No. 5 Duke (8-2, 0-1) vs. North Carolina (6-4, 0-0)
March 30, 2018 | 5 p.m. | ESPNU
Durham, N.C. | Koskinen Stadium
Setting the Scene
- Duke looks to bounce back at home Friday night against an unranked North Carolina team.
- The Blue Devils are 8-2 and ranked fifth after the one-goal setback to Syracuse.
- North Carolina is 6-4 and has lost four straight. This will be the Tar Heels’ ACC opener.
The Series History
- Duke and North Carolina are meeting for the 74th time in the programs’ histories. The Tar Heels lead the series 41-32 overall, but Duke is 15-4 since 2007.
- Four of the past five meetings have been decided by a single goal with the Tar Heels going 3-1.
Tale of the Tape
|EMO||12-20 (.600)||16-32 (.500)|
|Man Down||22-29 (.759)||19-27 (.704)|
|Clears||163-182 (.896)||148-166 (.892)|
|Faceoff %||115-250 (.460)||113-245 (.461)|
By the Numbers
4 – Of the past five meetings between Duke and North Carolina that have been decided by a single goal
.600 – Duke’s success rate on man-up opportunities this season, third nationally and the best percentage after 10 games under head coach John Danowski
5.33 – Justin Guterding’s career points per game average against the Tar Heels, just above his overall career average of 4.57
10.70 – Turnovers per game for the Tar Heels, the fewest in the ACC and ranks fourth nationally
17.00 – Turnovers per game average for Duke’s opponents this season
297 – Career points for senior Justin Guterding, good for third on the Duke scoring chart
65 – Straight games with a point for senior Justin Guterding, the longest among Division I players
99-18 – Duke’s home record under head coach John Danowski
Looking at Duke
- Duke looks to bounce back this weekend after dropping a tough one-goal loss to Syracuse, 15-14, last Saturday. The Blue Devils are ranked fifth nationally and sport an 8-2 overall record with both losses coming by a goal.
- Senior attackman Justin Guterding headlines one of the nation’s top offenses with 33 goals and 26 assists for 59 points. Rookie Joe Robertson complements him on attack with 30 points. In the midfield, junior Brad Smith has 31 points and graduate student Peter Conley has chipped in 26.
- Defensively, Duke has been outstanding in holding opponents to just 7.90 goals and only 28.2 shots per game. The Blue Devils have held opponents without a goal for 15-plus minutes 14 times this season. Cade Van Raaphorst and JT Giles-Harris anchor the close defense with 12 and 14 caused turnovers, respectively. In goal, Danny Fowler sports a 8.06 goals against average and a .563 save percentage.
- Joe Stein is the main draw man, sporting a .564 win percentage (62-of-110). Brian Smyth also has taken over 100 draws and is 49-of-121 (.405). They have 27 and 20 ground balls, respectively.
Scouting North Carolina
- North Carolina comes to Durham looking to find its winning ways after dropping its fourth straight game against Maryland last weekend. The Tar Heels last won March 3 against St. John’s.
- Chris Cloutier headlines the offense with 25 goals and 31 points overall. He is riding a 30-game goal streak. Andy Matthews has a team-best 19 assists and William Perry owns 16 goals to complement Cloutier. The Tar Heels are averaging 10.90 goals per game and have only scored double digits once in the past five outings.
- Defensively, North Carolina is allowing 10.50 goals per game and has allowed 10-plus tallies in each of the past four losses. William McBride leads the team with nine caused turnovers and 20 ground balls. Ryan Macri has five in his 10 starts on defense.
- At the faceoff X, Charles Kelly has taken the majority of draws, winning 74-of-144 (.514) and picking up 28 ground balls. Riley Graham has lined up for 65 restarts and won 26.
- In goal, Jack Pezzulla has started seven games and owns a 10.21 goals against average and a .452 save percentage. Alex Bassil earned the start versus Maryland and has played 125 minutes overall this season. He has a 10.53 goals against average and a .511 save percentage.
Home Sweet Home for the Blue Devils
- Duke has fared well in the comfy confines of Koskinen Stadium since 2007. The Blue Devils went 7-2 in Durham last season and are 99-18 all-time at home under John Danowski.
Blue Devils vs. North Carolina
- Only five current Blue Devils have played multiple games against North Carolina in their careers with Justin Guterding, Greg Pelton and Danny Fowler playing for a fourth time. Justin Guterding leads all scorers with 16 points in his three games. Three other Blue Devils have two goals apiece.
- This will be Danny Fowler’s fourth starting assignment between the pipes against the Tar Heels.
|Cade Van Raaphorst||1||-||-||-||3||2||-|
Duke a Force on Both Ends
- Duke has proven it features one of the most complete teams with stalwarts both on offense and defense. The Blue Devils are one of two teams, sharing the honor with Albany, to have their offense and defense ranked among the top five statistically.
Scoring Offense Top Five
Scoring Defense Top Five
|1.||Army West Point||6.63|
Special Teams Remain Special
- The Blue Devils’ man-down defense and man-up offense have been crucial to Duke’s success this season. Duke leads the ACC in both categories and is 16th and third nationally, respectively.
- The Blue Devils are scoring on 60 percent of their extra-man opportunities and killing off 76 percent of their man-down situations. They are one of five programs to have percentages above .500 in both.
|Maryland||1 (.625)||17 (.750)|
|Duke||3 (.600)||16 (.759)|
|Robert Morris||4 (.583)||3 (.840)|
|Fairfield||7 (.533)||14 (.760)|
|Lowell||8 (.529)||2 (.857)|
A Win Over North Carolina Would
- Be head coach John Danowski’s 392nd career win
- Be the program’s 562nd overall victory
- Make Duke 219-129 all-time in the month of March
Danny Fowler Saving Best for Last
- Returning All-ACC goaltender Danny Fowler is having his best year between the pipes. He leads the ACC and is in the top 11 nationally in both goals against average (8.06) and save percentage (.563).
- His 8.50 saves per game are second in the ACC. This is credit to Fowler’s play as well as the efforts of the defense in front of him as Duke’s opponents are getting just 28 shots per game.
Danny Fowler 2017 and 2018 Comparison
Giles-Harris, Van Raaphorst Takeaway Artists
- The duo of sophomore JT Giles-Harris and junior Cade Van Raaphorst at close defense is a scary sight for opposing attackmen. They lead the Blue Devils in caused turnovers with 14 and 12, respectively. Duke is the lone ACC program to have two players ranked among the top 65 nationally in caused turnovers per game.
- Giles-Harris stands at 38th (1.40) and Van Raaphorst at 62nd (1.20). The Blue Devils are one of 16 teams in the country to have at least two players represented in the top 65 in the category and one of three top-25 teams – the others being No. 13 Robert Morris and No. 17 Vermont.
- Duke hits the road for its next two games, starting with Notre Dame, April 7 at 4 p.m., on ESPNU.