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Duke vs Tennessee in Maui Invitational Game Notes

Game 5 • EA Sports Maui Invitational

[6 AP / 6 Coaches] Duke (4-0) vs. Tennessee (2-0)

Monday, November 21, 2011 • 5:30 p.m. (ET) • ESPN2

The Opening Tip

• Duke (4-0) faces Tennessee (2-0) on Monday, Nov. 21 at the Lahaina Civic Center in a second round game of the EA Sports Maui Invitational. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. (ET).

• The game is being televised by ESPN2 with Dave O’Brien (play-by-play) and Jimmy Dykes (analyst) calling the action.

• Duke is ranked No. 6 in both the AP Poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Tennessee is unranked in both polls.

• Duke topped Belmont, 77-76, in its first round game of the Maui Invitational, while Tennessee defeated UNC Greensboro, 92-63, in its regional site game. The tournament expanded its field to have on-campus first round games in 2011.

• The Blue Devils are 13-0 all-time in the Maui Invitational, including a 12-0 mark at the Lahaina Civic Center. Duke has won Maui Invitational titles in 1992, 1997, 2001 and 2007.

Duke-Tennessee Series

• The Duke-Tennesse all-time series is tied 7-7 entering Monday’s contest.

• All 14 games in the series were played prior to Mike Krzyzewski taking over as head coach at Duke with the first contest being played in 1911.

• Duke has won five of the last seven games in the series.

• Seven of the 14 games in the series have been decided by 10 points or less.

Duke vs. the SEC

• Duke is 113-58 all-time against teams currently in the Southeastern Conference.

• Under Mike Krzyzewski, Duke is 21-7 against the SEC.

• The Blue Devils are playing their first SEC opponent since falling to LSU, 62-54, in the Sweet Sixteen of the 2006 NCAA Tournament.

Numbers Game

l Duke is 12-0 all-time at the Lahaina Civic Center with nine of the victories coming by 10 or more points.

l Duke is 31-2 in neutral site contests since the start of the 2008-09 season. The Blue Devils have won one NCAA Championship, three ACC titles and three in-season tournaments in that span.

l The Blue Devils have won 12 consecutive non-postseason (ACC & NCAA Tournaments excluded) neutral site contests.

l The Blue Devils have won 27 of their last 29 non-conference contests. Duke is 55-6 in non-league games since the start of the 2008-09 season.

l Duke has won 32 consecutive games in November, dating back to a 73-62 loss to Marquette in the championship game of the 2006 CBE Classic. The Blue Devils are 112-10 all-time in the month of November under Coach K.

l Duke is 100-28 all-time when ranked No. 6 in the AP poll. The Blue Devils have won seven straight games when ranked sixth overall.

l Seth Curry has scored in double figures in all four games this season and is averaging a team-high 15.8 points per game. He is 10-of-17 from three-point range this season and now has 74 three-point field goals in 41 games a Blue Devil. Curry is shooting 45.1 (74-of-164) percent from behind the three-point arc in his Duke career.

l Duke is shooting 46.4 percent (32-of-69) from three-point range through four games. Seth Curry, Austin Rivers, Ryan Kelly, Tyler Thornton and Quinn Cook have each knocked down two or more three-pointers in a game this season.

l Five Blue Devils (Seth Curry, Mason Plumlee, Austin Rivers, Andre Dawkins and Ryan Kelly) are averaging 5-10 shots per game. Curry and Rivers are attempting a team-high 9.3 shots per contest.

l Mason Plumlee is tied for fourth in the ACC in blocks at 2.3 bpg. He is one block shy of becoming the 15th player in Duke history with 100 or more career blocks.

l Duke’s post rotation of Ryan Kelly, Mason Plumlee and Miles Plumlee combine to average 32.1 points and 20.8 rebounds per game. The trio is also shooting 59.5 percent (44-of-74) from the field on the year.

l The Blue Devils scored 42 points in the paint in Friday’s win over Davidson. Duke is averaging 29.5 points in the paint per game this season with two games with 40 or more points scoring inside the key.

l Ryan Kelly has scored in double figures in three of the four games this season. Duke is 12-0 when Kelly scores 10 or more points in a contest.

l Duke is averaging 32.0 free throw attempts per game. The Blue Devils have made 16 more free throw than their opponents have attempted.

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BDN Coverage begins today – Davidson game, Georgia Tech football game, National Prep Showcase and Maui Invitational

BDN is about to begin it’s coverage of many events and I will be heading to Cameron Indoor Stadium shortly as Coach Mike Krzyzewski makes his first appearance since winning #903.  As always, we’ll be tweeting from press row to bring you colorful tidbits.  After the game, we’ll have some interviews up as well, so be sure to check that out.

Our premium members will get treated to Andrew Slater, our in house recruiting analyst and his unique coverage of some #Duke prospects this weekend.  He will keep us abreast of the happenings at the National Prep Showcase and as we all know, Duke Basketball recruiting never ends.

I will be on hand for the seniors final game against Georgia Tech  in football tomorrow as well and here is to hoping you come out and support their efforts to upset Georgia Tech.

Duke will take on Tennessee in Maui on Monday and BDN will be in the house, as staff member Terry Rains will bring you timely interviews after the games.  Not many folks will make this journey, so our coverage should be quite popular.

Blue Devil Nation  is out there beating the pavement and we are always on the scene to bring you the best coverage available.  If you want to support Blue Devil Nation and gain full site access to our lively and private message board and get the inside scoop, join today!   Lastly, join our new Blue Devil Nation open facebook group and talk with fellow Duke fans while gaining access to some cool pictures.  That’s free, so what are you waiting for.

Go Duke!

