[6 AP / 6 Coaches] Duke2 (26-5, 13-3) vs. Clemson7 (16-14, 8-8) / Virginia Tech10 (15-16, 4-12) winner
Friday, March 9, 2012 • 7:00 p.m. • ESPN2/ACC Network
The Opening Tip
• No. 2 seed Duke (26-5) received an opening-round bye and will face the winner of No. 7 seed Clemson and No. 10 seed Virginia Tech in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals on Friday, March 9, at 7 p.m. in Phillips Arena.
• Mike Patrick (play-by-play), Len Elmore (analyst) and Jeannine Edwards (sideline) will call the game for ESPN2. Tim Brando (play-by-play), Cory Alexander (analyst) and Debbie Antonelli (sideline) will call the game for the ACC Network.
• Duke is ranked No. 6 in the AP Poll and in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Neither Clemson nor Virginia Tech are ranked in either poll.
• Duke, Michigan State and North Carolina are the only teams in the NCAA to rank in the top 10 in RPI, Strength of Schedule, the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls.
Duke in the ACC Tournament
• Duke has won three consecutive ACC Tournaments and 10 of the last 13 tournaments. Duke has won more ACC Tournaments (19) than any other ACC program.
• The Blue Devils are 90-39 (.698) all-time in the ACC Tournament, including a 52-17 (.754) record under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Duke’s 90 victories are the most in ACC history.
• Coach K’s 13 ACC Tournament Championships are tied for the most in ACC history. His 52 wins are the second most in ACC Tournament history.
• Duke has won nine straight ACC Tournament games and is 35-4 in the tournament since 1998.
• Duke is 9-3 when the tournament is held in Atlanta, Ga. Duke has won the last two tournaments held in Atlanta (2001 & 2009).
• Nine of the last 13 ACC Tournament MVPs have been Blue Devils.
l Seth Curry is Duke’s active leading scorer in ACC Tournament play, averaging 10.7 points in three ACC Tournament games. Curry scored in double figures in all three games in 2011 and was named to the ACC All-Tournament second team.
l Duke enters the ACC Tournament as one of the top two seeds for the 31st time in the league’s 54-year history. The Blue Devils are a combined 63-17 (.788) when seeded No. 1 or No. 2 in the tournament and have won 13 of their 19 ACC Championships when seeded No. 1 or No. 2.
l Duke has had a 20-point scorer in eight of the last nine ACC Tournament games (all victories).
l Miles Plumlee has at least 10 rebounds in five of his last seven games and is averaging 11.9 rebounds per game during that span. He also averages 8.6 ppg. during that stretch with two double-doubles.
l Austin Rivers was named ACC Rookie of the Year and All-ACC first team, becoming only the seventh freshman in ACC history to earn All-ACC first team honors. Rivers leads Duke in scoring (15.3 ppg), double-figure scoring games (27), 20-point games (8) and minutes per game (32.9).
l Rivers ranks in the top 10 on Duke’s freshman record lists in points (6th – 459), scoring average (T-3rd – 15.3), field goals (9th – 154), field goal attempts (T-6th – 348), three-point field goals (5th – 54), three-point attempts (6th – 135), three-point percentage (6th – .393), free throws (T-8th – 98), free throw attempts (3rd – 152), minutes per game (8th – 32.8), double-figure scoring games (T-4th – 27) and 20-point games (T-5th – 8).
l For only the fourth time in school history, four Duke players — Andre Dawkins (66 made 3fgs), Seth Curry (59 3fgs), Austin Rivers (54 3fgs) and Ryan Kelly (40 3fgs)— have hit at least 40 three-pointers.
l Duke leads the ACC in both three-point percentage (.387) and made three-pointers (258). The Blue Devils have hit at least eight three-pointers in eight of the last 10 games.
l Duke is holding opponents to a .313 three-point shooting percentage this season and an average of just 4.5 three-pointers per game. ACC teams are shooting just .294 from the three-point line against Duke.
l Duke has been ranked in the top 10 of the AP Poll for 92 straight weeks, tied for the second-longest streak in NCAA history. Duke’s 95 consecutive weeks ranked in the AP Top-25 is the longest active streak in the NCAA.
l Duke has eight wins over teams that went on to win or share the regular season conference title in their respective conferences, including wins over power conference champions North Carolina (ACC), Kansas (Big 12), Michigan State and Michigan (Big Ten) and Washington (Pac-12). Duke has played 11 games against teams that won their conference this season.