the 20th time in 21 years. • The 53-point margin of victory was the fifth largest in conference history, and most since Duke defeated Virginia, 136-72 (64-point margin of victory) Feb. 11, 1965. • The Blue Devils scored at least 70 points for the 14th game this season, marking the fourth straight year Duke posted at least 70 points in 14 of its first 15 games. • Duke used the starting lineup of Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles, Grayson Allen, Luke Kennard and Amile Jefferson 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 77-18 all-time when competing as the eighth-ranked team in the nation. • Duke scored 61 first-half points, the most in either half of a game this season for the Blue Devils.
Coach Krzyzewski’s Numbers • The result moved head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s all-time record to 1,056-323 and his record at Duke to 983-264. • Duke improved to 114-2 under Krzyzewski when scoring at least 100 points in a contest. Duke last scored 100 points Dec. 30, 2015 against Long Beach State.
Blue Devils on the Glass • Graduate student Amile Jefferson collected seven boards, bringing his career total to 810, good for the 18th-most rebounds on Duke’s all-time career list and seven shy of tying Bob Fleischer (1973-75) for 17th. • Duke outrebounded Georgia Tech, 49-31, the 12th game this season the Blue Devils collected more rebounds than their opponent. Duke is 11-1 this season and 631-70 under Mike Krzyzewski when bringing down more rebounds than the opposition. • Freshman Harry Giles hauled in a career-high 12 rebounds, the most by a Duke freshman since Brandon Ingram posted a 14-rebound game Dec. 15, 2015 against Georgia Southern.
Duke’s Offensive Output • Sophomore Luke Kennard connected on 6-of-7 (.857) attempts from the field and 4-of-5 (.800) attempts from beyond the arc, his 18th consecutive game with at least one three-pointer (dating back to last season) and his seventh straight game with at least two made three-pointers. Kennard is shooting 23-of-41 (.561) from three-point range over the team’s last seven games. • Seven different players scored in double digits - Jayson Tatum (19), Kennard (16), Grayson Allen (15), Frank Jackson (15), Amile Jefferson (14), Matt Jones (14) and Harry Giles (10) - the first time five-or-more Blue Devils scored double-digit points since the team faced Appalachian State Nov. 26, 2016. • Tatum led all Blue Devil scorers with 19 points on 8-of-15 (.533) shooting, the first time he has led Duke in scoring this season. • In addition to his 15 points, Allen also dished a team-high seven assists, his third game of the season, and the 16th of his career, with five-or-more assists. Duke is 6-0 this year and 22-6 when he leads the Blue Devils in assists. • The Blue Devils scored 44 points in the paint against Georgia Tech, bringing their season total to 556 points scored in the lane. Forty-four percent of Duke’s points have come in the paint this season. • Duke shot 16-of-31 (.516) from beyond the arc, including 11-of-18 (.611) in the first half. Duke’s 11 first-half three-pointers are a season high. The previous mark stood at seven, which came in the second half of the UNLV (Dec. 10) contest, when the Blue Devils shot 7-of-12 (.583) from beyond the arc. The 61.1 percent shooting performance from beyond the arc to start the game was also a season high, while the 51.6 percent shooting performance for the game is the first time Duke connected on over half its shots from long range this year. • Duke’s 16 made three-pointers are the most since the team hit 16 against Presbyterian Nov. 14, 2014. • The Blue Devil bench scored 36 points, the team’s first double-digit scoring output from the bench since netting 30 against UNLV Dec. 10. The 36 bench points are a season high. • As a team, Duke registered 24 assists, a season high. Previously, the Blue Devils had posted 20 assists against Grand Canyon Nov. 12, 2016.
Duke on the Defensive End • Jayson Tatum recorded four steals, a career high. Tatum has posted at least two steals in five of his last six appearances. • Duke held Georgia Tech to just 2-of-14 (.143) shooting from beyond the arc, the fourth game this season a Blue Devil opponent shot under 20.0 percent from three-point range.
Fresh Faces • Jayson Tatum recorded his seventh straight double-digit scoring game, netting 19 points. • Harry Giles made his first career start, posting a double-double with a career-high 10 points and 12 rebounds (also a career high). Giles is the first Duke freshman to earn a double-double since Brandon Ingram’s 15-point, 11-rebound effort against Wake Forest March 1, 2016. • Freshman Frank Jackson scored 15 points on 5-of-9 (.556) shooting. Jackson also connected on 4-of-7 (.571) three-pointers. His four made threes matched a career high. Jackson’s 15-point effort marked his ninth double-digit scoring game of the season.