• Duke opens the 2012-13 season Friday against Georgia State at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The game will air on ESPNU with tipoff scheduled for 7:02 p.m.
• Dave Flemming (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) will call the contest for ESPNU.
• Duke is ranked No. 8 in the AP Poll and No. 8 and in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Georgia State is not ranked in either poll.
• The Blue Devils have won 12 straight season-opening contests including 10 of 12 victories by 10 points or more.
• Duke has won 94 straight non-conference home games, the longest current streak in the NCAA and one shy of matching the school record.
• Friday’s contest marks Mike Krzyzewski’s 1,219th career game, fourth-most in NCAA history. He is entering his 38th season as a head coach (33rd season at Duke).
• Coach K has led the Blue Devils to 16 consecutive seasons with 20 or more wins, the second-longest active streak in the NCAA.
Duke-Georgia State Series
• Friday’s contest is the first meeting between the schools.
Duke vs. the Colonial Athletic Association
• Duke is 39-3 all-time against teams currently in the CAA, including a 22-0 mark under Mike Krzyzewski.
• Duke has a +23.0 average margin of victory in its 22 wins over current CAA teams under Coach K. The Blue Devils have won 18 of the 22 contests by 10 or more points.
• The Blue Devils have won 27 straight games against teams currently in the CAA. Duke’s last loss to an active CAA team was an 85-82 road defeat to William & Mary on Feb. 19, 1953.
• Duke lost to VCU, 79-77, in the opening round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament when the Rams were a member of the CAA. VCU left the conference this year to join the Atlantic 10.
l Duke, ranked No. 8 in the AP Preseason Poll, has been ranked in the top 10 of the AP Poll for 94 consecutive weeks. The last time Duke was not ranked in the top 10 was Nov. 19, 2007.
l Duke is 78-29 all-time in season openers, including a 30-2 mark under Coach K.
l The Blue Devils have won 12 straight season openers. The last loss in a season opener came in 1999 when Duke opened the season with a 80-79 loss to Stanford in the opening round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in New York City.
l The Blue Devils have won 30 consecutive home
openers and are 31-1 in home openers under Mike Krzyzewski. Duke’s last loss in a home opener was a 76-75 double-overtime defeat to Vanderbilt on Nov. 28, 1982.
l Duke returns 45.8 percent of its scoring from last season, including three double-figure scorers in Seth Curry (13.2 ppg.), Ryan Kelly (11.8 ppg.) and Mason Plumlee (11.1 ppg.).
l Senior Seth Curry is averaging 15.0 points per game in his two season-opening games at Duke. He is 8-of-10 from three-point range in the two contests.
l Senior Mason Plumlee is the leading returning rebounder in the ACC with 726 career rebounds. He also has 17 career double-doubles to lead all ACC returnees.
l Seth Curry has made 64 three-point field goals in each of his two seasons at Duke. He enters the 2012-13 season with at least one made three-point field goal in 14 straight games. Curry missed a significant portion of the 2012-13 preseason while resting a lower right leg injury.
l Freshmen Amile Jefferson (13.0 ppg) and Rasheed Sulaimon (16.0 ppg.) combined to average 29.0 points per game in Duke’s two exhibition contests. The rookie tandem was 23-of-39 (.590) from the field in exhibition play.
l Mason Plumlee recorded double-doubles in both exhibition games for the Blue Devils, averaging 20.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in the two wins. He shot 71.4 percent (15-of-21) from the field and 64.7 percent (11-of-17) from the free throw line in the two contests.
l Duke has had five double-figure scorers in each of its last three season openers.
DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s basketball team will be in Fayetteville on Oct. 15 for a preseason training and practice session at Fort Bragg. The Blue Devils will stay in the barracks on Sunday, Oct. 14 in preparation for a day of military-style training and practice.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to train and practice at Fort Bragg,” said head coach Mike Krzyzewski. “It will be a unique experience for our guys to go through PT and the obstacle courses. We are looking forward to the training session as well as practicing in front of the military personnel.”
Duke will participate in morning formations, flag raising and physical training along with roughly 20 soldiers from the base. The PT session will include a stretch, push-ups, sit-ups as well as a two-mile run and will be led by a sergeant major from Fort Bragg. The team also will tackle a pair of obstacle course on the base prior to holding an afternoon practice at Funk Gym.
The final hour of the practice will be open to military personal and Krzyzewski is expected to address the crowd following practice. He is also scheduled to talk to a group of roughly 300 military leaders at the Pope movie theatre prior to returning to Durham.
Duke opens the 2012-13 season on Friday, Oct. 12 with its annual preseason media day and an evening practice.
