[8 AP / 6 Coaches] Duke (16-3, 4-1) vs. Maryland (12-6, 2-2)
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 • 9:00 p.m. • ESPN
The Opening Tip
• Duke (16-3, 4-1 ACC) faces Maryland (12-6, 2-2 ACC) on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Comcast Center. Tipoff is set for 9:00 p.m.
• Dan Shulman (play-by-play) and Bob Knight (analyst) will call the game for ESPN.
• Duke is ranked No. 8 in the AP Poll and No. 6 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Maryland is unranked in both polls. The Blue Devils are 70-16 all-time when ranked eighth in the AP Poll.
• Duke is one of three teams (Baylor and Kansas are the others) in the NCAA to rank in the top 5 of the RPI, Strength of Schedule, AP and Coaches Polls.
• The Blue Devils have won two straight ACC road games. Duke is 7-2 away from Cameron Indoor Stadium this season.
• Duke has won its last 13 games following a loss and has not lost back-to-back games since 2009.
• Duke and Maryland have met 171 times heading into Wednesday’s game with the first meeting between the two schools coming in 1926.
• The Blue Devils lead the all-time series 110-61, including a 5-4 mark at the Comcast Center.
• Duke has won three straight and nine of the last 10 games in the series. The Blue Devils topped Maryland three times during the 2011-11 season.
• Mike Krzyzewski is 51-21 at Duke against the Terrapins, including a 31-24 record in College Park, Md.
• The two schools have met 18 times in ACC Tournament play with Duke posting an 11-7 record in those games.
• Six of the last 10 games in the series have been decided by 10 points or less.
• The Blue Devils have won three of the last four games at the Comcast Center. Duke has a +12.7 margin of victory in those three wins.
l Duke has been ranked in the top 10 of the AP Poll in 86 straight weeks, the third-longest streak in NCAA history.
l Duke has not lost back-to-back games since February of 2009. The Blue Devils are 13-0 following a loss in that span (does not include season-ending loss in 2010-11).
l The Blue Devils have a +14.8 scoring margin in their last 13 games following a loss. Duke has posted a double-figure win in nine of the 13 contests.
l Duke ranks in the top 15 nationally in scoring (80.5 ppg. – 10th), field goal percentage (.498 – 13th) and three-point percentage (.409 – seventh), despite playing five games (Ohio State, Virginia, Florida State, Kansas and Michigan State) against teams ranked in the top 15 nationally in defensive efficiency.
l The Blue Devils are one of 12 teams in the NCAA with five or more players averaging 10 or more points per game. Duke has finished the year with five double-figure scorers six times under Mike Krzyzewski.
l Austin Rivers was named ACC Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this season after averaging 19.5 points per game against Wake Forest and Florida State. He is the only freshman in the ACC averaging over 10.0 points per game with a team-high 14.4 ppg. scoring average.
l Andre Dawkins is averaging a team-best 15.0 points and 3.6 three-point field goals per game in ACC play. He is 18-of-39 (.462) from three-point range in Duke’s five league games. He ranks second in the ACC in threes per game and tied for third in three-point percentage in league play.
l Mason Plumlee and Miles Plumlee combine to average 15.7 rebounds per game. One of the Plumlees has led the team in rebounds in 17 of 19 games.
l Mason Plumlee has improved his free throw shooting over the last three games, going 10-of-13 from the line during that span. He was shooting 39.8 percent from the free throw line prior to that stretch. Plumlee averages 5.6 free throw attempts per game.
l Ryan Kelly is shooting 46.0 percent (23-of-50) from three-point range on the season. He shot just 30.7 percent (27-of-88) in his first two seasons at Duke.
l Tyler Thornton leads the ACC in assist-to-turnover ratio (6.0:1) through five conference games. He has 18 assists with just three turnovers in the last five games for the Blue Devils.
l Duke’s bench is averaging 27.2 points per game since beginning ACC play. The Blue Devils have gotten at least 30 points from reserves in three of five ACC games, including a 43-point outburst against Wake Forest.