Wednesday, February 25, 2015 • 9:05 p.m. • ESPN2
Blacksburg, Va. • Cassell Coliseum
The Opening Tip
• Duke (24-3, 11-3) travels to Blacksburg, Va. for a road contest against Virginia Tech (10-17, 2-12) Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Cassell Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 9:05 p.m. with Bob Wischusen and LaPhonso Ellis calling the action for ESPN2.
• The Blue Devils enter the game ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll and No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Duke is 73-15 when ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll. Virginia Tech is unranked in both polls.
• Duke and Kansas are the only teams in the NCAA to rank in the top 10 of the AP Poll (No. 4), USA Today Coaches Poll (No. 5), Ratings Percentage Index (No. 4) and Strength of Schedule (No. 6).
• Duke is 11-2 away from Cameron Indoor Stadium and ranks first in the NCAA in road/neutral site RPI. The Blue Devils have wins at No. 2 Wisconsin, No. 2 Virginia and No. 6 Louisville as well as a neutral site win over No. 19 Michigan State.
Last Time Out
• Duke posted a 78-56 win over Clemson Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium as four Blue Devils scored in double figures.
• Quinn Cook matched a career-high with 27 points to go along with four rebounds, four assists and a steal. Cook was 11-of-18 from the field, including 3-of-7 from three-point range.
• Justise Winslow recorded a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds, while also collecting a season-high four steals. He was 8-of-14 from the field and 3-of-4 from the foul line in the win.
• Tyus Jones delivered 11 points, nine assists and four steals, while Grayson Allen had his second career double figure scoring game with 10 points.
• Duke shot 51.7 percent (30-of-58) from the field, marking the 13th time it has shot 50 percent or better from the field in a game.
• National Player of the Year candidate Jahlil Okafor missed the Clemson game with an ankle injury.
By the numbers
• Jahlil Okafor leads the team in scoring (17.9 ppg.), rebounds (9.4 rpg.) and field goal percentage (.661). He is attempting to become the first freshman to lead Duke in all three categories.
• Quinn Cook is averaging a career-high 15.5 points per game while also posting career bests in field goal percentage (.464), three-point percentage (.407), three-point field goals (2.74 3pg.) and free throw percentage (.887).
• Duke is the only team in the NCAA with three freshmen averaging double figures in scoring. Jahlil Okafor (17.9 ppg.), Justise Winslow (11.9 ppg.) and Tyus Jones (11.7 ppg.) combine for 41.5 points per game (51.5 percent of Duke scoring).
• The freshmen trio of Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow have been together in Duke’s starting lineup 26 times. Mike Krzyzewski has started three or more freshmen in a game 61 times at Duke (including 27 times in 1982-83).
• A freshman has led the Blue Devils in scoring in 20 of 27 games. Jahlil Okafor has paced the offensive attack 11 times, while Tyus Jones (6) and Justise Winslow (2) have also led Duke in scoring multiple times. The rookie trio has also accounted for 17 of Duke’s 21 20-point games on the year (Okafor 10, Jones 5, Winslow 2).
• Quinn Cook has made at least one three-point field goal in each of the past 37 games, tied with Trajan Langdon for the longest streak in Duke history. He is shooting 41.2 percent (96-of-233) from behind the arc in that stretch.
• Duke’s starting backcourt of Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones has combined to shoot 87.9 percent (167-of-190) from the free throw line. Over the past 17 contests, Jones is 72-of-79 (.911) and Cook is 46-of-52 (.885) from the charity stripe.
• Justise Winslow has scored in double figures in each of the past eight games and is averaging 15.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game while shooting 51.3 percent (41-of-80) from the field, including 50.0 percent (9-of-18) from three-point range, in that span.
• Jahlil Okafor leads the ACC and ranks second nationally with a .661 field goal percentage (193-of-292). He has shot 70 percent or better from the field 15 times on the year.
• Tyus Jones has scored in double figures in 10 of the past 11 games and is averaging 15.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game in that span. He is 50-of-110 (.455) from the field, including 19-of-41 (.463) from three-point range, over the past 11 contests.
• Quinn Cook has played 164 of a possible 165 minutes over the past four games and is averaging 23.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in that span. He is 30-of-58 (.517) from the field and 15-of-32 (.469) from three-point range during the four-game stretch.
• Duke leads the ACC in scoring at 80.6 points per game. The Blue Devils are looking to pace the conference in scoring in back-to-back years for the first time since finishing atop the league scoring charts from 1997-2003.
• Duke is playing its 281st consecutive game as a ranked team in the AP Poll. The Blue Devils are 232-48 (.829) in that span.
• The Blue Devils have had four or more double figure scoring in 10 consecutive games and 24 times overall on the year.
• Duke has shot 50 percent or better from the field 13 times on the year. The Blue Devils are 13-0 in those contests and 486-31 under Mike Krzyzewski when shooting 50 percent or better from the floor.