The N.C. Pro-Am kicked it into high gear last evening, and several Blue Devils were in the middle of the action, including incoming freshman Amile Jefferson. BDN Video caught up to Jefferson after the game for a brief interview:
With the summer heat upon us, many are vacationing at favorite destinations or kicking back in their air-conditioned homes, trying to stay cool. But if you are a Duke fan, it's hard to relax for too long without turning on your computer or smart phone for the latest updates. When you have a basketball program like Duke to follow, things are always hot, and this summer has been a constant sizzle.
Viva Las Vegas
Along with assistants Chris Collins and Steve Wojciechowski, Duke Head Coach Mike Krzzyewski is hard at work in the dry Vegas heat, and they've settled on who will represent Team USA in the fast approaching Summer Olympics in London, England. In case you missed it, here is the roster that was announced over the weekend. While there is an admitted shortage at the center spot, this team is athletic, long, and quick. While there are a number of high-profile players unavailable due to injury or other reasons, Coach K has nevertheless assembled a team of men who badly want to represent the Red, White and Blue, and that is extremely important. BDN's Andrew Slater is on the scene in Las Vegas bringing you the latest; he will pay a visit to camp tomorrow and will provide his insights for members of BDN Premium, our extended subscription service.
USA U-17 dominates
The U-17 team representing our country rolled past all its competition in a display which truly reflected what teams can do when they play together. Of all the American international teams in the past decade that I've personally seen, this team had perhaps the best chemistry. No less than five players on the team have caught Duke's recruiting interest, including PG sensation Tyus Jones. The kid will not wow you with his athleticism or with his frame. But this stat sheet stuffer always gets it done on the court while playing with a cool beyond his years. Jabari Parker also returned from an injury to help Team USA cruise to an easy win, and Jahlil Okafor was named MVP of the event after the team walloped Australia 95-62 yesterday to win the gold medal. For more on Team USA's U-17 victory, go here.
Speaking of recruiting interest
BDN Basketball Recruiting Analyst Andrew Slater is battling the Vegas heat to cover the Lebron James Skills Academy, which is just loaded with prospects. Julius Randle tops the list of interest for Blue Devil fans, but there are many more kids showing off their skill sets in front of the nation's top NBA and college scouts, in an event that winds down today. Among the players who have the Blue Devils' interest are SF Semi Ojeleye, who told Slater his list would soon be trimmed to a more manageable number. We are also taking another look at Marcus Lee, Andrew Wiggins, Austin Nichols, and the already committed Matt Jones. Live reports from Vegas are on our Premium Message Board (for BDN Premium members) and more interviews are on the way. As always, BDN pays close attention to the national recruiting scene as well, and we'll be sharing all the latest we've gathered from our extended network of sources.
For Duke fans, the Lebron James Skills Academy has been a debut of sorts for recent Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood. The sleek 6'8" newcomer has been impressive. He gave Slater a wonderful in-depth interview, in which he shed light on many issues, including the one-and-done rumors that circulated after a former Mississippi State teammate's comments suggested the possibility. Want to learn all the latest on Hood? Join BDN Premium and you will get just that, with this detailed and informative interview. Here is the Welcome to the Hood piece from Slater.
Other Dukies shining in Vegas as well
Duke got a major shot in the arm when Mason Plumlee decided to return for his senior season, and the big man has been working all summer long on his game. Plumlee seems more focussed, and we have the latest reports from firsthand views of him going up against the nation's best in Las Vegas. And then there is Ryan Kelly, who has been working just as hard as Mason; we will unveil a revealing interview with the rising senior captain later this week.
N.C. Pro-Am starts back on Tuesday
The Pro-Am will kick back into gear this week, and several Duke players are expected to play, though it will be hit-and-miss for a bit. With three players in Vegas and others committed elsewhere, it may be the end of this week or even into next week before Duke is represented in a big way. Still, it will be nice for local fans to get a shot at seeing off-season improvements, and BDN will be in the house to bring you all the updates. We have a long relationship with the promoters of this fine event, and we encourage everyone to head over for some serious summertime fun in one of the nation's top events of its kind. Here is a link to the official site.
Alex Murphy to London
If you have read our past reports, you know that redshirt freshman Alex Murphy has been having his way against the competition while playing for the Finnish National team. Murphy has a good sense of humor and always jokes with BDN about our traditional lead-in, "This is .... with Blue Devil Nation." I can tell you firsthand that Murphy is both excited and confident about this coming season, and that gives us reason to feel good right along with him as the summer unfolds and we look forward to Fall.
Austin Nichols invited to Nike Hoops Summit
Okay, so a lot of players are invited here but we thought we would mention that Austin Nichols, a key Duke prospect, has confirmed that he will be in Washington. D.C. for the event. We have a nice interview with Nichols on the way and, for the record, he earned high praise this weekend from our pal Dave Telep, who raved about his skills.
Andrew Wiggins a Kentucky lock?
