Duke at Michigan Men’s Basketball Notes

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•  Game 9  •

[4 AP/4 Coaches] Duke (8-0) vs. Michigan (5-2)

Saturday, December 6, 2008  •  3:30 PM ET  •  ESPN

Crisler Arena (13,751)  •  Ann Arbor, Mich.

Game Quick Facts

TV: ESPN; Dave O’Brien (play-by-play), Jay Bilas (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: Duke leads the all-time series 19-7, with a 13-4 mark under Coach K. The Blue Devils have won seven straight in the series, including a 71-56 win over the Wolverines in the championship game of the 2008 2K Sports Classic earlier this season.

Coaches:

Mike Krzyzewski

Overall Record: 811-267 (34th year)

Duke Record: 738-208 (29th year)

vs. Michigan: 13-4

John Beilein

Overall Record: 491-299 (27th year)

Michigan Record: 15-24 (second year)

vs. Duke: 0-3

Blue Devil Bits

l Duke is 8-0 on the year, marking the 20th time in school history and 15th time under Mike Krzyzewski it has opened the season with eight straight wins. The Blue Devils have started the season with at least eight straight wins in four of the last five years.

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

l Duke has been ranked in the top five of the AP poll 296 times in school history. The Blue Devils are 485-91 (.842) all-time when ranked in the top five.

l Duke is coming off an impressive 76-60  win at ninth-ranked Purdue on Tuesday. The Blue Devils improved to 10-0 all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge with the win as the ACC won the challenge (6-4) for the 10th consecutive year.

l Kyle Singler posted his second double-double of the year with 20 points and 12 rebounds against Purdue.

l Junior Jon Scheyer knocked down three three-pointers and went 9-of-10 from the foul line in a 20-point effort against the Boilermakers.

l Duke topped Michigan, 71-56, in the championship game of the 2008 2K Sports Classic on Nov. 21. Sophomore Nolan Smith led the Blue Devils with 16 points, while Kyle Singler (15) and Gerald Henderson (12) also scored in double figures.

Numbers Game

l Duke and Michigan are playing for the second time in 16 days. The two teams also met on Nov. 21 in the championship game of the 2K Sports Classic. The Blue Devils have played a non-conference opponent twice in one season three times (joining Michigan State in 2004-05 and Temple in 2000-01).

l Duke is 13-4 all-time on Dec. 6, including a 93-72 win over Michigan in 1967. The Blue Devils have won four straight and are 6-2 on the date under Coach K.

l Duke is 62-23 all-time against teams currently in the Big Ten. The Blue Devils have won seven straight contests against Big Ten opponents (last loss was 78-68 versus Michigan State on March 25, 2005), including wins over Michigan (Nov. 21) and Purdue (Dec. 2) this season.

l Duke is 153-24 all-time in the month of December under Coach K. The Blue Devils are 45-2 in the month since 1999-2000, the only losses coming to No. 3 Stanford (84-83) on Dec. 21, 2000 and No. 11 Pittsburgh in overtime (65-64) on Dec. 20, 2007.

l Duke is 269-52 this decade, more wins than any other team in the NCAA. The win total is tied for the eighth-most in any decade by a team in NCAA history.

l Kyle Singler leads the Blue Devils in scoring (17.1 ppg.), rebounding (7.5 rpg.) and assists (23). Danny Ferry was the last Blue Devil to lead the team in all three categories during the 1986-87 season.

l Senior Greg Paulus is five points shy of passing Jay Bilas and moving into 49th in the Duke scoring charts. Paulus currently has 1,057 career points in 110 games.

l Sophomore Nolan Smith is averaging 16.5 points in two career games against Michigan. He is 13-of-17 (.765) from the field in his two games against the Wolverines. Smith scored a team-high 16 points in Duke’s 71-56 win over Michigan on Nov. 21.

l Duke is second in the ACC in free throw percentage at .744 (180-of-242). Nolan Smith is second in the league with a .909 (20-of-22) free throw percentage, while Jon Scheyer is fifth at .860 (37-of-43).

l The Blue Devils are shooting .555 (166-of-299) from inside the three-point arc this season. Duke is shooting .471 (217-of-461) from the field overall and .329 (48-of-146) from three-point distance.

l Duke outrebounded Purdue, 49-29, on Tuesday for its second game with at least a +20 rebound margin this season. The Blue Devils have outrebounded six of the first eight opponents.

l The Blue Devils are 185-95 in true road games under Mike Krzyzewski. Duke has posted a winning road record in five straight season and it 11 of the past 12 years. Since 1996-97, Duke has recorded a 90-30 mark on the road.

l Junior Jon Scheyer is tied for seventh in the ACC with 2.1 steals per game. He has recorded two or more steals in six times this season.

l Junior Brian Zoubek is 15-of-24 (.625) from the field over the last six games. He is averaging 6.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game during that stretch.

l Following the Michigan game, Duke will have 10 days before its next contest on Dec. 17 against UNC Asheville.[/private]