Team Notes: ¨ Duke won its fifth game in a row and will move on to the NIT Season Tip-Off championship game against No. 4 Arizona Friday at 9:30 p.m. in Madison Square Garden. The win was Duke’s 26 consecutive in-season tournament victory and the program’s ¨ Duke shot over 80.0 percent from the free throw line for the second straight game, hitting 24-of-29 (.828) foul shots against Alabama. Duke has shot over 70.0 percent from the line in five straight games. ¨ Alabama entered the game shooting 52.4 percent, but Duke held the Crimson Tide to a season-low 40.4 clip for the game. Alabama had shot over 47.0 percent in every this season. ¨ The Blue Devils drew four charges in the first half. ¨ For the sixth time in Duke’s seven games, the Blue Devils surrendered less than six three-point field goals. Alabama shot just 2-of-12 (.167) from the three-point line for Duke’s second best three-point defense performance of the season. ¨ Duke used the starting lineup of Quinn Cook, Josh Hairston, Rodney Hood, Jabari Parker and Tyler Thornton for the first time this season. Cook, Hood and Parker have started every game this season. ¨ Duke had a double-figure scorer off the bench for the sixth time in the past seven games. Freshman Matt Jones scored 13 points in 16 minutes of action. ¨ Duke scored 33 points in the first half, marking the first half all season in which Duke failed to score at least 40 points. Duke scored 41 points in the second half against Alabama. ¨ Head coach Mike Krzyzewski improved to 963-298 (.764) overall and 890-239 (.788) at Duke. Krzyzewski is the all-time NCAA Division I leader in wins and ranks second in wins at one school behind Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim. ¨ Duke played its 219th straight game as a top-10 team. The Blue Devils are 182-37 (.831) in those games.
Quinn Cook ¨ Made his 41st consecutive start, the longest active streak on the team. ¨ Scored in double figures for the fourth straight game and sixth time this season. Cook poured in 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting. ¨ Matched a season high with three made three-pointers and set a season high with a 3-of-4 (.750) shooting performance from beyond the arc. ¨ Did not come off the court the entire game, playing all 40 minutes.
Rodney Hood ¨ Failed to score in double figures for the first time this season, finishing with eight points on 3-of-8 shooting. Hood’s night ended early when he picked up his fifth foul with 3:17 remaining, fouling out for the first time in his Duke career. ¨ Hit a three-pointer for the fourth straight game, finishing 1-of-3 from behind the arc. ¨ Registered a career-high three steals.
Matt Jones ¨ Recorded his first career double-figure scoring game, totaling a career-high 13 points on 3-of-5 shooting. Jones sank 5-of-7 free throws as well as 2-of-3 three-pointers, all career highs. ¨ During a stretch of four possessions in the first half, hit back-to-back three-pointers, grabbed a defensive rebound and an offensive rebound.
Jabari Parker ¨ Matched a career high with 27 points and became the second player in Duke history to open a season with seven consecutive 20-point games. The only other Blue Devil to accomplish that feat was Art Heyman, who had 10 straight 20-point games to open the 1961-62 season. ¨ Parker is the first Division I freshman since Kevin Durant (Texas, 2006-07) to score 20 points in each of his first seven games. The seven consecutive 20-point games are the most by a freshman over the past decade. ¨ Did not attempt a three-pointer, marking the first game of his college career in which he did not hit a three-point shot. ¨ Sank 9-of-10 free throws to set career highs in free throws made and attempted as well as free throw percentage. ¨ Led the team in rebounding for the sixth straight game. Parker has at least eight rebounds in every game during that stretch and averages a team-high 8.7 for the season. ¨ Scored nine of 13 points during a 13-2 Duke run in the first half. His scoring outburst turned a two-point Duke lead into a 13-point Duke lead. ¨ Recorded a block and a steal for the sixth straight game.
Tyler Thornton ¨ Recorded a career-high five steals. ¨ Started and played 32 minutes off the bench. The start was Thornton’s third of the season.
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