1 AP / 1 Coaches] Duke (8-0) vs. Bradley (4-4)
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 • 9:00 p.m.
The Opening Tip• Duke faces Bradley on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 9:00 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• The game is being televised by espn2 with Mike Patrick (play-by-play) and Len Elmore (analyst) calling the action.
• Duke is ranked No. 1 in the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, while Bradley is unranked in both polls.
• The Blue Devils enter the contest 8-0 on the year, while the Braves are 4-4 overall.
• Duke has won 18 consecutive games entering Wednesday’s contest.
• The Blue Devils are looking to open the season 9-0 for the 15th time under Coach K.
• Duke is seeking its 35th straight win against a team outside of the traditional power conferences (Big Ten, Big East, SEC, ACC, PAC-10, Big 12).
Duke vs. Bradley• Duke is 1-1 all-time against Bradley with a 1-0 mark at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• The Blue Devils won the last meeting, 87-69, on Dec. 8, 1951.
• Bradley opened the series with a 93-58 win over Duke on Dec. 23, 1950. The Braves were ranked second in the nation at the time of the game.
Duke vs. the Missouri Valley Conference• Duke is 6-2 all-time against teams currently in the Missouri Valley Conference.
• The Blue Devils have won five straight games against Missouri Valley Conference opposition.
• Mike Krzyzewski is 4-0 at Duke against Missouri Valley Conference opponents.
• Duke has a +27.8 scoring margin versus the Missouri Valley Conference under Coach K.
l Mike Krzyzewski is currently tied with Adolph Rupp for third on the all-time wins list with 876 career victories. He is four wins shy of passing Dean Smith as the winningest coach in ACC history.l The Blue Devils have won 18 consecutive games dating back to a 79-72 loss at Maryland on March 3, 2010. Duke has won 26 of its last 27 games.
l Duke has won 35 consecutive games against teams outside the traditional power conferences (Big Ten, Big East, SEC, ACC, PAC 10, Big 12). Virginia Commonwealth’s 79-77 win over Duke in the 2007 NCAA Tournament was the Blue Devils’ last loss to a team from a non-power conference.
l Duke has only lost two home games in the past four seasons, posting a record of 52-2 in Cameron Indoor Stadium during that span. The Blue Devils currently have a 23-game win streak at home.
l The Blue Devils have won an NCAA-best 81 consecutive non-conference home games. The last home loss against a non-conference opponent for the Blue Devils was on Feb. 26, 2000 against St. John’s, 83-82.
l Duke has won 45 straight home games against unranked opponents. The Blue Devils’ last loss at Cameron Indoor Stadium to an unranked opponent was to Florida State on Feb. 4, 2007.
l Freshman Kyrie Irving is expected to miss the Bradley game after suffering a toe injury in Duke’s win over Butler. He currently ranks in the top 10 of the ACC in six statistical categories.
l Senior Nolan Smith leads the ACC with 19 straight double-figure scoring games. He has scored 10 or more points in 32 of the last 33 games for the Blue Devils.
l Duke’s starting backcourt of Nolan Smith and Kyrie Irving combines to average 35.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 10.1 assists per game. The tandem is also shooting 52.3 percent (90-of-172) from the floor. Smith and Irving have both reached double-figures in scoring in all eight games this season.
l Duke has scored 80 or more points in seven games this season. The Blue Devils have won 22 consecutive games when scoring 80+ points. Duke is 489-46 under Coach K when scoring 80 or more points in a game.
l Andre Dawkins is expected to make his first career start on Wednesday. Dawkins is fourth on the team in scoring at 10.6 ppg. and leads the ACC in three-point percentage (.528, 19-of-36).
l Duke is averaging 49.0 ppg. in the second half of play. The Blue Devils are shooting 55.9 percent (124-of-222) from the field, including 54.4 percent (43-of-79) from three-point range after halftime.