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Delaware at Duke Game Notes

Duke vs. Delaware

Saturday, December 1, 2012 • 2:07 p.m. • RSN

Durham, N.C. • Cameron Indoor Stadium



Play-by-Play: Mike Hogewood

Analyst: Eddie Fogler


Blue Devil IMG Sports Network

Play-by-Play: Bob Harris

Analyst: John Roth

Sirius - 139, XM - 194


• Duke is ranked No. 2 in both the AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll. Delaware is unranked in both polls.

• The Blue Devils are 7-0 on the year and looking to improve to 8-0 for the fourth time in the last six seasons.

• Duke has defeated three top-five teams, taking down No. 3 Kentucky, No. 2 Louisville and No. 4 Ohio State. That marks the first time in school history that Duke has beaten three top-five opponents before the start of conference play.

• Duke’s starting lineup of Quinn Cook, Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly, Mason Plumlee and Rasheed Sulaimon combine to average 70.9 points per game which is 91.6 percent of the team’s total scoring.

• Duke scored 50 points in the second half against No. 4 Ohio State to erase a 31-23 halftime deficit. The Blue Devils are averaging 42.4 points per game in the second half.

Duke-Delaware Series:

• Duke won its only meeting with Delaware, claiming a 79-73 victory over the Blue Hens on Dec. 19, 1995 in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

• Duke’s three assistant coaches — Jeff Capel, Chris Collins and Steve Wojciechowski — all played in that game and scored in double figures. Collins led the trio with 16 points, Capel scored 15 points and dished out six assists, and Wojciechowski scored 10 points with two steals.


• The Blue Devils own a 40-3 record against teams in the Colonial Athletic Association, including a 23-0 mark under Coach K.

• Duke has won 28 consecutive games against teams from the CAA. Duke’s last loss to a team from the CAA was an 85-82 overtime defeat at the hands of William & Mary in 1953.


• Duke is ranked No. 2 in both the AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll. Delaware is unranked in both polls.

• Duke, ranked No. 2 in the latest AP Poll, has been ranked in the top 10 of the poll 97 consecutive weeks. The last time Duke was not ranked in the top 10 was Nov. 19, 2007.

• The Blue Devils are playing their 184th straight game as a top-10 team in the AP poll. Duke is 153-30 in that span.

• Duke defeated No. 2 Ohio State in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Wednesday, extending a school-record streak of 97 consecutive non-conference home victories. That is the longest active streak in the country. Duke’s last loss on Coach K Court came on Feb. 26, 2000 against St. John’s (83-82).

• The Blue Devils have won 43 of their last 48 non-conference contests. Duke is 75-9 in non-league games since the start of the 2008-09 season.

• Duke is 111-16 all-time when ranked No. 2 in the country. The Blue Devils have won five straight when holding the second spot in the AP poll.

• The last time Duke and Delaware squared off, Duke’s three assistant coaches — Jeff Capel, Chris Collins and Steve Wojciechowski — were all on Duke’s roster. All three scored in double figures and combined to score 41 points in Duke’s 79-73 victory.

• Duke’s starting lineup has accounted for 91.5 percent of the team’s total scoring this season with 496 of Duke’s 542 points through seven games. The starters have scored 293 of Duke’s 305 points over the last four games.

• Duke is 97-13 (.882) with Ryan Kelly in the lineup. He currently ranks fourth at Duke in career winning percentage.

• Duke ranks 11th nationally in free throw percentage, shooting .783 (137-of-175) from the line. That is an improvement of .082 from last season's free throw percentage of .702 (606-of-864).

• All five of Duke's starters are shooting 70.0 percent or better from the free throw line.

• Mason Plumlee has shot 50.0 percent or better from the field in each of the past 13 games dating back to last season. Plumlee is 74-of-113 (.655) from the field during that span, including 47-of-72 (.653) this season.

• Plumlee is one of only four players in the country averaging at least 18.0 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per game. He is the only one of those four shooting over 60.0 percent from the floor (.653).

• Plumlee broke Duke’s all-time dunks record in the Blue Devils’ last outing. With 149 career dunks, Plumlee surpassed former Duke great Robert Brickey, who threw down 147 dunks from 1987-90.

• Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon has scored in double figures in six straight games and is the third-leading freshman scorer in the ACC at 12.7 ppg.

• Sulaimon averages 4.3 rebounds per game, which is the highest average of any ACC player under 6-foot-5.

• Quinn Cook has scored in double figures in three of his past four games while accounting for 27 assists during that span.

• Cook has improved his scoring average 6.5 points per game and his assist average 4.0 per game from the 2011-12 season.

• Duke has 18 former players on NBA rosters this season, which is the second most of any NCAA team behind only Kentucky (20).