St. Louis at Duke Game Notes (Nationally televised CBS)

Nolan Smith - BDN Photo, Rick Crank

[1 AP / 1 Coaches] Duke (9-0) vs. Saint Louis (3-3)
Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 • 12:00 p.m.
The Opening Tip• Duke faces Saint Louis on Saturday, Dec. 11, at noon at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• The game is being televised by CBS with Ian Eagle (play-by-play) and Clark Kellogg (analyst) calling the action.
• Duke is ranked No. 1 in the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, while Saint Louis is unranked in both polls.
• The Blue Devils enter the contest 9-0 on the year, while the Billikens are 3-3 overall.
• Duke has won 19 consecutive games entering Saturday’s contest.
• The Blue Devils are looking to open the season 10-0 for the 13th time under Coach K.
• Duke is seeking its 36th straight win against a team outside of the traditional power conferences (Big Ten, Big East, SEC, ACC, PAC-10, Big 12).
Duke vs. Saint Louis• Duke is 3-0 all-time against Saint Louis with a 2-0 mark at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• Coach K is 3-0 against Saint Louis.
Toys for Tots• Duke Athletics is proud to partner with Toys for Tots and the Durham Food Pantry this holiday season. The men’s basketball toy/food drive will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11 as the top-ranked Blue Devils host Saint Louis at 12 pm.
• Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys and/or canned food items to the game and place them in the collection bins located in the lobbies and on the concourse of Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• The women’s basketball Toys for Tots is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 21 vs. Xavier at 7:00 pm.
Numbers Game
l Mike Krzyzewski ranks third on the all-time wins list with 877 career victories. He is three wins shy of passing Dean Smith as the winningest coach in ACC history.
l Saturday’s game marks Coach K’s 200th game while holding the No. 1 ranking in the AP poll. Krzyzewski is second in NCAA history in games (200), wins (175) and winning percentage (.879) when ranked a top the AP poll.l The Blue Devils have won 19 consecutive games dating back to a 79-72 loss at Maryland on March 3, 2010. Duke has won 27 of its last 28 games.
l Duke has won 36 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 53-2 in Cameron Indoor Stadium during that span. The Blue Devils currently have a 24-game win streak at home.
l The Blue Devils have won an NCAA-best 82 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 46 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 Duke has scored 80 or more points in eight games this season. The Blue Devils have won 23 consecutive games when scoring 80+ points. Duke is 490-46 under Coach K when scoring 80 or more points in a game.
l Duke is 77-27 all-time against Atlantic 10 Conference opponents, including a 34-1 mark under Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils have won 15 straight games against A-10 opposition.
l Duke is averaging 49.2 ppg. in the second half of play. The Blue Devils are shooting 56.6 percent (142-of-251) from the field, including 55.8 percent (53-of-95) from three-point range after halftime. In Wednesday’s win over Bradley, Duke knocked down 10-of-16 three-point field goals en route to a 51-point half.
l Senior Nolan Smith recorded a career-best 10 assists against Bradley while finishing 0-of-8 from the field. Smith joined Tommy Amaker, Quin Snyder and Steve Wojciechowski as the only players in Duke history to record 10 or more assists in a game without making a field goal. Smith leads the ACC in assists (5.6 apg.) and also ranks in the top 10 in scoring and field goal percentage.