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Duke Heads to Midwest to Face Off with Marquette
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/22/2017
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Game 14
No. 4 Duke (10-3) at Marquette (6-5)
April 22, 2017 | 1 p.m. (ET) | CBS Sports Network
Milwaukee, Wis. | Valley Fields

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Setting the Scene

  • Duke is 10-3 overall and 3-1 in ACC play after a commanding 20-11 victory over No. 18 Virginia.
  • The Blue Devils are ranked fourth nationally on the strength of their recent 8-1 stretch.
  • Marquette is 6-5 overall after losing to Providence last weekend. The Golden Eagles have been in and out of the top 20 all season.

The Series History

  • Duke and Marquette are meeting for the fifth time with the Blue Devils holding a 4-0 lead.
  • The Blue Devils are winning by an average of 12.25 goals per game.
  • Duke is averaging 17.5 goals per game in the four meetings and giving up an average of 5.25 goals.

Tale of the Tape

Category Duke MU
Shots/Game 37.6 35.5
Goals/Game 13.08 9.82
Assists/Game 8.38 4.45
Points/Game 21.5 14.3
Shot% .348 .276
GAA 8.22 8.15
GBs/Game 29.7 26.7
EMO 17-34 (.500) 13-37 (.351)
Man Down 27-38 (.711) 24-32 (.750)
Clears 201-229 (.878) 150-171 (.877)
Faceoff % 173-324 (.534) 128-237 (.540)

By the Numbers
4.85 – Duke’s scoring margin this season, the best in the ACC and second nationally and best by a Duke team since the 2014 squad sported a 5.20 differential

755 – Faceoff wins for Duke’s Kyle Rowe - third among active players and 10th in NCAA Division I history and five from the No. 9 spot

121 – Combined points by Bruckner and Guterding, 43 percent of Duke’s total of 279 this season

5.23 – Points per game for Justin Guterding in 2017, which at the moment would the highest season points per game average of a Blue Devil in single season history

8.23 – Goals allowed per game by the Blue Devils in 2017, ranking 11th nationally, and the lowest by a Duke team since 2009

8.18 – Marquette’s scoring defense this season, 10th nationally

12.9 – Average number of shots allowed by the Blue Devils in the first halves of this 8-1 stretch

7.77 – Duke’s goals against average in the past nine games, giving up double digit goals twice

.550 – Save percentage for Marquette goaltender Cole Blazer, second in the BIG EAST and 14th nationally

Duke Secures No. 2 Seed in ACC Tournament

  • The Blue Devils clinched the second seed in the upcoming ACC Championship with the win over Virginia coupled with North Carolina’s loss to Syracuse.
  • Duke will be the No. 2 seed for the sixth time and the first since 2014. The Blue Devils are 7-3 as the second seed and captured the 2002 and 2009 titles from that position.
  • Duke will go up against the winner of the North Carolina and Notre Dame game to be played Saturday in Notre Dame.
  • The ACC Tournament will be held in Durham April 28 and 30. All three games will be aired on ESPNU.

Last Time Out

  • Attackmen Jack Bruckner and Justin Guterding combined for 12 goals and six assists as No. 9 Duke celebrated Senior Day at Koskinen Stadium with a 20-11 victory over No. 18 Virginia last Saturday.
  • Bruckner finished the day with six goals and two assists while Guterding logged six tallies and four helpers to match his career-high 10 points. Also posting multiple point totals for the Blue Devils were CJ Carpenter (2 goals), Matthew Giampetroni (1 goal & 1 assist), Sean Lowrie (2 assists), Mitch Russell (1 goal & 1 assist), Brad Smith (2 assists) and Reilly Walsh (1 goal & 1 assist).
  • Danny Fowler finished the day with 11 total saves while Kyle Rowe won 15-of-26 draws and picked up eight ground balls at the faceoff X. Ethan Powley spearheaded Duke’s defensive effort with two caused turnovers and four ground balls.

Last Time We Met

  • Jack Bruckner scored four goals and the Blue Devil defense held 15th-ranked Marquette without a goal over the final 53:36 for a 16-1 victory over Marquette.
  • Marquette entered the game with the top-ranked defensive unit in the country, allowing just 6.54 goals per contest, but the Blue Devils managed five markers in the opening period and added four more tallies for a 9-1 halftime lead.
  • Duke’s Justin Guterding finished the night with three goals and three assists.
  • The Blue Devil defense was spearheaded by goalkeepers Danny Fowler (6 saves, 1 goal allowed in 41:23) and Luke Aaron (6 saves, 0 goals allowed in 18:37) as the Golden Eagles scored just once on 25 total shots. Marquette’s lone tally of the night – a goal by Kyran Clarke – came at the 8:36 mark of the opening quarter. The one goal allowed by the Blue Devils marked the fewest Duke has surrendered since a 16-1 triumph over Bellarmine on February 28, 2006.

