Game 1 • Season Opener / EA SPORTS Maui Invitational 1st Rd
[6 AP / 6 Coaches] Duke (0-0, 0-0 ACC) vs. Belmont (0-0, 0-0 A-Sun)
Friday, November 11, 2011 • 9:00 p.m. • ESPNU
The Opening Tip
• Duke faces Belmont in the season opener for both schools on Friday, Nov. 11 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m. (EST).
• The game is being televised by ESPNU with Mike Breen (play-by-play) and Doris Burke (analyst) calling the action.
• Friday’s contest is also an opening round game in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. The Blue Devils are 12-0 all-time in Maui Invitational games. The Maui Invitational expanded its field to have on-campus first round games in 2011.
• Duke is ranked No. 6 in the AP Poll and No. 6 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Belmont is unranked in both polls.
• Duke averaged 83.5 points in exhibition wins over Bellarmine and Shaw. Five Blue Devils averaged in double-figures in the two games, with Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee leading the way at 15.0 points per game.
• Friday’s game marks the second meeting between the two schools.
• Duke posted a 71-70 win over Belmont on March 20, 2008 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in the only other meeting between the two schools.
Duke vs. Atlantic Sun Conference
• Duke is 15-4 all-time against teams currently in the Atlantic Sun conference.
• Under Mike Krzyzewski, Duke is 13-1 against the Atlantic Sun.
• The Blue Devils have won 12 straight games versus Atlantic Sun opponents.
• Coach K’s only loss to an Atlantic Sun opponent was to Stetson on Feb. 10, 1982.
• Krzyzewski’s first win at Duke was against current A-Sun school Stetson on Nov. 29, 1980.
l Mike Krzyzewski is two wins shy of matching Bob Knight as the winningest coach in NCAA history.
l The Blue Devils have won 23 of their last 25 non-conference contests. Duke is 51-6 in non-league games since the start of the 2008-09 season.
l Duke is 77-29 all-time in season openers, including a 29-2 mark under Coach K.
l The Blue Devils have won 11 straight season openers. The last loss in a season opener came in 1999 when Duke opened the season with a 80-79 loss to Stanford in the opening round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in New York City.
l Duke has won its last nine season openers by double-digits, averaging a 36.4 margin of victory in that span.
l The Blue Devils have won 28 consecutive home openers and are 29-1 in home openers under Krzyzewski. Duke’s last loss in a home opener was a 76-75 double-overtime defeat to Vanderbilt on Nov. 28, 1982.
l Duke is 50-1 at home since the start of the 2008-09 season. The Blue Devils went 17-0 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in each of the past two seasons.
l The Blue Devils have won 36 consecutive games in Cameron Indoor Stadium with 31 of the victories coming by 10 or more points.
l Duke has won 28 consecutive games in November, dating back to a 73-62 loss to Marquette in the championship game of the 2006 CBE Classic. The Blue Devils are 108-10 all-time in the month of November under Coach K.
l Duke’s eight returning letterwinners for the 2011-12 season have a combined 130 starts. In contrast, Kyle Singler (147) and Nolan Smith (97) closed their careers with 244 combined starts.
l Duke lost its top three scorers and must replace nearly 68 percent of its scoring from a season ago. Guards Seth Curry and Andre Dawkins are the top two leading returning scorers at 9.0 ppg. and 8.1 ppg., respectively.
l Mason Plumlee raised his rebound average 5.3 rebounds per game from his freshman to sophomore seasons. He finished the year ranked fifth in the ACC in rebounding at 8.4 rpg. and grabbed 10 or more rebounds in 14 contests.
l Seth Curry and Andre Dawkins each made 64 three-point field goals, while shooting a combined 43.1 percent (128-of-297) from three-point range last season.
l Duke’s upperclass post rotation of Miles Plumlee, Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee combined to average 18.6 points and 17.0 rebounds per game last season. The trio shot 54.5 percent (279-of-512) from the field with 85 dunks.
l Mason Plumlee made 14-of-14 field goal attempts in exhibition wins over Bellarmine and Shaw. The junior forward averaged 15.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in 22.0 minutes per game.
Home Court Win Streak
• Duke’s 36-game win streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium is the longest active streak in the NCAA. It is also tied for the third-longest home win streak in Duke history.
• Duke matched a school record with 17 wins at home in 2010-11. The Blue Devils finished 17-0 at Cameron Indoor Stadium for the second straight season.
Current NCAA Home Court Win Streaks
Team Streak Next Game
Duke 36 Belmont, 11/11
Kentucky 34 Marist, 11/11
Duke Home Court Win Streaks
46 Jan. 13, 1997 - Feb. 9, 2000
41 Nov. 25, 2002 - Feb. 26, 2004
36 Feb. 22, 2009 - present
36 Nov. 14, 1990 - Jan. 17, 1993
27 Jan. 13, 1962 - Dec. 5, 1964
Non-Conference Home Win Streak
• Duke has won 86 straight non-conference home games, the longest current streak in the NCAA. The last home loss against a non-conference opponent for the Blue Devils was on Feb. 26, 2000 against St. John’s, 83-82.
• The Blue Devils have won 80 straight games at Cameron Indoor Stadium against unranked non-conference opponents.
• Duke won 95 consecutive non-conference home games from Feb. 2, 1983 through Dec. 2, 1995. Illinois snapped that streak with a 75-65 win over the Blue Devils.