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Georgia Tech at Duke Game Notes

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015 • 7:01 p.m. • ESPN2

Durham, N.C. • Cameron Indoor Stadium

The Opening Tip

• Duke (18-3, 5-3) hosts Georgia Tech (10-11, 1-8) Wednesday, Feb. 4 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tipoff is set for 7:01 p.m. with Bob Wischusen (play-by-play) and Dick Vitale (analyst) 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 67-15 when ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll. Georgia Tech is unranked in both polls.

• Duke is the only team in the NCAA to rank in the top 5 of the AP Poll (No. 4), USA Today Coaches Poll (No. 5), Ratings Percentage Index (No. 5) and Strength of Schedule (No. 5).

• Mike Krzyzewski is one ACC win shy of passing Dean Smith for most conference wins in league history. Krzyzewski is 422-169 at Duke against ACC opponents.

Last Time Out

• Duke scored on 14 of its last 15 possessions to overcome an 11-point second half deficit en route to a 69-63 win at previously undefeated and second-ranked Virginia Saturday.

• Tyus Jones scored a game-high 17 points, including a game-clinching three-point field goal with 10.4 seconds remaining. He also had four rebounds and four assists in the win.

• Justise Winslow posted his first career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Quinn Cook went 3-of-4 from three-point range en route to a 15-point night.

• Jahlil Okafor added 10 points, nine rebounds (six offensive rebounds), three assists and two steals against the Cavaliers.

• Duke missed its first nine three-point field goal attempts before going 6-of-8 from long distance over the final six minutes of play.

By the numbers

• Duke is 9-1 at Cameron Indoor Stadium this season and has lost more than one game at home twice over the past 14 seasons.

• Jahlil Okafor has scored in double figures in 21 straight games, the second-longest double-digit scoring streak by a freshman at Duke. Johnny Dawkins holds the top mark after scoring 10 or more points in the first 23 games of his career.

• Quinn Cook is averaging a career-high 14.4 points per game while also posting career bests in field goal percentage (.455), three-point field goals (2.67 3pg.) and free throw percentage (.933).

• Tyus Jones is averaging 18.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game over the past four contests. He is 22-of-43 (.512) from the field, including 9-of-19 (.474) from three-point range, and 22-of-24 (.917) from the free throw line in that stretch.

• Jahlil Okafor is averaging 21.4 points per game on 71.5 percent (88-of-123) shooting over 10 games at Cameron Indoor Stadium. He has recorded six of his team-leading eight 20-point games in front of the home crowd.

• A freshman has led the Blue Devils in scoring in 16 of 21 games. Jahlil Okafor has paced the offensive attack nine times, while Tyus Jones (5) and Justise Winslow (2) have also led Duke in scoring multiple times. The rookie trio has also accounted for 13 of Duke’s 14 20-point games on the year (Okafor 8, Jones 4, Winslow 1).

• Duke is the only team in the NCAA with three freshmen averaging double figures in scoring. Jahlil Okafor (18.3 ppg.), Tyus Jones (11.2 ppg.) and Justise Winslow (10.9 ppg.) combine for 40.4 points per game (50.1 percent of Duke scoring).

• Freshmen Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow have started all 21 games. Mike Krzyzewski has started three or more freshmen in a game 56 times at Duke (including 27 times in 1982-83).

• Quinn Cook has made at least one three-point field goal in each of the past 31 games. He is shooting 41.1 percent (78-of-190) from behind the arc in that stretch. Cook is tied for second in the ACC in three-point field goals (2.67 3pg.) and fifth in three-point percentage (.403) this season.

• Duke’s starting backcourt of Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones combines to shoot 90.1 percent (127-of-141) from the free throw line on the year. Over the past 12 contests, Cook is 29-of-31 (.935) and Jones is 54-of-58 (.931) from the charity stripe.

• Jahlil Okafor (86) and Amile Jefferson (59) have combined for 145 of Duke’s 257 offensive rebounds. Okafor leads the ACC with 4.10 orpg., while Jefferson is tied for seventh at 2.81 orpg. Okafor has collected five or more offensive rebounds in a game eight times, including each of the past three games.

