Duke vs. Wake Forest Official Game Notes

Courtesy:  Lance King<br />
Nolan Smith matched a career high with 24 points to go along with four assists and three steals in Wednesday’s win over Boston College.
Courtesy: Lance King
Nolan Smith matched a career high with 24 points to go along with four assists and three steals in Wednesday’s win over Boston College.

Game 17
Duke (14-2, 2-1 ACC)
vs. Wake Forest (12-3, 2-1 ACC)
Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010 l 8:00 p.m. l FSN
Cameron Indoor Stadium l Durham, N.C.

The Opening Tip
Duke (14-2, 2-1 ACC), ranked eighth in the AP poll and seventh in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll, faces Wake Forest (12-3, 2-1 ACC) at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 17 at 8:00 p.m. Sunday’s game will air on FSN with Tim Brando, Mike Gminski and Jenn Hildreth calling the action.

The Last Time Out
Duke is coming off a 79-59 win over Boston College at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Wednesday. The Blue Devils broke the game open with a 16-2 run to start the second half after leading 38-35 at intermission.

Junior Nolan Smith matched a career high with 24 points to go along with four assists and three steals. He was 9-of-14 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free throw line in the contest.

Kyle Singler recorded his 15th career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the win. He also added three steals in the contest. Senior Jon Scheyer and sophomore Miles Plumlee each recorded 12 points for the Blue Devils.

Senior Brian Zoubek registered a game-high 11 rebounds as Duke posted a 40-27 edge on the glass. The Blue Devils grabbed 18 offensive rebounds, including five each by Zoubek and Singler.

Duke made just 1-of-12 three-point field goals, but finished 27-of-48 (.563) from inside the arc in the contest. The Blue Devils also shot 81.5 percent (22-of-27) from the free throw line to secure the win.

Numbers Game

  • Duke is the only team in the country to rank in the top 10 in both the AP Poll and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll as well as the College Basketball News Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) and Strength of Schedule (SOS). The Blue Devils, eighth in the AP Poll and seventh in the Coaches’ Poll, rank second in the RPI with the 10th-best SOS.
  • Sunday’s game is the 300th consecutive sellout at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The last time Duke did not have a sellout at home was on Nov. 16, 1990, against Boston College.
  • The Blue Devils have won 12 straight and 42 of the last 44 games at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
  • Duke has won 23 of its last 25 games in the month of January. The Blue Devils are 202-56 under Mike Krzyzewski in January games.
  • The Blue Devils have won 37 consecutive home games against unranked opponents.
  • Senior Jon Scheyer leads the NCAA in assist-to-turnover ratio (4.62:1) while playing 35.6 minutes per game. He has led Duke in assists in all 16 games with six turnover-free games. Scheyer is tied for ninth in the NCAA at 6.1 assists per game.
  • Nolan Smith is shooting 48.9 percent (93-of-190) from the field, including 50.0 percent (26-of-52) from three-point range, to rank ninth in the ACC in field goal percentage. He is the only guard to rank in the top 10 of the league in that category.
  • Duke has had 19 individual 20-point scoring games this season, including seven each by Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith. The Blue Devils have had multiple 20-point scorers in the same game six times on the year.
  • Junior Nolan Smith is averaging 20.1 points per game, while shooting 59.1 percent (52-of-88) from the field and 61.5 percent (16-of-26) from three-point range, in the last seven games. He has topped the 20-point mark in five of those games.
  • Miles and Mason Plumlee are averaging 16.4 points and 11.4 rebounds per game combined over the last five contests. The duo is shooting 56.1 percent (32-of-57) from the field during that span.
  • Jon Scheyer is the only player in the country averaging better than 19.0 points and 6.0 assists per game.
  • Duke has a +31.3 scoring margin in 10 home games this season. Nine of Duke’s 10 wins have been by 20+ points.