Western Michigan at Duke Game Notes

7 AP / 5 Coaches] Duke (10-1) vs. Western Michigan (5-7)

Friday, December 30, 2011 • 7:02 p.m. (ET) • ESPN2

The Opening Tip

• Duke (10-1) faces Western Michigan (5-7) on Friday, Dec. 30 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tipoff is set for 7:02 p.m. (ET).

• The game will be televised by ESPN2 with Mike Patrick (play-by-play) and Len Elmore (analyst) calling the action.

• Duke is ranked No. 7 in the AP Poll and No. 5 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Western Michigan is unranked in both polls. The Blue Devils are 75-20 all-time when ranked seventh in the AP Poll.

• Duke will be playing its first game in 10 days and just its second contest in the last 19 days.

• The Blue Devils have won 41 consecutive games at Cameron Indoor Stadium, tied for the second-longest home winning streak in school history.

• Duke is looking for its 14th consecutive win in the month of December.

Duke-Western Michigan Series

• Friday’s contest marks the first meeting between the two schools.

Duke vs. the Mid-American Conference

• Duke is 7-1 all-time against teams currently in the Mid-American Conference.

• The Blue Devils have won five straight games against MAC opponents.

• Mike Krzyzewski has led the Blue Devils to a 6-1 record against schools currently in the Mid-American Conference.

• Duke is 4-0 all-time (with a +22.2 scoring margin) against MAC opponents at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

• Duke has won five of the seven games against MAC schools by 10 or more points.

• The Blue Devils are 1-1 all-time against MAC schools in NCAA Tournament play.

Numbers Game

l Duke has won 91 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.

l The Blue Devils have won 85 straight games at Cameron Indoor Stadium against unranked non-conference opponents.

l Duke is 55-1 at home since the start of the 2008-09 season.

l The Blue Devils have won 41 consecutive games in Cameron Indoor Stadium with 35 of the victories coming by 10 or more points.

l Duke has won 47 consecutive games against teams outside the traditional power conferences (Big Ten, Big East, SEC, ACC, PAC 12, Big 12).

l The Blue Devils have won 33 of their last 36 non-conference contests. Duke is 61-7 in non-league games since the start of the 2008-09 season.

l Duke has won 14 straight games in December with 11 of those wins coming by double digits.

l The Blue Devils are 53-3 in December games since the 2001-02 season and are 170-26 all-time in the month under Mike Krzyzewski.

l Duke is one of seven teams in the NCAA with five or more players averaging in double-figures this season. Duke has finished the year with five double-figure scorers six times under Coach K.

l Mason Plumlee is one of two players (North Carolina’s John Henson is the other) in the ACC averaging a double-double this season. Plumlee has five double-doubles and is averaging 12.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.

l Seth Curry is 34-of-36 (.944) from the free throw line and currently leads the ACC in free throw percentage. He enters Monday’s game with a string of 23 consecutive made free throws.

l Andre Dawkins is averaging 14.3 points per game in the last three contests. He is 15-of-27 (.556) from the field, including 8-of-19 (.421) from three-point range, in that span.

l Austin Rivers has scored in double-figures in eight straight games, leading the team in scoring in six of those contests. He is averaging a team-high 17.0 points per game in that span, while shooting 46.6 percent (48-of-103) from the field and 44.1 percent (15-of-34) from three-point range.

l Miles Plumlee grabbed 13 rebounds in the win over UNC Greensboro without scoring a point to set a Duke record for rebounds in a scoreless game. Plumlee took just one shot from the field in the contest.

l Mason Plumlee is averaging 14.8 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.0

Holiday Musings – Duke in the NBA, High School prospects in action and more

Duke is Family! JWill, CWell and Cdu

Firstly, here is to hoping all of the Blue Devil Nations is having a fabulous Holiday Season!  For me, it's right back to work as I head out to the former Glaxo Tournament now called 2011 HighSchool​OT.com Holiday Invitation​al to check out future Dukie Rasheed Sulaimon in person.  I will also take in two budding prospects from the class of 2014.  In the morning, the plan is to head for Myrtle Beach for the Beach Ball Classic which is loaded and I will be back for the Duke vs Western Michigan game on Friday.  In short, while many of you are hitting the after Christmas sales and stuffing leftovers, I'll be hitting the recruiting trail hard.

Most of the Duke players went home for the holidays and judging from what I saw on social media, all had a great time.  You know Quinn Cook had to be smiling after being named ACC Rookie of the Week and he'll likely get more burn in the next two games against Western Michigan and Penn,  But, he'll have to show up large to for that to continue as the schedule goes into overdrive with a tough road game at Temple before the ACC slate begins.

