BDN Post Game – Duke defeats Wake, Coach K post game video

Mason Plumlee and Duke leave Winston Salem with a win. Duke is the fourth ACC team to go 8-0 on the road and first team since 1999-200

Winston Salem, NC -The Duke Blue Devils had little trouble in disposing of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 79-71 in Winston Salem on Tuesday evening. With the win the Blue Devils for to 26-4 overall and 13-2 in the ACC. The win sets up the battle for the regular season title with North Carolina this Saturday.

Once the Blue Devils gained control and held a huge working margin for most of the game but Wake mounted a late comeback to make the game interesting. Duke once held a 65-42 lead and were outscored 43-40 in the second half.

There were times in the game when you could hear only Duke fans chanting “Let’s go Duke,” and the Duke players all mentioned this in the locker room after the contest.

The Blue Devils were led in scoring by Ryan Kelly with 23 points to go with 8 rebounds. He was followed in scoring by Seth Curry with 15, Mason Plumlee with 12 and Austin Rivers with 10 to round out the double figure scorers.

Once again, the three ball was kind to Duke as they knocked down 10 of 20 which translated into 30 of their 79 points. The Duke bench outscored the Deacons by a 21-10 margin and the Blue Devils held a 39-29 advantage on the boards.

Duke moves to 11-10 in games played in Lawrence Coliseum and Coach K is now 41-23 all time against the Deacons. But the most impressive stat is the fact that Duke is one of four teams to go 8-0 on the road in the ACC this season and that earned the praise of Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski in his post game press conference.

Another positive in this game was Mason Plumlee going 8 of 9 from the free throw stripe.  Here are  two BDN Videos for you to hear Coach K’s comments –

The Final Courtship of Bazz

Duke's #1 Target, Shabazz Muhammad, Photo by David Becker/Getty for Adidas

Players dream of going out on top. In his final high school game, 6’6″ Shabazz “Bazz” Muhammad finished in dominating fashion, making thirteen of his fifteen shots to finish with thirty-six points in the Nevada state title game for the Gaels of Bishop Gorman last Friday night. The chiseled Las Vegas native won three state titles in his four years, averaged thirty points, ten rebounds, and three assists this season, and will go down as the greatest high school basketball player in Nevada history.

6'6" Shabazz Muhammad, Photo by Andrew Slater/BDN

Muhammad, a born scorer who plays with the relentless effort that coaches dream about and opponents fear, has been the number one target for Duke in the 2012 class for the past three years and first visited Duke for the Carolina game in Duke’s 2010 Championship season. He came back to visit unofficially again for the Virginia game last season with Chicago’s Jabari Parker. On Saturday night, Shabazz will use his final official visit to fly to Duke University to catch them play their arch-rival UNC Tar Heels. He’ll be joined by his dad, Ron, a former high-flyer from USC in the mid-80s, and fellow McDonald’s All-Americans, Rasheed Sulaimon and Amile Jefferson, his Adidas Nations teammate.

Last month, Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski brought coaches Jeff Capel and Steve “Wojo” Wojciechowski to join him at the HoopHall Classic in front of a packed house in Springfield, Massachusetts, where the left-handed Shabazz Muhammad displayed his full arsenal of offensive weapons, unleashing everything from a windmill dunk to a step-back three pointer. Muhammad finished with thirty-seven points that night in a win against a very solid DeMatha team featuring multiple high-major caliber players.  In December, Coach K headed down to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to watch Bazz play eighteen minutes and score twenty-two points in a blowout win against Lakota East at the Beach Ball Classic.

