The Opening Tip
• Duke (18-1, 5-1) faces Boston College (14-6, 4-2) on Thursday, Jan. 27 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tipoff is set for 8:00 p.m.
• The game is being televised by Raycom with Tim Brando (play-by-play) and Mike Gminski (analyst) calling the action.
• Duke is ranked No. 3 in the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, while Boston College is unranked in both polls.
• The Blue Devils are looking to improve to 19-1 for the ninth time in school history. Duke has reached 19-1 in three of the last six seasons.
• Duke has won 36 of the last 38 games entering Thursday’s game with Boston College. • Duke is looking for its 25th straight win in the state of North Carolina. Duke-Boston College Series History• Thursday’s game marks the 15th meeting between Duke and Boston College.
• The Blue Devils lead the all-time series 12-2, including 5-0 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. • Duke’s five home wins in the series have been by 10 or more points.
• Duke is 8-1 against Boston College since the Eagles joined the Atlantic Coast Conference. • Mike Krzyzewski is 11-2 at Duke against Boston College.
• The Blue Devils have sold out 315 straight games entering Thursday’s contest. The last non-sellout at Cameron Indoor Stadium was against Boston College on Nov. 16, 1990.
• Five of the last six games in the series have been decided by 10 points or less. Numbers Game l The Blue Devils’ current 30-game win streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium is the fourth-longest home win streak in program history.
l Duke has only lost two home games in the past four seasons, posting a record of 59-2 in Cameron Indoor Stadium during that span.
l Duke has won 52 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 won 24 consecutive games in the state of North Carolina. The Blue Devils’ last loss in the state was at N.C. State on Jan. 20. 2010.l The Blue Devils have had at least one player score 20 or more points in 14 straight games.
l Duke has had six different players score 20 or more points in a game. Nolan Smith leads the ACC with nine 20-point scoring games.
l Kyle Singler is seven points shy of moving into the top 25 on the ACC scoring list. He enters Thursday’s game with 2,110 career points.
l Mason Plumlee has raised his rebound average by 5.5 rebounds per game from a year ago. He ranks fourth in the ACC in rebounding at 8.6 rpg. Plumlee ranks second in league play with 11.0 rpg. and 7.8 defensive rebounds per game. He has grabbed 10 or more rebounds nine times this season, including each of the last four games.
l In conference play, Nolan Smith leads the ACC in scoring (22.5 ppg.), assists (5.5 apg.), steals (2.5 spg.) and minutes played (39.2 mpg.). He also ranks second in free throw percentage (.946).
l Ryan Kelly has made 13 consecutive shots from the field, including his last six three-point field goal attempts. He is averaging 10.5 points, while shooting 71.4 percent (15-of-21) from the field over the last four games.