It may be early in the season, but Austin Rivers looks like a lock for ACC Rookie of the Year.  Another player who is proving he belongs with the ACC's elite is Mason Plumlee.  During ACC media day, I picked three Tar Heels to make the first team, but if I were to vote again today, Plumlee would take Tyler Zeller's spot.  For the record, I voted the exact way the results turned out with Seth Curry on first team, but he will have to pick it up a little to get that vote at seasons end.  Curry is  by no means having a bad year, but he needs to become consistent and take on more of a leadership role after the break.  When a kid makes 1st team All ACC, you have to hold him to a higher standard.

A lot of people did not like the ACC expanding, but knowing the landscape of the future, I was all for it.  The conference currently had three ranked teams in Duke, North Carolina and Virginia, but new members, Syracuse and Pitt would make it five.  The Cuse is ranked number one in the nation and they're about as deep a team as you will see.  Also, Duke is 5th in the coaches poll and 7th in the A.P.

The  NBA season is under way and the Blue Devils have more players on the opening day rosters than any other school.  Of course, you will still hear the negative nellies of the world try and explain that one away.  Still, that is quite a fact you can offer future prospects.  And for the record, Kyle Singler would have been on that list as well but decided to finish the season out in Spain.

JJ Redick went for 20 points last evening helping Orlando even their record up at 1-1. and Chris Duhon added 6 points as well.  Kyrie Irving did not have a stellar debut going just 2 of 12 from the field for 6 points but he did have 7 assists as Cleveland dropped their home opener to Toronto.  Mike Dunleavy tallied 13 points for Milwaukee and Shaun Livingston who verballed to Duke and then decided to go to the NBA had 14, but they fell short to Charlotte where Gerald Henderson had an outstanding opening game dropping 18 points while Corey Maggette added 12.  The 39 year old Grant Hill scored 6 points for the Phoenix Suns but they lost by a point to New Orleans.  Josh McRobert's had just 2 points in 20 plus minutes for the Lakers as they dropped their second game to start the season 0-2.  Meanwhile, Shelden Williams played but did not scratch the scoring column for New Jersey.  Finally the Bulls lost on the road to Golden State as Carlos Boozer tossed in 6 points and Luol Deng added 20 points where he seemed to be the only Bull to show up.  Whew!  A lot of Dukies were playing last night and with a shortened schedule where teams play on what use to be off days due to the lock out, this will be common place as the season progresses.  We'll give last nights game ball to Redick with 20 in his teams win and he can share it with Henderson who showed he wants to be a factor helping a not so good Bobcat's team to an opening victory.  And Kris Humpheries was vote the NBA's most hated player.  For those who do not remember, Humpheries signed with Duke and was then granted a release when he demanded immediate playing time for a good team, taking his game to Minnesota.

That's it for this week Blue Devil Nation and we'll return to our regular Monday Musings feature next week.  And we are extending our yearly membership special rate of 20% off 100 bucks for a few days, so take advantage of our lowest price ever and come on in and see what is going on behind the scenes and catch all the latest recruiting news.  And for new members, you must sign up for the message board separately and will be approved after we see you've joined through paypal.  Go Duke!

Quinn Cook named ACC Rookie of the Week

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke freshman Quinn Cook earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors for the first time this season after scoring a career-best 14 points in last Monday's 90-63 win over UNC Greensboro. Cook becomes the second Blue Devil freshman honored with the weekly award this season.

After a scoreless first half against the Spartans, the Hyattsville, Md., freshman guard went 6-of-6 from the field (1.000) with a pair of three-pointers in the second half. Cook added two assists and one steal in only 18 minutes of action for the seventh-ranked Blue Devils.

Cook now has two double-figure scoring games this season while averaging 4.1 points, 0.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He is shooting 46.7 percent (14-of-30) from the field and 80.0 percent (12-of-15) from the free throw line.

Duke returns to action on Friday, Dec. 30 with a 7pm home contest against Western Michigan. The game will be televised by ESPN2 as the Blue Devil look to extend their home winning streak to 42 consecutive games

One on One with Duke Prospect Ricardo Gathers


Pic courtesy of JohnnyJungle.com

There is a new name on the Duke radar and his name is Ricardo Gathers, a manly 6-7 presence in the post who hails from Louisiana where he plays for Riverside Academy.  Gathers, who was set to go to St. John's but backed out of his verbal commitment and reopened the process.  A couple of big name schools are now on him and Gathers tells us about that and much more in this one on one interview conducted by BDN correspondent Travis Boyd.  And when asked of Duke, Gathers made it no secret that he hold immense respect for the program and that he is ... well, it all lies ahead.  Remember, we are still running a 20% off special on a yearly membership to Blue Devil Nation Premium, where all the latest inside information awaits you as does our members only message board to discuss the latest.  Just sign up for a year and we'll send you 20 bucks back through paypal.  Isn't it time to see BDN Premium for yourself and see what others are talking about?


