Duke vs. Virginia Tech
February 25, 2014 • 7 p.m.
Durham, N.C. • Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
ESPNU • Blue Devil IMG Sports Network
The Opening Tip
• In the first of its two final remaining home games, Duke hosts Virginia Tech Tuesday in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The game tips off at 7 p.m. and will air on ESPNU and the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network.
• Duke is ranked No. 6 in the AP Poll and No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The Blue Devils are 113-31 all-time when ranked No. 6 in the AP Poll.
• The Blue Devils are 20-3 against unranked team this season but dropped their last meeting against a team outside top 25, falling 74-66 at North Carolina on Feb. 20.
• Duke’s home-court winning streak sits at 31 consecutive victories, tied for the longest active streak in the nation. Duke is 15-0 at home this season after going 16-0 on Coach K Court in 2012-13. Duke has gone undefeated in Cameron Indoor Stadium in 17 seasons, including three of the past four years.
The Last Time Out
• Led by another double-double from Jabari Parker, Duke defeated the No. 1 team in the nation for the sixth time under head coach Mike Krzyzewski, defeating top-ranked Syracuse 66-60 Saturday in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• Parker led Duke with 19 points and 10 rebounds while hitting 6-of-8 field goals on the way to his third straight double-double. The freshman forward hit all three of his three-point attempts and scored 11 second-half points to lead Duke to the upset win.
• Rodney Hood contributed 13 points and seven rebounds, while the guard tandem of Quinn Cook, Rasheed Sulaimon and Tyler Thornton combined for 27 points, 11 assists and just three turnovers. Sulaimon dished out a team-high seven of those helpers.
• Duke shot .479 (23-of-48) from the field against Syracuse for the second-highest opponent field goal percentage against the Orange this season.
By The Numbers
• Duke has won 31 consecutive games at Cameron Indoor Stadium, tied for the longest active home win streak in the country. Included in that streak is a 66-60 win over top-ranked Syracuse this past Tuesday as well as eight wins by 20 points or more.
• The Blue Devils have held 11 straight home opponents to less than 70 points. Opposing teams average just 65.5 points per game on Duke’s home court, good for a +18.4 Duke scoring margin.
• Duke owns an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.55:1, which would rank as the highest ratio since Duke began tracking turnovers in the 1970-71 season. The Blue Devils logged a school-record 1.51:1 assist-to-turnover ratio last season, bettering the previous school record of 1.32 set in 2000-01.
• Opposing teams are shooting just .304 (110-of-362) from the three-point line against Duke with an average of 4.0 made three-pointers per game. Duke has surrendered the fifth-fewest made three-pointers in the nation.
• Jabari Parker has a double-double in seven of his past 10 games and is averaging 19.2 points and 11.6 rebounds per game during that stretch. Parker owns an ACC-leading 11 double-doubles this season and ranks among the league’s top three in scoring (2nd – 19.1 ppg.), rebounding (1st – 8.8 rpg.) and field goal percentage (3rd, .485 – 189-of-390).
• Andre Dawkins needs just 13 points to become the 63rd Duke player to join the 1,000-point club. Dawkins is averaging a career-best 8.7 points per game this season.
• Rasheed Sulaimon has scored in double figures in nine of 14 ACC games and averages 10.5 points and 3.1 assists per game in conference play. He leads Duke with 37 assists over his past 10 games and owns a 2.31:1 assist-to-turnover ratio during that span.
• Senior Tyler Thornton has logged 26 assists and just four turnovers in his past 10 games, good for a 6.5:1 assist-to-turnover ratio during that span. Thornton has not committed more than one turnover in any of Duke’s 15 ACC games this season and has posted turnover-free performances eight times in conference play.
• Rodney Hood is averaging 16.1 points per game in his first season at Duke, which would be the highest scoring average by a transfer under Coach K in his first season, bettering the previous averages of Seth Curry (9.0 ppg., 2010-11), Roshown McLeod (11.9 ppg., 1996-97) and Dahntay Jones (11.2 ppg., 2001-02).