Wednesday, January 4, 2012 • 7:00 p.m. (ET) • ESPN2
The Opening Tip
• Duke (12-1) faces Temple (9-3) on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. (ET).
• The game will be televised by ESPN2 with Carter Blackburn (play-by-play) and Jimmy Dykes (analyst) calling the action.
• Duke is ranked No. 5 in the AP Poll and No. 3 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Temple is unranked in both polls. The Blue Devils are 64-23 all-time when ranked fifth in the AP Poll.
• The Blue Devils have won 16 consecutive non-postseason (ACC & NCAA Tournaments excluded) neutral site contests entering Wednesday’s contest.
• Duke is looking to start the season 13-1 for the 19th time in school history and the 13th time under Mike Krzyzewski.
• With a win on Wednesday, Duke would improve to 6-0 on the year in neutral site contests.
• Duke and Temple have met 27 times with the first meeting between the two schools coming in 1931.
• The Blue Devils lead the all-time series, 18-9, including an 11-1 mark under Mike Krzyzewski.
• Duke has won nine consecutive games and 15 of the last 18 in the series.
• Six of the last nine games in the series have been decided by 10 points or more.
Duke vs. the Atlantic 10
• The Blue Devils are 79-27 all-time against Atlantic 10 opponents.
• Duke has won 18 consecutive games against Atlantic 10 opponents dating back to a 59-58 loss to Temple on Jan. 25, 1996.
• Mike Krzyzewski is 36-1 against the Atlantic 10 as the head coach at Duke.
l Duke is 35-2 in neutral site contests since the start of the 2008-09 season. The Blue Devils have won one NCAA Championship, three ACC titles and four in-season tournaments in that span.
l The Blue Devils have won 16 consecutive non-postseason (ACC & NCAA Tournaments excluded) neutral site contests.
l Duke has won 49 consecutive games against teams outside the traditional power conferences (Big Ten, Big East, SEC, ACC, PAC 12, Big 12).
l The Blue Devils have won 34 of their last 37 non-conference contests. Duke is 62-7 in non-league games since the start of the 2008-09 season.
l Quinn Cook has not committed a turnover in his last 62 minutes on the floor. He has recorded 19 assists since his last turnover in the first half of Duke’s win over UNC-Greensboro on Dec. 19. On the year, Cook has just six turnovers in 150 minutes for an average of 25.0 minutes between turnovers. His 4.8:1 assist-to-turnover ratio leads the team.
l Miles Plumlee is averaging 10.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game over the last four contests. Plumlee has collected 10 or more rebounds twice during that stretch.
l Duke is averaging 47.7 rebounds per game over the last three contests and has a +19.3 rebound margin in that span. The post trio of Mason Plumlee, Miles Plumlee and Ryan Kelly is averaging 28.7 rebounds per game (opponents are averaging 28.0 rpg.) in that span.
l Quinn Cook is averaging 12.0 points, 6.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game over the last three games. He is 12-of-19 (.632) from the field during that stretch.
l Either Mason or Miles Plumlee have grabbed 10 or more rebounds in nine of Duke’s 13 games this season. Mason has reached double figures in rebounds seven times, while Miles has three double digit rebounding efforts.
l Seth Curry is averaging 18.5 ppg. while shooting 13-of-24 (.542) from the field, including 6-of-11 (.545) from three-point distance, over the last two games.
l Duke is shooting 48.5 percent (33-of-68) from three-point range over the last three games. Tyler Thornton is 6-of-7 (.857), while Ryan Kelly is 7-of-10 (.700) from behind the arc in that stretch.
l The Blue Devils are averaging 91.6 points per game during their current five-game win streak. Austin Rivers, Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly, Mason Plumlee and Andre Dawkins are each averaging in double figures during the win streak.
l Duke has distributed 20 or more assists in each of the last two games and three times this season.
l Duke has scored at least 40 points in 10