Suppose somebody had never seen you play before.  How would you describe your game in your own words?

Very physical, a lock down on D.  I'm a rebounding factor and I like playing with my teammates man and as I go, I know they go, so ...

What are you looking for in a program.  What are some of the most important factors?

I want to play with somebody that is a winner and a coach who brings out the best in me and communicates with me and make me a better player.

What's your list of schools right now?

Baylor, Duke, N.C. State, Florida, LSU, St. Johns and USC and Cal.

Which schools or who has been the most aggressive in your recruitment of late? [private]

Billy Donovan of Florida and Duke.

Who have you talked to from Duke?

Um, I don't want to get his name wrong (smiling) Wojichowski ... I'm not sure how to say his name.


Yeah, yeah, that's him.

So what do you like about Duke?

I mean, Duke you know, the tradition at Duke (upbeat) and they've developed many players at my position and they have one of the best coaches in America and the history in college basketball ... I mean, whats not to like about Duke?

So, do you sit down and take a look at the rosters of the teams recruiting you and look at say who is coming, leaving and such?

I definitely looking at the roster because I don;t want to go nowhere where I'm sitting for four years and stuff so, (smiling) yeah, I'm looking and analyzing what they need and find the best place for me.

Do you pattern your game after any player in the NBA or college?

(Pause) Uhm, no, not really. At this point I'm just mold myself to be my on type of player.  I'm just trying to keep it together and keep working and be the best Ricardo Gathers that I can be.

With this being your senior year, what part of your game will you work on the rest of the year?

Being more efficient at both ends of the court.  I mean yesterday, I couldn't always go all out on the offensive end because I knew I had to bring it on D.  So that is definitely is what I am going to do and work on conditioning,

Do you have any visits set up in the near future?

I'm probably going to take a few visits in the upcoming year, like January or February.  Probably mid January is when I will start some visits. I am going to definitely go down to Florida soon, Duke and N.C. State.

What position do you see yourself playing at the next level?

Most likely the 4 and the 3.

And who will help you make your decision when it comes time to pick a school?

Definitely my high school coach and my family.

 Is their a timetable on your decision?

I'm definitely going to wait until signing day.

Alright man, I appreciate your time.

Thank you. [/private]



Is Tony Parker closing in on a decision? BDN has the latest …

Miller Grove stumbled mightily during the recent City of Palms event and to some degree, so did Tony Parker.  The big man prospect with soft hands and a good paint presence took time to talk with Blue Devil Nation about his teams struggles and how they would bounce back.  But Parker has four or maybe even five programs sitting on pins and needles awaiting his decision, one that has been delayed time and time again and a process that has confused many analyst.  Parker is a key prospect for the Duke Blue Devils and they offered him early on and have been sure to let him know he was there man, even dropping other players from their radar.  But Parker likes Ohio State a lot as well and there are many who feel there is a split with those who are helping to make the decision.  On the west coast, UCLA is hoping he wants to join them with Shabazz Muhammad.  And Kansas?  They're making a late run as well but it may be too little too late, or is it?  And Memphis.  Will they get his fifth visit.  Parker shed light on when he could make a decision and BDN has some answers to many burning questions and the latest from Tony Parker via correspondent, Travis Boyd in out latest BDN Premium Interview.  And keep in mind that we are running a 20% off special on a yearly membership through December 26th, which translates into eighty bucks for a years worth of inside information and full site access, so take advantage and join today and next up is Ricardo Gathers - Mark Watson

For those who've yet to see you play, can you describe your game in your own words?

Well, (pause) for those who saw me play just now, that wasn't my game at all, but as a team we've just got to regroup and get back to the fighting mode.  I like to play hard, run the floor, finish strong and just get everybody going.

With all the schools looking at you and Miller Grove losing three games and your play, is that effecting you?

It's really not effecting me, it's just finding myself and ourselves as a team.  We've got a great team, we've got great guys, so this is a little bump in the road and this is probably the best thing that can happen to a strong team because we'll come back even stronger.  We've got a big game coming up, so this is behind us now and we're going to go back to Atlanta and we have a lot of wok to do to get back to Miller Grove basketball and get back to playing how we play.  We've got seven seniors and are finding our way right now.  We're going to be strong and be a pretty good team at the end of the year.

And your school list is ...

Ohio State, Duke, UCLA, Kansas and Georgetown.

Who has been the  (and this is where we get to the latest on Tony P) [private] most aggressive of late in your recruitment?

Probably Kansas.  But all of them are coming hard, it's the end of the year but Kansas is coming on really strong, probably the strongest.

What are you looking for in a program?

Just a great all around program, great atmosphere and all my schools pretty much have that.  So, the atmosphere, the education.  And I'm watching all of the programs now and you get to see what they're doing and how they work.  Somebody that just gets after it and goes after people.

