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Game Notes: 2018-19 Season Recap
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/10/2019
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  • The 114th season of Duke Basketball saw the Blue Devils win the program’s 21st ACC Championship, finish the season as the No. 1-ranked team in the final Associated Press poll, win 32 games, reach the NCAA Tournament for the 24th consecutive season and advance to the Elite Eight for the 22nd time.

 

  • The Blue Devils were the No. 1-overall seed in the NCAA Tournament -- the 30th time earning a top-three seed since 1985 to lead the NCAA -- five more than the closest team (Kansas, 25).

 

  • Duke’s 21 ACC Tournament titles extend a league record, three more than North Carolina and 11 more than NC State.

 

  • Duke, Kansas and Gonzaga are the only programs to have won 25 or more games in each of the last 12 seasons. Duke reached the 30-win mark for the 15th time under head coach Mike Krzyzewski, to extend an NCAA record.

 

  • The Blue Devils finished as the AP No. 1-ranked team for the eighth time in program history -- all coming under Coach K. In the Coach K era, Duke’s eight appearances at No. 1 in the final AP Poll are the most nationally, three more than North Carolina in that span.

 

  • Coach K surpassed UCLA legend John Wooden this season for most weeks ranked No. 1 by a coach (124) and most times ranked No. 1 in the final poll (eight).

 

  • Duke weathered one of the nation’s most difficult schedules, posting more wins over AP top 10 teams (five) and AP top five teams (four) than any other team.

 

  • Freshman teammates Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett were the program’s 23rd and 24th consensus first-team All-America selections, becoming the first set of freshman teammates in NCAA history to be consensus first-team All-Americans in the same season.

 

  • Barrett and Williamson also made NCAA history as the first freshman teammates to each average 20 points in a season. The duo tied for the ACC lead at 22.6 points per game.

 

  • Williamson and Barrett each garnered National Player of the Year honors, with Barrett winning the USA Today award, and Williamson earning the AP, Sporting News, Basketball Times, NABC, John R. Wooden, Oscar Robertson and Citizen Naismith awards.

 

  • Coach K has now mentored 34 players who have combined for 48 All-America honors, while coaching 10 players who have combined for 12 National Player of the Year awards.

 

  • Williamson was the third player in ACC history to sweep the Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year awards, and became the ACC’s first freshman to win Player of the Year and Tournament MVP in the same season.

 

  • Barrett broke a myriad of ACC and program records during his All-America campaign, finishing as both the ACC and Duke freshman all-time scoring leader with 860 points. He is second on Duke’s list for single-season points, behind the 941 points that J.J. Redick scored as a senior in 2006.

 

  • Barrett also set the Duke record for minutes played by a freshman (1,341), and broke the single-season Cameron Indoor Stadium scoring record with 402 points in 18 home games. Barrett was the only Blue Devil to start all 38 games.

 

  • Each averaging 22.6 points per game, Barrett and Williamson became the first freshman teammates in NCAA history to each average 20.0+ points in the same season. They tied for the ACC lead in scoring, and tied Duke’s single-season freshman scoring average record.

 

  • Freshman Tre Jones set the overall Duke single-season record with a 3.62 assist-to-turnover ratio. He ranked third in the NCAA this season in assist-to-turnover ratio.

 

  • Jones (honorable mention) and Cam Reddish (honorable mention) joined Williamson (first team) and Barrett (first team) as All-ACC honorees.

 

  • Duke’s 2018-19 freshman class combined to score 2,432 points this season -- the highest-scoring freshman class in program history. This class was the second-highest of any class at Duke behind only the 2001-02 juniors (2,454).

 

  • Junior captain Jack White became the 94th Blue Devil to earn Academic All-ACC honors. White was also a first-team Academic All-District pick.


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