• Duke is shooting 53.7 percent (318-of-592) from the field, including 62.0 percent (235-of-379) from two-point range, through 10 games at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils have shot better than 50.0 percent from the field in seven of 10 home contests.

• Justise Winslow is averaging 14.0 points and 6.5 rebounds over the past two contests. He recorded his first career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds in Saturday’s win at Virginia.

• Jahlil Okafor was named ACC Rookie of the Week for the eighth time Monday. The league record for ACC ROTW citations is 10 (Kenny Anderson, Tyler Hansbrough and Jabari Parker).

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A Sweet Victory For Duke

Jones vs NCSEvery now and then a special win comes along and that is exactly what happened tonight.  The Duke Blue Devils  went into Charlottesville battling all kinds of adversity and came away with a stunning late rally  where they went on an 11-0 run to end the game for a win.  Duke was coming off a close loss at Notre Dame and lost Rasheed Sulaimon just days prior to tip off.  They were tasked in doing what no other team had accomplished all season, that being trying to defeat#2 ranked  and undefeated Virginia on their home court.

When the dust cleared Duke gutted out a win over Virginia thanks to a breath-taking spurt at games end where Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones knocked down three point shots to seal a win.  Duke played with tremendous heart and never folded taking each and every Virginia shot and countering in what resembled a heavyweight fight.  There were several times when it looked as if the Cavaliers had the Blue Devils on the ropes, poised for victory and a 20-0 start.  But the Duke team showed the heart of a champion and it was to be their night giving Coach Mike Krzyzewski a special 1001st win of his career.

The Cavaliers had shut down the Duke offense in the early going of the second half and held a late lead which seemed insurmountable.  It's no secret that all looked like doom and gloom for Duke and then their heart was rewarded.  Duke never folded despite taking what seemed like whaling punch after punch from the Cavaliers trying to knock the Blue Devils on their collective backs.  Most teams would have wilted and all that came before Duke did under such pressure against the Cavaliers relentless defense.

When a team plays together, good things happen and when you keep playing with heart while not giving up great things happen.  Great things happened for Duke.  With such a stunning win, the freshman grew leaps and bounds.  And while they still have a way to go, this could be the game where the light came on with the experience and grinding it out for a tough win.  In some respects, the freshman had to learn how to win these kind of games and the first time is always the hardest.

It's hard to know where to start when talking about how Duke won this game.  Early on Justise Winslow carried the Blue Devils and his play was vital.  Then there was Matt Jones off the bench doing the little things it takes to win.  Another plus was that Jahlil Okafor despite early struggles on offense and with turnovers never gave up and his late board play and spurts stymied the Cavaliers confidence.

But it was probably the late play of Tyus Jones and Quinn Cook which stood out the most in that they made three point shots that were like daggers at games end.  No matter what Virginia did to try and close the game out, Duke had a late, relentless answer to every great play.  In the end Duke stunned the crowd in Charlottesville into silence.  The Blue Devils also served noticed that they still have plenty of heart for the remainder of the season despite being down to just eight scholarship players.

It was quite simply a not good but great night for Duke Basketball and the fan base.  And it was a testament to the leadership of Mike Krzyzewski and his staff who adjusted on the fly and found the right buttons to push for a very sweet win.

Duke has some work to do to climb back into the ACC race, but they took down the leader on the road tonight.  And they added another win to an already solid resume which will help when the selection committee does their thing in March.  The Blue Devils needed this win on many levels and they got it.  And that makes for one heck of a happy trip back tonight for the team which solidified their bonds.

It was just a special win and effort, one which made the Blue Devil Nation social media explode into joy.  So, if you were expecting a play by play or recap of the game, that will come later.  I just wanted to talk about the heart Duke showed tonight, the guts, the effort and togetherness which translated into a most special win.

Lance King for BDN

Rasheed Sulaimon Dismissed From Team

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Lance King for BDN

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke junior guard Rasheed Sulaimon has been dismissed from the Duke basketball program as announced by head coach Mike Krzyzewski Thursday. Sulaimon remains in good academic standing and is expected to finish the spring semester.