Not according to our own Andrew Slater, who was told by the ridiculously talented Canadian that he did not understand where those rumors came from, and that he was still wide open. Wiggins also mentioned that the Duke staff had been calling his coaches. Of course, you can learn more by becoming a member of our site.
Less than 100 days
We are under the century mark in the countdown to the start of the college basketball season. Just sayin'.
Kyle Singler dunk impresses
In case you missed the news, former Duke star Kyle Singler is coming back from Spain and will ball with the Detroit Pistions this season. He had one heck of a dunk recently.
More to come
We took a few days off last week recharging the batteries. With renewed energy, BDN will soon be reporting live from a number of basketball recruiting events, and football will start to come into focus as well, with ACC Operation Football kicking off in Greensboro later this month.
In closing, we ask for your continued prayers for injured Duke football player Blair Holliday, who remains in a coma at UNC Hospital after a tragic boating accident. We will let you know of any changes in Blair's status, and hope all continue to send their best wishes and positive thoughts to his family, while respecting their privacy. Thanks.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski addressed the media today and, as usual, his summer session provided a lot of information. The biggest news to some was that it is now official that Andre Dawkins will redshirt this coming season. But there was so much more. In fact, there was so much information that I decided to just share several interesting notes from today, so read on and enjoy.
- Coach K said that last season's team was not good defensively out front. The perimeter players were not big enough or long enough to effectively pressure the ball. However, he expects they will be better able to apply that pressure this season with improved size and length on the perimeter. Improving the team's on-ball pressure will be addressed in the off-season, as will reinforcing defensive concepts out front.
- Coach K said this year's team would be more versatile and would benefit from having three senior leaders in Mason, Ryan and Seth.
- Ryan Kelly has fully recovered from his injury and is currently working out in Las Vegas.
- In fact, all the Duke players are currently in good health.
- Mason Plumlee is on an internship and is working out in Chicago.
-- Alex Murphy left two days ago for Finland to play on the Finnish National Team. His Mom played for Finland's national team as well. Coach said that Murphy would get a lot of playing time. Duke will use the 6'8" Murphy on the perimeter or in the SF role. K said having him on the wing would stretch the court and allow Duke to do some different things.
- Seth Curry will play off the ball more in order to hunt his shot. Thornton, Cook and Sulaimon would be the primary ballhandlers if the season were to start today.
- K did not mention anything about Josh Hairston losing weight in the off-season, but did say that Josh could play more on the perimeter than he has in the past.
- Marshall Plumlee is up to 240 pounds, and K believes last year's redshirt season would help him. He likes his work ethic and enthusiasm, and mentioned his toughness as well.
- Incoming freshman Rasheed Sulaimon has played well and K believes that he, like all players do, will grow from the experience of playing international basketball.
- One peeve that Coach K mentioned was the transfer rate in college basketball. He thinks it's just out of control, as more than 450 kids are moving to different schools. As the NCAA is not doing much about the problem, K believes that college hoops needs a governing body to address issues like this.
- Coach said the one-and-done mentality has always existed but that players now leave more quickly when facing controversy or any type of difficult situation. He noted as well that sometimes kids leave before the book is written, and referenced 2010, where Duke's senior-laden team blossomed into champions.
- Also on transfers, K believes that transfers are being recruited harder than high school prospects now, and he implied the battles were vicious. Again, he recommends that studies needed to be done to support controlling this trend.
- He mentioned some teams trying to improve their APR as well, as that measure will have UConn on the sidelines of the NCAA tournament this year.
- Coach was aked if in the future he would recruit differently in light of having lost Kyrie Irving and Austin Rivers back to back, after only one year apiece at Duke. He said there are no real recruiting philosophies that he could describe in the current climate.
- He also said that Rivers and Miles Plumlee were expected to do well in the upcoming NBA Draft, and that the success of former Duke players in the league enhances perceptions of Duke and helps Duke's image with new prospects.
- Coach said that he faces challenges with Team USA from both the effects of the condensed NBA season as well as injuries. They have yet to finalize a roster. He glowed when talking about the play of Russell Westbrook, and scoffed at so many analysts who examine his game under the microscope, noting that Westbrook is just 24 years old. He said LeBron James would play for Team USA for sure. In discussing LeBron, Coach K stated that some kids learn in different ways and that while James has had to learn some tough lessons, he is a special and gifted player.
- When questioned whether it bothered him that N.C. State and North Carolina seemed to be getting more love, he quipped, "I like what we've done" and preferred to talk about that. He gave a bit of a sly smile at that moment, and there is good reason for that. My take is that K was saying, in effect, "let people overlook us. That's exactly what we want them to do." And if you truly know hoops, then you realize Duke will be just fine this coming season and when it's all said and done, the Blue Devils will sit in their customary position at the top of the league.
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