Duke (5-0) vs Montana (2-1) Game Notes


•  Game 6  •

[10 AP/5 Coaches] Duke (5-0) vs. Montana (2-1)

Sunday, November 23, 2008  •  1:06 PM ET  •  FSNS/NESN

Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)  •  Durham, N.C.


Game Quick Facts

TV: FSNS/NESN; Mike Hogewood (play-by-play), Mike Gminski (analyst).

Radio: Duke Radio Network (flagship WDNC 620 AM in Durham); Bob Harris (play-by-play), John Roth (analyst) and Matthew Laurance (sideline).

All-time Series: Sunday’s game marks the first meeting between the two schools.


                                       Mike Krzyzewski

   Overall Record: 808-267 (34th year)

      Duke Record: 735-208 (29th year)

                                      vs. Montana: 0-0


                                            Wayne Tinkle

        Overall Record: 31-31 (third year)

     Montana Record: 31-31 (third year)


Blue Devil Bits

l Duke is 5-0 on the year, marking the 34th time in school history and the fourth straight year it has opened the season with five straight wins.

l The Blue Devils are ranked 10th in the AP poll and fifth in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll.

l The Blue Devils have been ranked in 22 consecutive AP polls.

l Duke posted wins over Presbyterian (80-49), Georgia Southern (97-54), Southern Illinois (83-58) and Michigan (71-56) en route to winning the 2008 2K Sports Classic. The Blue Devils have now won 10 of the 18 major in-season tournaments they have played in.

l Sophomore Kyle Singler was named the 2K Sports Classic Most Valuable Player after averaging 16.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. Singler was also named the tournament MVP at the Maui Invitational last season.

l Junior Gerald Henderson was named to the 2K Sports All-Tournament team after averaging 12.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in four contests. He scored a season-high 20 points (all in the second half) in Duke’s semifinal win over Southern Illinois.

l Nolan Smith scored a season-high 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line against Michigan. He made all six field goal attempts inside the three-point arc and added five rebounds and four assists in the championship game.


Numbers Game

l Sunday’s contest marks the 800th game Duke will play as a ranked team under Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils are 655-144 when ranked under Coach K.

l Duke has won 62 straight non-conference home games.

l Duke is 1-0 against teams currently in the Big Sky. The Blue Devils topped Portland State 89-39 on Dec. 30, 1997.

l The Blue Devils have won 47 straight home games in November, dating back to a 76-75 double-overtime loss to Vanderbilt on Nov. 28, 1981. Duke is 48-1 under Coach K in November home games.

l Duke is 108-16 all-time in the month of November, including a 94-10 mark under Coach K.

l The Blue Devils have won 14 straight games in November and are 45-2 in the month since 1997-98.

l Duke is 266-52 this decade, more wins than any other team in the NCAA.

l Duke has outrebounded four of its first five opponents. The Blue Devils have outrebounded the opposition by 12.2 rebounds per game, including a +3.2 edge on the offensive glass.

l Sophomore Kyle Singler is averaging 8.2 free throw attempts per game this season. He is 32-of-41 (.780) from the foul line. Last year, Singler averaged just 3.1 free throw attempts per game.

l Four Blue Devils are averaging in double figures. Kyle Singler (17.4 ppg.), Jon Scheyer (12.8), Nolan Smith (12.4) and Gerald Henderson (11.8) are each scoring 10 or more points per game.

l Duke is averaging 25.8 made free throws per game this season. The Blue Devils have made 38 more free throws than their opponents have attempted.

l The Blue Devils scored 54 points in the second half against Southern Illinois for their largest scoring output in a half this season. Duke was 12-of-23 (.522) from the field, including 5-of-9 (.556) from three-point range, over the final 20 minutes of play.

l Lance Thomas has made nine of his last 10 free throws after opening the season 3-of-13 (.231) from the foul line.

l Kyle Singler has led Duke in assists in each of the last three games. During that stretch he has 12 of his team-high 16 assists.

l Duke has outrebounded the opposition in four of five games this season. The Blue Devils have grabbed 40 or more rebounds in a game four times.

l The Blue Devils have limited four of its first five opponents under 60 points. Duke is allowing just 59.2 points per game this season.