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Duke vs Miami Game Notes

Game 13 * ACC Opener
[1 AP / 1 Coaches] Duke (12-0, 0-0 ACC)  vs. Miami (11-3, 0-0 ACC)
Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011 * 7:45 p.m.

The Opening Tip
* Duke faces Miami on Sunday, Jan. 2 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in the ACC opener for both schools. Tipoff is set for 7:45 p.m.
* The game is being televised by FSN with Tim Brando (play-by-play), Mike Gminski (analyst) and Jenn Hildreth (sideline) calling the action.
* Duke is ranked No. 1 in the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, while Miami is unranked in both polls.
* The Blue Devils enter the contest 12-0 on the year, while the Hurricanes are 11-3 overall.
* Duke has won 22 consecutive games entering Sunday’s contest.
* Duke has won three straight conference openers and 23 of its 30 ACC openers under Mike Krzyzewski.

The Duke-Miami Series History
* Duke is 13-2 all-time against Miami with a 6-0 mark at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
* The Blue Devils have won nine of the 10 meetings since Miami joined the ACC prior to the 2004-05 season.
* Mike Krzyzewski is 13-1 against Miami.
* Duke has won three straight in the series and 13 of the last 14 contests.
* The last four meetings between the two schools have been decided by seven points or less.
* Eight of the 15 games between Duke and Miami have been decided by less than 10 points.
* Duke has scored 90 or more points against Miami six times with three 100-point efforts.
* Duke won the last meeting 77-74 in the semifinals of the 2010 ACC Tournament.

Numbers Game
* Mike Krzyzewski moved into second place on the NCAA all-time wins list with Duke’s win over UNC Greensboro on Wednesday. He enters Sunday’s game 22 wins shy of Bobby Knight’s NCAA-record of 902 career victories.
* The Blue Devils have won 22 consecutive games dating back to a 79-72 loss at Maryland on March 3, 2010. Duke has won 30 of its last 31 games.
* Duke has only lost two home games in the past four seasons, posting a record of 55-2 in Cameron Indoor Stadium during that span. The Blue Devils currently have a 26-game win streak at home.
* Duke has won 48 straight home games against unranked opponents. The Blue Devils’ last loss at Cameron Indoor Stadium to an unranked opponent was to Florida State on Feb. 4, 2007.
* Duke is 23-7 (.767) in Atlantic Coast Conference openers under Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils have won 23 of their last 27 conference openers, including 13 of the last 14 league lid lifters.
* Sunday’s game marks the ACC opener for Duke. The Blue Devils are 42-15 (.737) all-time in the previous 57 openers.
* Duke has scored 80 or more points in 11 games this season. The Blue Devils have won 26 consecutive games when scoring 80+ points. Duke is 493-46 under Coach K when scoring 80 or more points in a game.
* Seniors Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith have scored 20 or more points in each of the last three games. The tandem is averaging 47.3 points per game in that span while shooting 61.3 percent (49-of-80) from the field, including 65.2 percent (15-of-23) from three-point range.
* Kyle Singler is averaging 22.3 points per game while shooting 52.0 percent (13-of-25) from three-point range in the last four games.
* Duke is averaging 49.2 points per game in the second half of play this season. The Blue Devils are shooting 57.3 percent (192-of-335) from the field, including 56.1 percent (69-of-123) from three-point range after halftime.
* Senior Nolan Smith has accounted for 32.2 points per game (scoring and assists) this season. He has not had a game with less than 25 total points between assists and points. Smith is coming off a 46-point effort (26 points scored + 20 points off nine assists) in Wednesday’s win over UNC Greensboro. He has accounted for 30 or more points six times on the year.
* The Blue Devils lead the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage (.442) and are tied for sixth nationally in three-point field goals (9.8 3pg.). Duke has made 10 or more threes in a game six times and has made 56 more treys than its opposition.
* Duke leads in the NCAA with a +27.5 scoring margin. The Blue Devils have won seven games by 30 or more points.

Blue Devil Nations Monday Musings

Duke Cheerleaders rock!

Well Duke’s win over Maryland pushed the Blue Devils record to 21-4 overall and 9-2 in conference but they are still just ahead of Wake Forest in the race to be atop the ACC standings.  Next up is Miami and on the surface this game looks much easier than it will likely be.  The Hurricanes are just 3-8 in conference, but there three wins are over Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, all of which are good teams should be recognized.  Look a bit closer and all three wins came in Coral Gables which is not an easy place to play due to travel for most ACC teams.  Then one sees that of Miami’s last five regular season games, all but one are at home.  In short, a win over would give them 18 wins and could propel them to take care of business at home.  When teams backs are against the wall, they are dangerous and Miami will be trying to play their way into the post season.

This weekend Duke celebrated Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s 1000th game at Duke and several players returned for the event including ex coaches.  The highlight for me was to see the guys from the sixties who labored under Vic Bubas, Duke’s other great coach.  Bubas set a new standard in recruiting, going after players afar and his system changed the way the rest of the ACC recruited over time.  I had a chance to talk with Bubas and Bucky Waters for a bit and finally got his autograph on a classic picture with his then players Jeff Mullins and Art Heyman, two players whose numbers hang in Cameron.

We were supposed to talk with ex Dukie Kenny Dennard, but were unable to get back with him.  FWIW, Dennard kidnapped “rubber Hurley,” from me during the Coach K Academy.  What is rubber Hurley you ask?  Well, back in the day I was a memorabilia dealer on the side and I came across a gumby like figure of Bobby Hurley with a striking resemblance to the former number eleven.  Dennard being the jester that he is borrowed, er, kidnapped the rare rubber Hurley … okay it’s plastic but the rubber Hurley name just stuck … for a few laughs.  The first thing he said when he saw me is I have your little Hurley thingie.  And I was thinking, yeah, but do you have it with you.  I had made a recording with Dennard a bit back but technical difficulties kept me from running it.  You see, Kenny thought I was holding out for my dear, rare rubber Hurley;)  Well, KD, I know you’re out there so call me and we’ll talk of some of your torrid tales from back in the day.  And you can keep rubber Hurley provided you take care of it for I must confess I have another one.

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Okay, getting serious again, we’ll start a feature called Monday Morning Quarterback next week where we’ll focus on Spring Football.  With just one practice in the fold we felt a little more information would be better.  I will be bringing you some interviews and thoughts along the way and Patrick Cacchio will be involved as well.  He has a feature coming up shortly where he breaks down the 2010 schedule.

On the recruiting front Duke offered Michael Gbinije, pronounced “ben na jay<” over the weekend.  Read more about that on BDN Premium which requires a membership.  Andrew Slater chatted with the elusive Kyrie Irving over the weekend and took in the action at the Primetime Shootout so that is on the way as well.  We’ve been busy around here thus a recruiting update was pushed back, but I assure you, Gbinije did not sneak up on us.  It’s interesting to see the chest thumping out there saying they broke this when some knew before they even realized he was in Cameron on Saturday.  Anyhow, we’ll address this and more as the week progresses.

Our former cheerleader galleries were the most popular and we will be bringing back photo galleries in the future.  But you can expect a different cheerleader each week on Monday Morning Musings.  It’s our way of showing support for support and recognizing their hard work.

We have been contemplating making some changes around here and we have polled our members in the past, but we are working on a questionnaire for general readers of the site and we hope you will participate when that comes out.