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Wake Forest vs Duke Game Notes

Duke (13-0, 0-0) vs. Wake Forest (7-5, 0-0)
Saturday, January 5, 2013 • 12:02 p.m. • ESPNU
Durham, N.C. • Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)

Television
ESPNU
Play-by-Play: Carter Blackburn
Analyst: Jay Williams

Radio
Blue Devil IMG Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Bob Harris
Analyst: John Roth
Sirius – 85; XM – 85

The Opening Tip
• Duke is 13-0 on the year and looking to open the season with 14 straight wins for the sixth time under Mike Krzyzewski.
• The Blue Devils are ranked No. 1 in both the AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll. Duke has been ranked No. 1 in 11 of the past 16 seasons.
• Duke has been ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll 125 weeks overall, including 107 weeks under Coach K.
• Duke is 211-31 all-time when ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll. Krzyzewski is second in NCAA history with 187 wins and 213 games at the helm of the top-ranked team in the AP Poll.
• Senior Ryan Kelly has scored at least 20 points in three consecutive games against Wake Forest. He averages 15.6 points per game in four career contests against Wake Forest.
• Saturday’s game marks the ACC opener for both schools. Duke has won five consecutive ACC openers and is 25-7 in ACC openers under head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

The Last Time Out
• Duke won its fourth straight game as the nation’s No. 1 team, defeating Davidson, 67-50, Wednesday in Time Warner Cable Arena.
• Ryan Kelly scored a game-high 18 points and continued his hot shooting from three-point range by hitting 3-of-4 shots from beyond the arc. Quinn Cook added 15 points, and Mason Plumlee and Tyler Thornton also scored in double figures with 10 points apiece.
• Duke outscored Davidson 38-21 in the second half and held the Wildcats scoreless over the first 6:08 of the second half.
• Davidson outrebounded Duke 22-15 in the first half, but the Blue Devils responded by outrebounding the Wildcats 18-12 in the second half. After amassing nine offensive rebounds and 14 second-chance points in the first half, Davidson grabbed just four offensive boards and scored four second-chance points in the second half.

Numbers Game
• Duke, ranked No. 1 in the latest AP Poll, has been ranked in the top 10 of the poll 102 consecutive weeks. The last time Duke was not ranked in the top 10 was Nov. 19, 2007.
• Under Coach K, Duke has played more games as a No. 1 team (213 entering Saturday’s contest) than it has as an unranked team (141).
• Duke is playing its 190th straight game as a top-10 team in the AP poll. Duke is 159-30 in that span.
• The Blue Devils have won five straight ACC openers and are 25-7 in ACC openers under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Duke’s last loss in a league opener came on January 6, 2007, against Virginia Tech, 69-67, in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• Duke has won 19 ACC Regular Season Championships, including 12 under Coach K. Duke has won five of those titles since the 1999-2000 season.
• The Blue Devils have finished in the top two of the ACC standings in five consecutive seasons. Duke has finished 13-3 four times during that span.
• As a team, Duke is shooting 52.3 percent (23-of-44) from three-point range over the last three games. Ryan Kelly (7-of-10, .700), Tyler Thornton (5-of-8, .625) and Quinn Cook (3-of-6, .500) are all shooting 50.0 percent or better from three-point range during that span.
• On the season, Duke is shooting 41.7 percent (98-of-235) from three-point range which would rank as the third-highest three-point shooting percentage in school history. Duke has shot over 40.0 percent from three just three times in school history (1982-83, 1986-87, 1991-92).
• Seth Curry needs just 24 more points to reach 1,000 for his career. Curry would be the second Duke player to reach that mark this season, following Mason Plumlee who netted his 1,000th career point against Santa Clara on Dec. 29.
• Duke’s point guard combo of Quinn Cook and Tyler Thornton combines to average 8.5 assists and just 3.9 turnovers per game, good for a 2.22:1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
• Duke has one of the most efficient offenses in the country, averaging 1.15 points per possession which ranks tied for 11th nationally. That is the second-highest average in the ACC, trailing only NC State’s 1.17 points per possession.
• Quinn Cook has 30 assists and just seven turnovers in his last five games while averaging 10.6 points per game during that span. He is shooting .556 (10-of-18) from three-point range during that stretch.
• Ryan Kelly is shooting .611 (11-of-18) from three-point range over his past six contests. Duke is shooting .462 (49-of-106) with 8.2 treys per game during that stretch.
• Mason Plumlee recorded his 1,000th career point on Saturday versus Santa Clara. Plumlee is the 61st Duke player to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Seth Curry needs just 30 more points to reach 1,000 for his Duke career. Duke is currently third in NCAA history with 61 career 1,000-point scorers.