“Rasheed has been unable to consistently live up to the standards required to be a member of our program,” said Krzyzewski. “It is a privilege to represent Duke University and with that privilege comes the responsibility to conduct oneself in a certain manner. After Rasheed repeatedly struggled to meet the necessary obligations, it became apparent that it was time to dismiss him from the program.”

Sulaimon averaged 10.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game over 90 contests as a Blue Devil. The Houston, Texas, native posted a .391 career three-point field goal percentage (115-of-294) and scored in double-figures 49 times. Sulaimon earned ACC All-Freshman Team honors in 2013 after averaging 11.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. As a sophomore, he shot a career-best 41.0 percent (43-of-105) from three-point range but saw his scoring drop to 9.9 points per game due to inconsistent play on both ends of the floor.

Sulaimon averaged 7.5 points. 2.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game this season. He was 52-of-126 (.413) from the field and 23-of-57 (.404) from three-point range.

Clemson v Duke

Duke Falls Short Vs Irish

Clemson v DukeSOUTH BEND, Ind. – In a match of player-of-the-year candidates, Jerian Grant made more clutch plays for eighth-ranked Notre Dame than Jahlil Okafor did for fourth-ranked Duke.

Grant finished with 23 points and 12 assists and in the final 67 seconds hit a jumper just as the shot clock expired, fired a pass to a wide-open Steve Vasturia for a 3 from the corner just as the shot clock expired then blocked a layup attempt as the Irish rallied from 10-points down to win 77-73.

"He loves the moment," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. "He's such a bright lights, big-stage guy. He is really clutch."

Grant sparked the winning rally when he lost control of the ball at the free-throw line as the shot clock was running down, grabbed it at the last second and hit the basket to give the Irish a 73-70 lead.

"It's a heck of a bucket," said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who won his 1,000th game on Sunday. "A fortunate bucket, but a heck of a bucket."

Grant added six rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. On the pass to set up the 3-pointer, Grant looked as though he was holding for the last shot when he suddenly passed to Vasturia in the corner. It was the only basket Vasturia made all night.

"The best thing about him is, he's going to attack, but he's not going to attack with tunnel vision just to get to the basket," Pat Connaughton said. "Everyone on this team knows that he's going to make the right play, the winning play, and he did that."

A year ago the struggling Irish stunned No. 7 Duke 79-77 by holding standout freshman Jabari Parker to a season-low seven points. The Irish couldn't do the same against Okafor, who, like Parker, is from Chicago, just 90 miles west of South Bend. Okafor was a point shy of a double-double at halftime and finished with 22 points and 17 rebounds.

But he was 2-of-7 from the free throw line, including 1-of-5 in the final 4:30.

"Jah had a heck of a game," Krzyzewski said. "If he hit those free throws then we'd be talking about Jah having the amazing game, not Grant. But Jah had a great game."

The win keeps Notre Dame (20-2, 8-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which finished in 13th place in its first season in the league last year, in second-place halfway through the conference season. Duke (17-3, 4-3) is off to its worst start in league play since opening the 1995-96 3-4 after losing their first four league games.

The Blue Devils didn't come up with enough big plays against the Irish, finishing with 13 offensive rebounds but had just nine second-chance points.

"We'll look at this as some missed opportunities," Krzyzewski said. "There were six to eight finishes right by the bucket where the ball wouldn't go in."

Zach Auguste added 14 points and six rebounds for the Irish, Pat Connaughton added 13 points and 12 rebounds and Demetrius Jackson had 10 points. Quinn Cook had 15 points for Duke, Tyus Jones 14 and Justise Winslow 13.

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Duke at Notre Dame Game Notes

CookDuke (17-2, 4-2) at [8/8] Notre Dame (19-2, 7-1)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 • 7:32 p.m. • ESPN2

South Bend, Ind. • Joyce Center

The Opening Tip

• Duke (17-2, 4-2) travels to South Bend to face Notre Dame (19-2, 7-1) Wednesday, Jan. 28 at the Joyce Center. Tipoff is set for 7:32 p.m. with Dan Shulman (play-by-play) and Dick Vitale (analyst) calling the action for ESPN2.

• The Blue Devils enter the game ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll and USA Today Coaches Poll. Duke is 66-14 when ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll.