Shabazz Muhammad, Ron Holmes, & Rashad Muhammad, Photo by BDN

Throughout the AAU season, Duke coaches were a consistent presence at Shabazz’ DreamVision games, including not missing a single game of his Super 64 run to close out the summer on his Vegas home turf. The prior summer, Duke coaches watched Shabazz as a rising junior and Muhammad, a die-hard Kobe Bryant fan, watched Coach K work with his Team USA Basketball hopefuls at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Duke Coaches Mike Krzyzewski, Steve Wojciechowski, and Jeff Capel, Stanford Coach Johnny Dawkins, and Harvard Coach Tommy Amaker, Photo by Andrew Slater/BDN

After an AAU season where Shabazz led DreamVision to three tournament titles and a HS season where he led Bishop Gorman to a 28-4 record, competing from Florida to California in big national showcases, and a third state title, Bazz Muhammad will spend forty-eight hours starting Friday in the Gothic Wonderland in Durham, NC on Duke’s campus. For the Duke coaches, this will be the culmination of their three-year courtship of this high-scoring power wing with a team-first mentality. For the Cameron Crazies, it will be their last shot to convince Shabazz Muhammad, the statuesque young man with a movie star smile and a violent dunking streak, to choose to spend his college year in the mecca of college basketball.

 

Duke at Wake Forest Game Notes

• Game 30 •

[4 AP / 3 Coaches] Duke (25-4, 12-2) vs. Wake Forest (13-15, 4-10)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 • 9:00 p.m. • ESPNU

The Opening Tip

• Duke (24-4, 11-2) faces Wake Forest in an ACC road contest on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at LJVM Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 9:00 p.m.

• Carter Blackburn (play-by-play) and Jason Williams (analyst) will call the game for ESPNU.

• Duke is ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll and No. 3 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Blue Devils are 51-10 when ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll. Wake Forest is not ranked in either poll.

• Duke and Michigan State are the only teams in the NCAA to rank in the top 5 in RPI, Strength of Schedule as well as the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls.

• Duke and North Carolina are tied for first place in the ACC and each have two games remaining, including their March 3 showdown in Durham.

• Duke is 7-0 in ACC road games this season and is looking to become only the third team in school history to finish 8-0 in ACC road games.

Duke-Wake Forest Series

• Thursday’s game marks the 236th meeting between Duke and Wake Forest, tying it as the most-played series in the ACC.

• Duke and Wake Forest met for the first time on March 2, 1906.

• The Blue Devils lead the series 159-77 and are 10-10 in games played in Lawrence Joel Coliseum.

• Duke has won four straight in the series overall. During that four-game win streak, Duke owns a +18.0 scoring margin. Duke has scored at least 90 points in three of those four meetings.

• The Blue Devils’ last 14 wins in the series have

been by 10 or more points.

• Mike Krzyzewski is 40-23 at Duke against the Demon Deacons. The Blue Devils are 15-14 under Coach K on the road against Wake Forest.

• The Blue Devils have won 24 of the last 29 meetings between the two schools.

• Wake Forest’s last five wins in the series have come in Lawrence Joel Coliseum.

Numbers Game

l Duke has been ranked in the top 10 of the AP Poll for 91 straight weeks, tied for the second-longest streak in NCAA history.

l Duke is 7-0 in ACC road games, marking only the fifth time in school history that Duke has won its first seven league road games. Only three Duke teams have gone undefeated in ACC road play, the most recent being the 1999-2000 team (8-0).

l The Blue Devils have scored at least 73 points in all seven ACC road games.

l The Blue Devils are 14-3 on the year in games decided by 10 points or less. The Blue Devils have seven wins in ACC play by less than 10 points. Duke’s 14 wins by 10 points or less are tied for the second-most in school history.

l Duke won its 25th game of the season last Saturday versus Virginia Tech and now has at least 25 wins in 13 of the last 14 seasons. Duke has won at least 25 games in 23 of Mike Krzyzewski’s 32 seasons as head coach.

l Austin Rivers has been named ACC Rookie of the Week a league-leading eight times. He earned the league’s most recent rookie award on Monday after averaging 21.5 points per game in wins over Florida State and Virginia Tech. Rivers is the ACC’s leading freshman scorer (seventh in the NCAA) at 15.5 points per game.

