Duke at ACC Tournament Quarterfinal
March 14, 2014 • 9 p.m.
Greensboro, N.C. • Greensboro Coliseum (23,300)
ESPN • ACC Network
Blue Devil IMG Sports Network • ESPN Radio
The Opening Tip
• Duke earned the No. 3 seed in the ACC Tournament and will play in the quarterfinal Friday, March 14, at 9 p.m. Duke will face one of sixth-seeded Clemson, 11th-seeded Georgia Tech or 14th-seeded Boston College. The game will air on ESPN, the ACC Network and the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network.
• Duke enters the tournament ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press poll and No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Duke has been ranked in the top 10 in 14 of the 19 polls this season. Duke is 79-22 all-time when playing as the No. 7 team in the AP poll.
• Duke is 18-2 when playing in the state of North Carolina this season. Duke went 17-0 at home in Cameron Indoor Stadium and lost at North Carolina (66-74) and Wake Forest (72-82).
• The Blue Devils have played one game at Greensboro Coliseum, defeating Elon, 86-48, on Dec. 31, 2013.
The Last Time Out
• Jabari Parker turned in one of the all-time great performances in the history of the Duke-North Carolina rivalry, scoring 30 points with 11 rebounds to lead the Blue Devils past the Tar Heels, 93-81. Parker hit 10-of-17 field goals and 8-of-9 shots from the free throw line.
• Parker’s 30 points were the most by a Duke freshman in the Duke-North Carolina series, while his 30-10 performance was only the eighth under head coach Mike Krzyzewski (five players).
• Rodney Hood added 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting for Duke as he and Parker combined for a season-high 54 points in the win.
• Duke outrebounded North Carolina 34-20 and pulled down 16 offensive boards.
• The win wrapped up an undefeated home season for the Blue Devils, who finished 17-0 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke has gone undefeated at home in back-to-back seasons and 18 times overall.
By The Numbers
• Duke went 17-0 in Cameron Indoor Stadium this season, marking the second straight undefeated season at home for the Blue Devils. Duke has won 33 consecutive games at home, tied for the longest active streak in the country. Duke has gone undefeated at home 18 times.
• Duke owns an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.50:1, which would rank as the second-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.
• Freshman Jabari Parker was named to the USBWA, Sporting News and Sports Illustrated All-America first teams, becoming the first Duke freshman to earn All-America first team honors. Parker is only the second Duke freshman to earn All-America status, joining Austin Rivers, who received the honor from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) in 2011-12.
• Parker was named ACC Freshman of the Year after leading the ACC during the regular season in rebounds (9.0 rpg.) and double-doubles (14), ranking second in scoring (19.2 ppg.) and 20-point games (16) and third in field goal percentage (.487 – 209-of-429). Parker is only the fourth freshman in conference history to lead the league in rebounds.
• Parker is one of just six freshmen since 1997 to average at least 19 points and nine rebounds a game. The others were Kevin Durant (Texas – 2007), Michael Beasley (Kansas State – 2008), Kris Humphries (Minnesota – 2004), Carmelo Anthony (Syracuse – 2003) and Troy Murphy (Notre Dame – 1998).
• Rodney Hood has hit a three-pointer in 28 consecutive games and in 30 of Duke’s 31 games this season. The 6-8, 215-pound forward has hit a team-high 65 treys this season while shooting .425 (65-of-153) from behind the arc, second in the league behind only teammate Andre Dawkins (.433 – 61-of-141).
• Andre Dawkins scored his 1,000th career point this past Saturday against North Carolina, becoming the 63rd player to join Duke’s 1,000-point club. Dawkins is averaging a career-best 8.4 points per game this season.
• Tyler Thornton has a team-leading 3.90 assist-to-turnover ratio on the season while averaging 2.4 assists per game. He has just three games with more than one turnover this season, including 16 games with zero turnovers.