Scouting Marquette

  • Marquette enters the weekend with a 6-5 overall record and is coming off of a 9-7 loss to Providence last weekend. The Golden Eagles have been in and out of the top 20 all season. They feature one of the nation’s top defenses in allowing just 8.18 goals per game.
  • Ryan McNamara is the top points producer for Marquette with 27 (15g, 12a), while Tanner Thomson and Andy DeMichiei both have 22 apiece. The Golden Eagles average only 9.82 goals per game on 35.5 shots per game.
  • Noah Richard leads the defensive effort with nine caused turnovers and 34 ground balls. Zachary Melillo mans the faceoff X, winning 57 percent (106-of-185) of his draws and picking up 45 ground balls.
  • In goal, Cole Blazer has played all but 29 minutes and owns an 8.06 goals against average and a .550 save percentage. He is averaging 9.45 saves per game.

In common

  • Duke and Marquette share five common opponents with Marquette going 3-2 in the five outings and Duke 4-1.
Opponent Duke Marquette
Jacksonville W, 13-6 W, 17-1
Richmond W, 9-8 L, 2-9
Georgetown W, 12-7 W, 11-10
Air Force L, 10-11 W, 7-6
Notre Dame W, 11-8 L, 10-11

A Win over Marquette Would

  • Be head coach John Danowski’s 381st career win
  • Be the program’s 551st overall victory
  • Make Duke 183-177 all-time in the month of April

What Gives

  • The Golden Eagles features one of the nation’s top defenses, sporting an 8.18 goals against average. Marquette has allowed double digit goals in three games, with the most being 11 in a recent loss to Notre Dame, which Duke held to eight tallies.
  • On the other end of the field, Duke is averaging 13.08 goals per game. The Blue Devils have scored 10-plus goals in all but three games and most recently had 20 against Virginia.

Another Weekly Award for a Blue Devil

  • For the third straight week, a Blue Devil took home at least one of the ACC weekly honors as Justin Guterding collected his first Offensive Player of the Week award after tallying 10 points in Duke’s win over Virginia.
  • Overall, the Blue Devils have collected six weekly honors, second behind North Carolina’s seven. Syracuse, Virginia and Notre dame all have five apiece. Five different Blue Devils have garnered a weekly nod this season, the most of any ACC team.

March 13: Jack Bruckner, Duke & Zed Williams, Virginia
April 10: Jack Bruckner, Duke
April 17: Justin Guterding , Duke

Feb. 27: Cade Van Raaphorst, Duke & Garrett Epple, Notre Dame
March 13: Danny Fowler, Duke
April 3: Kyle Rowe, Duke & Scott Firman, Syracuse
April 10: Danny Fowler, Duke & Stephen Kelly, UNC

Duke Defense One of Best Under Danowski

  • Duke’s 2017 defensive performance through 13 games has proven to be one of the Blue Devils’ finest since head coach John Danowski took the reins in 2007.
  • Duke’s current 8.23 goals against average is the best for a Danowski-coached Duke squad since the 2009 team sported a 7.85 GAA.
  • The Blue Devils’ talented 2007, 2008 and 2009 teams all had goals against averages under eight. In Duke’s three national championship seasons (2010, 2013, 2014), the Blue Devils allowed 8.92, 9.54 and 9.00 goals per game, respectively, through the first 13 games of the season.

First Half Defense

  • The combination of Duke’s defense excelling and the offense clicking of late, has allowed the Blue Devils to build solid first-half leads.
  • The Blue Devils are holding its past nine opponents to an average of 12.9 shots and 3.67 goals in the first half, while compiling nearly 20 and seven of their own, respectively, in the first 30 minutes.

Up Next

  • The Blue Devils return to Koskinen Stadium for the ACC Championship next weekend. Duke is the No. 2 seed and will face either North Carolina or Notre Dame. All games will be televised by ESPNU.
  • The semifinals are at 6 and 8:30 p.m., Friday and the title game is at 12 p.m., Sunday.