[7 AP / 5 Coaches] Duke (8-1) vs. Washington (4-3)
Saturday, December 10, 2011 • 12:00 p.m. (ET) • CBS
The Opening Tip
• Duke (8-1) faces Washington (4-3) on Saturday, Dec. 10 in the CARQUEST Auto Parts Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York. Tipoff is set for 12:00 p.m. (ET). The second game of the event features a matchup between Pittsburgh and Oklahoma State
• The game will be televised by CBS with Ian Eagle (play-by-play) and Clark Kellogg (analyst) calling the contest.
• Duke is ranked No. 7 in the AP Poll and No. 5 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Washington is unranked in both polls. The Blue Devils are 73-20 all-time when ranked seventh in the AP Poll.
• Duke is playing at Madison Square Garden for the second time this season. The Blue Devils topped Michigan State, 74-69, on Nov. 15 in the State Farm Champions Classic.
• The Blue Devils have won 13 of their last 15 games at Madison Square Garden.
• Duke leads the all-time series, 4-1, including a 3-1 mark under Mike Krzyzewski.
• Duke has won the last three games in the series. The Blue Devils have an average margin of victory 12.7 points per game in that span.
• The first two games in the series were both decided by two points, while Duke has won each of the last three contests by 10 or more points.
• Saturday’s game is the second neutral site meeting in the all-time series. Washington topped Duke, 80-78, in the 1984 NCAA Tournament.
Duke vs. the Pac 12
• Duke is 29-19 all-time against teams currently in the Pacific 12 conference.
• The Blue Devils are 20-11 against Pac 12 teams under Coach K.
• Duke has won seven of the last eight meetings against Pac 12 teams.
l Duke is 26-15 all-time, including a 21-7 mark under Mike Krzyzewski, at Madison Square Garden. The Blue Devils are making their second appearance of the season at MSG and have now played at the venue in 10 straight seasons.
l Duke is 34-2 in neutral site contests since the start of the 2008-09 season. The Blue Devils have won one NCAA Championship, three ACC titles and four in-season tournaments in that span.
l The Blue Devils have won 15 consecutive non-postseason (ACC & NCAA Tournaments excluded) neutral site contests.
l Duke has won 12 straight games in December with 10 of those wins coming by double digits.
l The Blue Devils are 51-3 in December games since the 2001-02 season and are 168-26 all-time in the month under Mike Krzyzewski.
l Mason Plumlee became the fourth player in Duke history with 10+ points, 10+ rebounds and four or more blocks and steals in a game on Wednesday against Colorado State. He finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks and four steals in the contest.
l Austin Rivers has led the team in scoring in five of the last six contests. He is averaging a team-high 17.3 points per game in that span, while shooting 46.8 percent (37-of-79) from the field and 45.8 percent (11-of-24) from three-point range.
l Mason Plumlee is averaging 12.2 points per game, while attempting just 7.6 shots per contest. He is shooting 64.7 percent (44-of-68) from the field with 16 dunks on the year.
l Seth Curry has made a three-point field goal in all nine games this season with two or more threes in six contests. Curry ranks fifth in the ACC in three-point percentage (.462) and tied for eighth in threes per game (2.0).
l Mason and Miles Plumlee combined for 25 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocked shots in Wednesday’s win over Colorado State. The brother tandem finished the game 11-of-13 (.846) from the field with four dunks.
l Andre Dawkins knocked down three three-point field goals against Colorado State and now ranks fourth in the ACC in threes per game (2.2). Dawkins is averaging 1.8 treys per game over the last two seasons with 24 games with two or more made threes.
l Duke is averaging 26.8 free throw attempts per game. Mason Plumlee and Austin Rivers share the team lead at 5.8 free throw attempts per contest.
l The Blue Devils had 10 players log at least 10 minutes of action against Colorado State on Wednesday. Duke has seven players averaging over 15 minutes per game on the year.
l Duke is shooting 50.0 percent (236-of-472) from the field with the Plumlees leading the way with a combined .641 field goal percentage (66-of-103).