• Notre Dame is ranked No. 8 in both polls. Duke is 9-16 all-time against teams ranked No. 8 in the AP Poll.

• Duke has won 41 of its past 62 games when both teams have been ranked in the top 10 of the AP Poll.

• Mike Krzyzewski became the first coach in Division I men’s basketball history to record 1,000 career victories with Duke’s 77-68 win over St. John’s Sunday.

• Duke is 3-0 on the year against ranked opponents with all three contests occurring away from Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Last Time Out

• Tyus Jones matched a season-high with 22 points and Jahlil Okafor added 17 points and 10 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the year as Duke topped St. John’s 77-68 Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

• Duke closed the game on a 26-7 run over the final 8:30 of play to erase a 10-point deficit. Jones scored 11 points during the run to lead the Blue Devils to their 17th win.

• Quinn Cook knocked down four three-point field goals and finished with 17 points, while Amile Jefferson added 11 points.

• The Blue Devils limited St. John’s to two made field goals over the final 8:30 of the game to help Coach K secure his 1,000th career victory.

By the numbers

• Duke has two wins over AP top 10 opponents this season. The Blue Devils have never won three road contests over top 10 foes in a season.

• Duke is shooting 56.1 percent (78-of-139) in three games versus ranked opponents. Jahlil Okafor (22-of-28) and Amile Jefferson (11-of-14) lead the Blue Devils with matching .786 field goal percentages in those contests.

• Jahlil Okafor has scored in double figures in 19 straight games, the second-longest double-digit scoring streak by a freshman at Duke. Johnny Dawkins holds the top mark after scoring 10 or more points in the first 23 games of his career.

• Quinn Cook is averaging a career-high 14.3 points per game while also posting career bests in field goal percentage (.448), three-point field goals (2.63 3pg.) and free throw percentage (.952). He has scored in double figures 17 times on the year.

• Jahlil Okafor has the highest field goal percentage (.671) in the NCAA among players attempting 10 or more shots per game. Okafor has shot over 70 percent from the field in 11 of Duke’s 19 games.

• A freshman has led the Blue Devils in scoring in 14 of 19 games. Jahlil Okafor has paced the offensive attack eight times, while Tyus Jones (4) and Justise Winslow (2) have also led Duke in scoring multiple times. The rookie trio has also accounted for 12 of Duke’s 13 20-point games on the year (Okafor 7, Jones 4, Winslow 1).

• Amile Jefferson is averaging 13.0 points per game on 20-of-30 (.667) shooting from the field over the past four games. He currently ranks second in the Duke record books with a .616 (212-of-344) career field goal percentage.

• Freshmen Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow have started all 19 games for the Blue Devils. Mike Krzyzewski has started three or more freshmen in a game 54 times at Duke, including 27 times during the 1982-83 season. The trio combines to average 39.7 points, 16.8 rebounds and 8.4 assists per game.

• Quinn Cook has made at least one three-point field goal in each of the past 29 games. He is shooting 40.0 percent (72-of-180) from behind the arc in that stretch. Cook is fourth in the ACC in three-point field goals (2.56 3pg.) and seventh in three-point percentage (.388) this season.

• Duke has outrebounded its opponent in 17 of 19 games on the year and owns a +7.4 rebound margin. Michigan State and Louisville are the only teams to outrebound the Blue Devils this season.

• Jahlil Okafor (75) and Amile Jefferson (56) have combined for 131 of Duke’s 233 offensive rebounds. Okafor leads the ACC with 3.95 orpg., while Jefferson is sixth at 2.95 orpg.

• Duke’s starting backcourt of Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones combines to shoot 90.7 percent (117-of-129) from the free throw line on the year. Over the past 10 contests, Cook is 27-of-28 (.964) and Jones is 46-of-49 (.939) from the charity stripe.

• Tyus Jones is averaging a team-best 16.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game against ranked opponents. He is 13-of-21 (.619) from the field and 19-of-21 (.905) from the foul line in such contests.

• Wednesday’s game marks Duke’s fifth road game in a seven-game stretch. The Blue Devils are 4-1 on the year in true road games.

• Tyus Jones was named ACC Co-Rookie of the Week after averaging 22.0 points and 5.0 assists per game in wins over Pittsburgh and St. John’s.