Duke-Wake Forest Series History
• Duke leads the all-time series 160-77, including a 25-6 mark since the 1996-97 season. Duke is 41-23 against Wake Forest under Mike Krzyzewski.
• Duke has won the last five meetings in the series with four of those five wins coming by 10 or more points.
• Wake Forest was the first team Duke faced in the program’s inaugural 1905-06 season. Wake Forest won back-to-back games that year, 24-10 and 15-5.
• The series is the most played series in Duke basketball history. The teams have met 237 times, surpassing the NC State series (236) and North Carolina series (234).

Duke vs. the Atlantic Coast Conference
• Duke is 398-161 all-time in the regular season against teams currently in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
• Under Mike Krzyzewski, Duke is 335-140 against the ACC in the regular season and 53-18 in the ACC Tournament.
• Duke has domianted the ACC regular season since 1997, logging a 191-49 record during that span which is 34 more wins than the next closest school

Kelly leads Duke past Davidson

SONY DSCCHARLOTTE, N.C. – It was supposed to be Seth Curry’s homecoming — then Ryan Kelly stole the show.

Kelly scored 18 points to help top-ranked Duke remain unbeaten with a 67-50 victory over Davidson on Wednesday night.

Quinn Cook scored 15 points and Mason Plumlee scored eight of his 10 in the second half for the Blue Devils (13-0), who are one of only four undefeated teams remaining in Division I. Tyler Thornton added 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in the second half to spark Duke.

“For our guys to go 13-0 with our nonconference schedule is just magnificent,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “It’s terrific.”

The game was tied 29-all at halftime before Duke opened the second half with a 12-0 run. The Blue Devils, who led by as many as 19 in the second half, heated up from 3-point range after the break, going 3 for 4 in the early minutes of the period.

During that six-minute span to open the second half the Wildcats had nine empty possessions.

“That’s when they made their run,” Davidson coach Bob McKillop said. “You wipe that six minutes out, well. … But that’s why Duke is number one. Somehow they are going to make you pay during that six-minute period. They’ve done that in every game they played this year.”

Curry, playing in front of his hometown fans and against his older brother Stephen’s alma mater, had a rough night, finishing with six points on 3-of-11 shooting. Earlier in the day, Stephen Curry — who plays for the Golden State Warriors — wrote on Twitter that he was rooting for Davidson but hoping his brother dropped 30-plus points.

That didn’t happen, but Kelly picked up the slack, hitting 5 of 8 from the field — including 3 for 4 from 3-point range.

“I got the shots that I wanted. I just wasn’t able to get them to go down,” Curry said. “Maybe I was pressing a little early trying to get going. I’m just going to have to bounce back on Saturday.”

It didn’t help that Davidson placed an emphasis on rotating and taking away opportunities from Curry and Plumlee.

That benefited Kelly, who was left open for shots.

“They were physical, they were riding us,” Kelly said. “That made it tough on Mason to get his shots. But once we figured it out, we saw the holes in it. Mason is the type of player where he’s unselfish. He passed out of double teams and it created for others.”

Duke is set to open ACC play at home against Wake Forest on Saturday, while Davidson is home to face Southern Conference foe UNC-Greensboro.

Jake Cohen led Davidson (7-6) with 19 points and eight rebounds despite battling through early foul trouble, and De’Mon Brooks pulled down 12 rebounds and scored eight points in the Wildcats’ 24th straight loss to Duke.

Plumlee scored on an inbound play to ignite Duke’s 12-0 burst coming out of halftime.

Kelly followed with a pair of free throws, Quinn Cook hit a foul-line jumper and Thornton knocked down a 3-pointer from the wing. Kelly capped the run with a 3-pointer from the left corner, his third of the game, to push the lead to 12.

Duke had seven assists and two turnovers in the second half after just one assist and nine turnovers in the first 20 minutes.

They held Davidson to 30 percent shooting for the game, and the Wildcats were just 4 of 19 from behind the arc.

“I thought our defense was terrific,” Krzyzewski said.

Davidson, which hung tough in the opening half, would never get closer than eight after Duke’s run to start the second half.

The Wildcats entered the locker room at halftime tied despite shooting just 32 percent in the first half. Cohen, last year’s co-conference player of the year along with Brooks, sat out 15 minutes after picking up his second foul less than three minutes in.

Davidson did it with hustle, outrebounding the taller Blue Devils 22-15 in the opening half, including a 9-1 edge on the offensive boards.

“In the first half we gave up offensive rebounds and in the second half we didn’t and to me that was the key to the ball game,” Krzyzewski said.

Brooks, who has been a factor inside for the Wildcats all season, struggled to get off shots against Duke’s defenders, who began collapsing on him in the paint. He finished 4 of 13 from the field.

