Friday, March 20, 2015 • 7:10 p.m. • CBS
Charlotte, N.C. • Time Warner Cable Arena
The Opening Tip
• Duke (29-4, 15-3) faces the winner of an NCAA Tournament opening round game between North Florida and Robert Morris Friday, March 20 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. Tipoff is set for 7:10 p.m. with Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill and Tracy Wolfson calling the action for CBS.
• The Blue Devils were tabbed the No. 1 seed in the South Region. Duke has received a No. 1 seed 13 times, second-most in NCAA Tournament history.
• Duke is 99-34 (.744) all-time in NCAA Tournament play, including an 82-26 (.759) mark under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils are one win shy of becoming the third program in NCAA history to record 100 tournament wins.
• Duke is making its 20th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, the second-longest active streak in the NCAA. The Blue Devils have earned a No. 1 (11) or No. 2 (6) seed 17 times in that span.
• Duke is 32-6 (.842) in the state of North Carolina in NCAA Tournament play, including a 10-3 (.769) mark in Charlotte.
• The Blue Devils enter Friday’s game ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll and No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Duke is 75-15 overall when ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll.
Last Time Out
• Duke fell to Notre Dame, 74-64, in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament as the Blue Devils shot a season-low 17.8 percent (3-of-17) from three-point range.
• Jahlil Okafor scored a game-high 28 points on 13-of-18 shooting to go along with eight rebounds and two blocks.
• Justise Winslow notched a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Tyus Jones added 10 points, four rebounds and five assists.
• Duke shot just 50.0 percent (7-of-14) from the foul line, while Notre Dame was 22-of-25 (.880) from the charity stripe in the contest.
• Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones combined to go 6-of-25 (.240) from the field and 2-of-13 (.154) from three-point range in the loss.
By the numbers
• Jahlil Okafor was named ACC Player of the Year, becoming the first freshman in league history to claim the honor and just the ninth freshman out of a major conference (ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12, SEC) to earn player of the year accolades.
• Jahlil Okafor leads the Blue Devils and ranks among the top five in the ACC in scoring (17.7 ppg.), rebounds (9.0 rpg.) and field goal percentage (.669). He is attempting to become the first freshman to lead Duke in all three categories.
• Quinn Cook is averaging a career-high 15.7 points per game while also posting career bests in field goal percentage (.454), three-point percentage (.399), three-point field goals (2.76 3pg.) and free throw percentage (.891).
• Duke is the only team in the NCAA with three freshmen averaging double figures in scoring. Jahlil Okafor (17.7 ppg.), Justise Winslow (12.3 ppg.) and Tyus Jones (11.6 ppg.) combine for 41.6 points per game (51.6 percent of Duke scoring). All three players were Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Year finalists with Okafor claiming the honor.
• A freshman has led the Blue Devils in scoring in 24 of 33 games. Jahlil Okafor has paced the offensive attack 13 times, while Tyus Jones (7), Justise Winslow (3) and Grayson Allen (1) have also led Duke in scoring. The rookie class has also accounted for 22 of Duke’s 28 20-point games on the year (Okafor 12, Jones 6, Winslow 3, Allen 1).
• Quinn Cook has made at least one three-point field goal in each of the past 43 games, tied for the fifth-longest streak in ACC history. He is shooting 40.5 percent (113-of-279) from behind the arc in that stretch. Cook leads the ACC with 91 three-point field goals and has made two or more threes in a game 26 times this season.
• Duke’s starting backcourt of Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones has combined to shoot 88.7 percent (204-of-230) from the free throw line. The remaining six players in the Duke rotation are 292-of-485 (.602) from the charity stripe.
• Justise Winslow has scored in double figures in each of the past 14 games and is averaging 14.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game while shooting 53.5 percent (77-of-144) from the field, including 48.5 percent (16-of-33) from three-point range, in that span.
• Jahlil Okafor leads the ACC and ranks second nationally with a .669 field goal percentage (239-of-357). He has shot 70 percent or better from the field 18 times on the year. Okafor’s field goal percentage is second-best in Duke history, trailing only Christian Laettner’s .723 (115-of-159) field goal percentage as a freshman in 1989.
• Tyus Jones leads the Blue Devils in assists (190) and steals (49). Tommy Amaker (1984), Bobby Hurley (1990) and Jason Williams (2000) are the only Blue Devils to lead the team in both categories as freshmen.
• Duke leads the ACC and ranks fourth nationally in scoring (80.6 ppg.). 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 287th consecutive game as a ranked team in the AP Poll. The Blue Devils are 237-49 (.829) in that span.
• The Blue Devils are one win shy of their 14th 30-win season. Mike Krzyzewski holds the NCAA record for 30-win seasons by a coach with 13.
• Duke has lost back-to-back games in a season three times since the 2009-10 campaign and are 28-3 following a loss in that span.