l Seth Curry has scored 18 or more points in five of the last seven games. He is averaging 18.0 points, while shooting 47.1 percent (41-of-87) from the field and 44.2 percent (19-of-43) from three-point range in that span.

l Miles and Mason Plumlee combine to average 16.4 rebounds and 17.3 points per game. Mason ranks second in the ACC with 9.5 rebounds per game while Miles ranks 10th with 6.9 boards per game. Either Miles or Mason has led Duke in rebounding in 27 of 29 games this season.

l Andre Dawkins leads the ACC with a .414 three-point shooting percentage. Dawkins is 65-of-157 from beyond the arc this season and ranks third in made three-pointers. He set a Duke record for threes in a half with seven treys in the opening 20 minutes of Duke’s win over Wake Forest on Jan. 19.

l Duke averages 24.9 points per game off the bench with 11 games with 30 or more bench points. The Blue Devils have had a double-digit scorer off the bench in 21 of 29 games this season.

l Miles Plumlee is averaging 8.2 points and 12.2 rebounds (4.4 orpg.) over his last five games. The senior forward has grabbed 10 or more rebounds three times in that span.

l Duke’s perimeter defense has improved significantly over the last 14 games. Duke has held those 14 opponents to a .290 shooting percentage from beyond the arc and allowed just three of those teams to shoot better than .350 from three-point range. Only four of those teams have hit more than five three-pointers in a game.

2012 Duke Football Schedule Announced

DURHAM, N.C. — Seven home games including dates with reigning ACC champion Clemson and rival North Carolina highlight the 2012 Duke football schedule released by the ACC office on Monday afternoon.

Duke’s 12 opponents combined for a 2011 overall record of 88-66 (.571) while 10 of the 11 FBS teams reached bowl eligibility. Four schools – Stanford (7th), Virginia Tech (21st), Clemson (22nd) and Florida State (23rd) – were ranked in last season’s final Associated Press poll while a fifth squad, Virginia, was among others receiving votes.

Under the direction of head coach David Cutcliffe, the Blue Devils will open the 2012 season at home against FIU on September 1. One week later, the Blue Devils travel to Palo Alto, Calif., to meet Stanford. Duke then returns home for consecutive non-league contests against N.C. Central (September 15) and Memphis (September 22).

Duke will play eight straight ACC games beginning with a trip to Winston-Salem to meet Wake Forest on September 29. The slate in October features home affairs with Virginia (October 6) and North Carolina (October 20) and road tilts at Virginia Tech (October 13) and Florida State (October 27).

Reigning conference champion Clemson will visit Wallace Wade Stadium on November 3 and, following an open week, the Blue Devils close the season on the road at Georgia Tech (November 17) and at home versus Miami (November 24).

Duke’s eight conference foes combined for a 2011 league ledger of 39-25 (.609) – the highest winning percentage of any ACC schedule for 2012.

Duke returns 44 lettermen and 17 starters for Cutcliffe’s fifth squad. The Blue Devils are in the midst of spring practice and will host the program’s annual Spring Game on Saturday, March 31 at Wallace Wade Stadium. Season tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at www.GoDuke.com or by calling the Duke Athletic Ticket Office at 1-877-375-3853.

2012 Duke Football Schedule (2011 Record; Bowl game)

SEPTEMBER

1 – FIU (8-5; Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl)
8 – at Stanford (11-2; Tostitos Fiesta Bowl)
15 – N.C. CENTRAL (2-9)
22 – MEMPHIS (2-10)
29 – at Wake Forest (6-7; Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl)

OCTOBER

6 – VIRGINIA (8-5; Chick-fil-A Bow)
13 – at Virginia Tech (11-3; Allstate Sugar Bowl)
20 – NORTH CAROLINA (7-6; AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl)
27 – at Florida State (9-4; Champs Sports Bowl)

NOVEMBER

3 – CLEMSON (10-4; Discover Orange Bowl)
10 – Open
17 – at Georgia Tech (8-5; Hyundai Sun Bowl)
24 – MIAMI (6-6)