Virginia safety Chris Holmes switches commitment to Duke

Virginia safety Chris Holmes has committed to Duke
Virginia safety Chris Holmes has committed to Duke

For the second time in the past month, the Blue Devils, fresh off their first bowl appearance in 18 years, have flipped a commitment from another BCS school. Chris Holmes, a 6’2″ 190 pound prospect from Chancellor High School, had committed to NC State last summer, but the coaching change in Raleigh forced him to consider other options. The Duke staff seized the opportunity, bringing the star defensive back in for an official visit in December. The Blue Devils received a commitment from another Chancellor High School player two years ago in DT Sam Marshall. Marshall’s presence, along with the relationship with the Duke coaching staff, was a big factor in the decision to switch to the Blue Devils.

Fredericksburg.com first reported the news of Holmes’ decision. “I had a better bond with the coaches and the players at Duke,” Holmes told Nathan Warters of Fredericksburg.com, “It’s a team that’s on the turnaround. I liked that, I wanted to be a part of that.”

Holmes holds more than a dozen scholarship offers, including ACC programs like Boston College, Clemson and NC State, along with Michigan, South Carolina, and West Virginia.

Holmes joins fellow Virginia defensive backs Evrett Edwards and Jake Kite in the Blue Devils’ class of 2013. Edwards will enroll at Duke next week, while Kite and Holmes expect to enroll this summer. The Blue Devils will have to replace 3 starters in their defensive backfield after the graduation of Lee Butler, Jordon Byas, and Walt Canty.

Earlier in December, the Blue Devils received a commitment from Dominic Zanca-McDonald, a Florida linebacker who had previously committed to Tennessee. Like at NC State, the Volunteers have undergone a coaching staff change, which led to an opportunity for the Duke staff to secure another commitment. The Blue Devils will host LB Jerod Fernandez, another NC State commitment, on an official visit later this month.

Junior Highlights

Preview: Duke vs. Davidson

Davidson_Wildcats_logoAs we turn the page of the calendar to 2013, it feels like we are entering a new phase of the Duke basketball season as well.  The two lengthy breaks are over.  Duke got, or should’ve gotten, the rust from the second layoff brushed off on Saturday against Santa Clara.  Now we’re back to games at regular intervals, and this game Wednesday night in Charlotte against Davidson represents the Blue Devils’ last pre-conference tuneup.  Better get it back in gear, fellas.

OK, Davidson.  The Blue Devils and the Wildcats have been hooping against each other since 1909.  There is no other non-conference opponent that Duke has faced more often in its history than Davidson.  Davidson has beaten Duke 17 times (against 88 losses), including that series-opening spanking in 1909 by the score of 22-8.  Under Mike Krzyzewski, though, not only have the Blue Devils managed to reach at least double figures in points in every game, but Duke is 23-1 in the series, with the lone loss coming in 1981 in their first meeting  under Coach K.   Although many of the wins have been blowouts, the last three have not been.

Last season, in a game the Blue Devils trailed at halftime, Duke managed to get a 13 point decision over the Wildcats in Cameron.  The team was led by Seth Curry and Austin Rivers, who each scored 17, and Mason Plumlee, who scored 16 points and dominated the glass with 13 rebounds.  That Davidson team was no joke, winning the Southern Conference and advancing to the NCAA Tournament, where in the first round they played eventual Final Four participant Louisville to a 7 point game.  In 2009 Duke beat Davidson by 12 in Cameron, and in 2007 it was a 6 point win.

Davidson is of course coached by the outstanding Bob McKillop, now in his 24th season at the helm.  McKillop has led Davidson to six NCAA tournament berths and four NIT’s, and the Wildcats have won 20 or more games in ten seasons.  On five occasions they’ve won 25 or more, including last season’s 25 wins.  The eight-time Southern Conference Coach of the Year is not only the winningest coach in Davidson history, but the winningest coach in Southern Conference history as well.  And oh by the way: all 78 of his seniors have graduated from the prestigious university.  Not too shabby.

This year’s Wildcats are a veteran basketball team.  They play eight guys primarily, and among those eight are three seniors and four juniors.  This is a physically solid team, too.  Big man Jake Cohen is 6’10” and 235 pounds; De’Mon Brooks is 6’7″ and 227 pounds; senior JP Kuhlman goes 6’4″ 195; and backup Clint Mann is 6’7″ and 229 pounds.

Brooks, the Southern Conference Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-American last year, leads the team in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 15 and 6.  He’s an excellent shooter, hitting 49% from the field, 40% from three point land, and 84% from the line.  Cohen, who also was All-Conference last year,  is giving Davidson 12.7 ppg and 5.3 boards.   He is one of only three players in Wildcats history to record 1000 points, 500 rebounds, and 100 blocked shots, with the last being the unforgettable Detlef Musch, in 1993.

