[5 AP/5 Coaches] Duke (23-4, 11-2 ACC) vs. Tulsa (19-8, 8-5 Conference USA)
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 • 7:00 p.m. • espn2
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314) • Durham, N.C.
The Opening Tip
Duke (23-4, 11-2 ACC), ranked fifth in the AP poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll, steps out of league play to face Tulsa (19-8, 8-5 Conference USA) at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 7:00 p.m. The game will air on espn2 with Mike Patrick and Len Elmore calling the action.
The Last Time Out
Duke ran its win streak to six games with a 67-55 win over Virginia Tech on Sunday at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Junior Kyle Singler scored a game-high 25 points to go along with 10 rebounds and two steals. Singler now has five double-doubles on the year, including 10+ points and rebounds in two straight games.
Junior Nolan Smith added 23 points, while Jon Scheyer chipped in with 15 points and seven assists. Brian Zoubek continued his outstanding play on the glass with 16 rebounds, including eight offensive boards. The Blue Devils closed the game with 23 offensive rebounds and outscored Virginia Tech, 27-9, on second chance points.
The trio of Singler, Smith and Scheyer combined for 63 of Duke’s 67 points in the contest and have now scored 112 of 123 points (91.1 percent) in the last three halves of basketball for the Blue Devils.
Home Non-Conference Win Streak at 76
Duke has won 76 consecutive non-conference home games. Duke’s last home loss against a non-conference foe was an 83-82 decision against St. John’s on Feb. 26, 2000. The Blue Devils are 8-0 in home non-conference games this season.
l Duke is ranked fifth in the AP poll, marking the 52nd consecutive week ranked in the top 10. The Blue Devils are 53-23 all-time when ranked fifth in the AP poll.
l The Blue Devils have won 17 straight games at Cameron Indoor Stadium and 46 of 48 home games over the past three seasons.
l Duke is 15-0 at home on the year with a scoring margin of +26.6 points per game. The Blue Devils have won 14 home games by double figures and 11 of their 15 games at Cameron Indoor Stadium by 20 or more points.
l The Blue Devils have won 40 consecutive home games against unranked opponents, dating back to a 68-67 loss to Florida State on Feb. 4, 2007.
l Jon Scheyer, Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler are the highest scoring trio in the NCAA at a combined 53.7 points per game. The threesome has accounted for 74 double-figure scoring games (out of 79 games) and 35 of Duke’s 36 individual games with 20 or more points scored.
l Junior Kyle Singler is averaging a team-best 19.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.8 three-point field goals and 1.3 blocks per game during Duke’s current six-game win streak. He is 23-of-42 (.548) from three-point range in that span.
l Brian Zoubek is averaging 9.7 points and 12.7 rebounds (6.7 orpg.) since joining the starting lineup three games ago. He is tied for second in the ACC in offensive rebounds (3.4 orpg) and ranks 14th in total rebounds (6.9 rpg.), while playing 16.4 minutes per game. Zoubek ranks among the national leaders with 16.8 rebounds, including 8.4 offensive boards, per 40 minutes played.
l Duke is collecting a Coach K era-best 15.2 offensive rebounds per game for the year. The Blue Devils are averaging 16.4 second chance points per game and are 22-2 when scoring more second chance points than their opponent. Duke has grabbed at least 17 offensive rebounds in four straight games.
l Jon Scheyer leads the ACC in four statistical categories and is the only player in the league to rank in the top 5 in seven statistical categories: scoring (second, 18.9 ppg.), assists (fourth, 5.4 apg.), free throw percentage (first, .885), three-point field goals (first, 2.8 3pg.), three-point field goal percentage (fourth, .398), assist-to-turnover ratio (first, 3.06:1) and minutes (first, 36.6 mpg.).
Checking in on …
#2 Nolan Smith – +9.5 ppg. increase from a year ago leads the ACC … shooting a career-best 42.4 percent from three-point range … tied for third in the ACC with 12 games with 20+ points scored … double figures in 24 of 25 games played
#5 Mason Plumlee – Second on the team with 21 dunks … fourth with 18 blocks … season-high nine rebounds vs. North Carolina
#12 Kyle Singler – Five double-doubles and six games with 10+ rebounds … averaging 19.7 points per game in the last six contests … 29 three-point field goals in that span
#20 Andre Dawkins – Fourth on the team with 29 three-point field goals … shooting 38.2 percent from three-point range
#21 Miles Plumlee – Leads the team with 28 dunks … shooting 57.3 percent (63-of-110) from the field
#30 Jon Scheyer – 20+ points in five of the last eight games … ranks in the top 10 of the ACC in eight statistical categories … leads the league in minutes, free throw percentage, three-point field goals and assist-to-turnover ratio … league-high 13 games with 20 or more points … three-time ACC Player of the Week
#34 Ryan Kelly – 14 blocked shots … one of five Blue Devils with 10+ blocks
#42 Lance Thomas – Leads the Blue Devils with 12 charges taken … 5 or more rebounds in eight of the last 10 games
#55 Brian Zoubek – Four or more offensive rebounds 11 times … averaging 9.6 points and 12.7 rebounds, while shooting 75.0 pct (12-of-16) from the field in the last three games.