Is everybody in your party, those who will help you with your decision on the same page?

Yes.  They ... we're all on the same page.  Every school has their identity.  You will never see a coach change what he does because that just what he does and that's how he wins.

And what kind of system or play are you looking for in a school?

A hard nose game, somebody that plays hard all the time, a great defensive player.  Basically, just a system. a system like Miller Grove Basketball.

What are your goals for the rest of your high school season?

Just play hard and better my teammates.  If I do that everything else will take care of itself.

Do you ever talk with say Shabazz Muhammad about playing with each other at a school?

I mean, Shabazz is a great guy, we talk all the time.  He's cool. he's fun but we really don't talk about schools. Everybody else talks about it but we're just close.

Probably so, I am closer but probably so that my teammates know I am focusing on them.

You've taken four official visits to Ohio State, Duke, Kansas and UCLA. Is Memphis still in there?

Yes sir.  They're still in there.

So, you have one left, will you take it?

I don't know, I might.  Yes.  The official visits are the best time of your life, so I might take it for the fun but I really don't know.

If you had to pull the trigger today, could you do it?  Could you come to a decision today?

Uh, probably so.

What would the factors of that decision be?

Just who is coming in with me, who is already there.  The program, the atmosphere and just the all around basketball atmosphere, the history of the program.  All that means a lot to me.

So, you do look at rosters and who is coming in carefully.


Which roster sets up best for you right now?

Without a doubt Ohio State, they've got the best roster.  They've got to be, it's clear and plain and simple.

But is that the best roster for you to come in?

Jared is leaving,  Aaron is staying, Thomas is gone but the guys they've got coming in, they're pretty good. Ross,Thomson, they're all great guys.

So, you see big time playing time wherever you go right away, right?


Watzone's notes - Both Travis and Dave Telep asked these questions and some guy from Rivals hung around.  If you are to take Tony at his word, he seems to be closing in on a decision and there are signs that his decision could be effecting his teammates as well.  The Georgia Stars had early problems as well, so it cannot help but make on wonder if the way he is handling some things are the proper way to do so.  He glows when talking about Ohio State but Duke is still right there and fits more into the tradition that he mentioned impressed him.  He also said that his party was on the same page when most feel they are not and that he likes the Buckeyes while his parents like Duke.  After hearing from Parker for maybe the twelfth time now per our interviews, the track record shows that you cannot always take him at his word but for the first time in listening to the tape with Tony, I think a serious tone is starting to take hold.  His mention of having fun on the visits is something we told you about early on in that he is enjoying the process.  It did seem kind of silly that he said he might take the Memphis trip just for fun and that pretty much tells you they are out.  And the guy asking the UCLA and play with Muhammad question?  Well, they are out too and no matter what he says about Kansas, I think they are respectable fodder in the battle as well.  Bottom line is Ohio State may seem to lead and they may well, but Duke is right there until announced. [/private]









Big night for Duke prospects at City of Palms

The Holiday tournaments are in full swing from now until the new year and Blue Devil Nation Premium is representing.  While I was covering the Blue Devils win over UNC-Greensboro laast evening, our newest deep south correspondent, Travis Boyd, was in Florida for the City of Plams event.  We were simaltanously tweeting for BDN loves being in two places at once and on the scene of all things Duke.

Most of the information goes to BDN Premium, like our latest interview with Ricardo Gathers but here is a breakdown of last evenings action in the sunshine state -

Two of Duke's primary targets for 2012 and 2013 went off for big games tonight.  Both played with a chip on their shoulder and were competitive with each other from the opening tip.  Shabazz Muhammad faced off againat Julius Randle as Prestonwood took on Bishop Gorman.  The entire Kentucky staff was in attendance for the game as were assistants from UConn, Michigan., Ohio State and Georgetown.

Randle was in aggressive mode hollering "all day" and "get off me" every time he would make a move to the basket.  Muhammad woke up in the 2nd half, 4th quarter especially.  He finished the game with 42 points and 5 rebounds and scored in every way imaginable, be it put-backs, big time dunks, jumpers, floaters, and hook shots.  There is nothing Muhammad can't do on the offensive end.

Randle had an all around solid game with 26pts 10rbs and 5ast.  Randle showed a much imporoved handle in this game and is developing a scary good jump shot off an at times dizzying crossover.  As he displayed Saturday also, his ability to pass is far beyond other bigs in high school.  He wowed the crowd by running the fast break a few times. Simply said, these prospects can play at another level that most.

In the end, Prestonwood scorec a big 72-63 win.  The action continues today and live updates will be on the BDN Premium Members Message Board as they happen.  Also coming are more interviews with key Duke prospects and talk of the national scene.  Worth noting is the fact that another prospect, Jabari Parker went for a school record 40 points and 15 rebounds last evening.

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