Kuhlman, a nominee for the 2013 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, starts in the backcourt along with Canadian Nik Cochran.  Cochran is averaging 9 points and 3 assists, and is a 96% free throw shooter, having nailed 44 of 46 throws on the year.  Swede Chris Czerapowicz, who gets 8 points and 4 boards per game, is on the wing.  Czerapowicz hits 48% from beyond the arc.   6’4″ Tyler Kalinoski (the only underclassman in the rotation), and Mann both average between 7 and 9 points as well.  6’6″ Tom Droney also gets minutes off the bench for the Wildcats.  His most impressive numbers are his 20 assists against only three turnovers on the season.

bob mckillop davidsonDavidson sits at 7-5 on the year, which some would say is a disappointment given their excellent 2011-12 campaign and the fact that they brought back the core of that team.  Two of the seven wins are against major conference foes, at least, although the two are mediocre West Virginia and worse-than-that Vanderbilt, in some cockamamie thing called the Old Spice Classic tournament. Their last outing was a 6 point win over Richmond.  The schedule has been fairly challenging, as the Wildcats lost close ones to Gonzaga by 14 in the finals of the Old Spice, and to New Mexico in The Pit by 5.  The other losses were at Milwaukee, at home to Charlotte, and then at Drexel.

This performance has left Davidson at #74 in the KenPom ratings.  Other notable teams in their range include Temple at 64, Florida State at 68, Santa Clara at 78, and Clemson at 79.  But the losses to the likes of Charlotte (97), Drexel (120), and especially Milwaukee (306) don’t look real good on the resumé, overshadowing wins over Chattanooga (294), NC Wilmington (264), Wofford (157), Vaderbilt (148), West Virginia (91), and Richmond (84).  The Wildcats could really use a solid performance on a neutral floor against the nation’s top-ranked team.

This is an important game for Duke, not just to win, but to re-establish the level of play it displayed in the first stretch of the season.  That means playing hard, and playing together, for 40 minutes, not just the last 10 or 15.  As in most games this season, Duke should have a decided advantage inside.  Cohen is a quality big man, but Mason Plumlee should be more than he can handle.  While most of the Wildcats handle the ball pretty well, their best player, Brooks, has been a turnover machine, registering 25 against just 8 assists.  The Blue Devils would be wise to pressure him and force him to make good decisions with the ball, because he hasn’t done so very consistently.  Davidson can shoot, so again, pressure on the perimeter, getting out on shooters, and hedging well against screen/roll are going to be important.

It’s a bit puzzling that the Wildcats have lost some of the games they have.  Milwaukee?  Really?  But still, this is a good basketball team, with quality, tournament-tested veterans who have some pretty nice wins in their careers.  Like their win over Kansas last year.  Kansas, the team that made the NCAA Championship Game.  This not a Cornell, an “un-loseable.”  Duke is clearly the better, more talented team, but that doesn’t ensure anything at this stage against a team like Davidson.  The Devils are going to have to come to play on Wednesday night.

This is the last of the stretch of games that many Duke fans hoped Coach K would use to integrate some of the bench players and expand the rotation.  The most anticipated was Marshall Plumlee, and it hasn’t happened.  He got two minutes against Cornell before tweaking the foot, sat out entirely against Elon, and then got just one minute against Santa Clara.  Hardly enough to evaluate what, if anything, he’s going to be able to contribute this year.  Amile Jefferson got double digit minutes against both Cornell and Elon before getting a goose egg agains Santa Clara.  Alex Murphy’s strange saga continued, as he got double digit minutes against Cornell, three against Elon, and less than a minute against Santa Clara.  So Coach K has made it pretty clear that it’s going to be the starters, with Josh Hairston as the big off the bench and Ty Thornton in the backcourt off the bench, and that’s pretty much it.  Maybe Marshall if he gets healthy, but who knows?  I’d say it’s likely that at some point this year, whether due to matchups or game circumstances, or of course an injury, but when nobody otherwise expects it, Amile and/or Alex will all of a sudden get a big opportunity.  But Coach K has apparently decided that they’re not going to be a part of the regular rotation unless something changes drastically.  He’s the one with the 900+ wins, so it’s hard to question his decisionmaking in this regard.  And if that’s the way it’s going to be, then the 7 he’s decided to go with need to play with the intensity, intelligence, and togetherness they showed early.  If they can do so, and stay healthy in the process, nobody’s going to be talking about how many minutes the non-Sulaimon freshmen are getting.