BDN’s Duke Basketball Notebook – the season is upon us

It’s time for this season fourth edition of BDN’s Duke Basketball notebook as the Blue Devils are set for tip off.  On to the yapping -

Duke has a tough opener vs Belmont, Maui Invitational bits

It’s been a long time since Duke opened with an opponent as dangerous as Belmont, who they play Friday at 9:00 in Cameron Indoor Stadium.  You have to go back to the 2001-02 season when Duke came away with a 1 point victory over Seton Hall.  Normally, teams schedule a walk through game in their opener but not Coach Kryzewski, at least not this season.  Belmont returns everybody of significance from a 30 win team a season ago and they have veterans at key positions.  Meanwhile Duke is young, really young and they will have their hands full in that Belmont is much better than the opponents they faced in their two exhibition wins.  This game is actually a part of the Maui Invitational, an event the Blue Devils have never lost a game in, but Duke will advance win or lose, while Belmont then plays at Memphis, a team the Duke could meet if they defeat Tennessee which is  expected in the opening round.  Former Wake Forest Coach David Odom set up these games and Duke could have probably backed out but Krzyzewski knew this game would offer a chance to prepare his team for the likes of Kansas, Memphis, Michigan or UCLA, all top rated teams in the Maui Invitational.  Duke will see a well drilled team in fundamentals in Belmont and while I think the Blue Devils will win, the game could be a lot closer than people think.

Duke turns around to play in mere hours against Presbyterian on Saturday

Duke will turn around after some time for sleep and face Presbyterian at home.  This game will be a walk through and a test for the young Blue Devils legs.  They will need to bounce back quickly in Maui so this game too is somewhat by design.  The reason I say somewhat is that Duke thought this would be a 7:00 game but instead it is a 9:05 tip off.  Interestingly, the 4:30 tip off on Saturday will be about the time the first half is ending for the football team who travels to Virginia for a 3:00 start.

The word is Defense

In talking to the players on media day, the word all of them mentioned is a Duke staple, that being “defense.” Be it Seth Curry or Austin Rivers, all the Blue Devils said that what they were working on after the two exhibition games was getting it together on the defensive end of the court.  Duke and defense … so what’s new?  Speaking of Seth Curry, we’ll have a video interview with him up in shor

Krzyzewski approaches all time wins mark and there is lots of media attention

If you are not behind the scenes covering Duke, you may not realize how much media pull Krzyzewski has been handling.  Everybody, every outlet from here to Asia wants a piece of Coach who is approaching the all time wins mark.  If Duke wins their two home openers, he can break the record at Madison Square Garden in New York versus Michigan State.  If the Blue Devils slip, that home ticket against Davidson will likely triple in value.  Regardless, Krzyzewski will be honored upon his return.  There are a bevy of specials on, starting tomorrow on ESPNU and speaking of ESPNU, both of the Blue Devils home opener will be televised by that network.  Mike Breen and Doris Burke will be doing the opener, no word on the following evening but likely the same team.  Anyhow, back to the demand on Coach K’s time … there will be several newspaper specials and shows in the works and we’ll keep you posted on them either here or through one of our social network outlets.

BDN Social Networks, join now!

Speaking of our social networks, we have a new Facebook group, called Blue Devil Nation and it is an open group, meaning all can participate.  Just follow the link to your right and I will approve you in short time.  There you will find some great photo galleries from the games as well as off beat fun pics.  And you definitely want to follow us on our popular and informative twitter site.

Duke-UNC Alumni Game Update

The promoters had little time to assemble the Duke-UNC Alumni game and as we mentioned on twitter, the game has been postponed.  They are still trying to bring it together but if the NBA and players reach an agreement, it will be a pipe dream.  None of these events which you are hearing of around the nation are sanctioned by the NBA, so players take the risk of injury.  That fact has kept the event from being held at Cameron Indoor Stadium or the Dean Dome in that they want no part of possible injuries.  Of course, players want to play and earn a little coin during the lockout, so it may very well happen yet and it will be at N.C. Central University and it does, don’t be shocked if there are two games, you heard that here first.

A salute to the military on Veterans Day

In recognition of Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11, Duke Athletics will show its support of our servicemen and servicewomen by inviting over 250 armed forces personnel to Cameron Indoor Stadium to attend the Duke Men’s Basketball season opener against Belmont at 9 p.m.  The soldiers from the Marine Corp Air Station Cherry Point, Marine Corp Air Station Cherry Point Single Marine Outing, Camp Johnson and Camp Lejeune will attend the game free of charge and standing amongst the Cameron Crazies in the student section on Friday night.  If you know somebody that fought for oyur country, thank them on this day. Prior to the game, there will also be a moment of silence as we remember all those who have been lost while defending our freedom.

Clash In Cameron, there will be both boo birds and cheers

Now that Mitch McGary has singed with Michigan, the boo birds will likely be out in Cameron on December 17th during the Clash in Cameron which features the nations top high school players.  McGary and his Brewster Academy will play the 7:00 game, while the nations top rated player and major Duke prospect, Jabari Parker will take to the court at 9:00.  Stay tuned foe more details.

Rasheed Sulaimon is a Duke Blue Devil

Rasheed Sulaimon put pen to paper on signing date and he is now an official Duke Blue Devil.  Welcome to Duke, Rasheed!  In case you are wondering the early signing period began on November the 9th and runs until the 16th.  The next signing period will be from April 11th to May 16th.

BDN will be on the scene all season long

BDN coverage will be top notch again this season.  We are scheduled to be at every game with the exception of #2 ranked Ohio State in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge,at Georgia Tech,  at Clemson.  That’s all but three games that we’ll be at live and in person via our wonderful staff.  Terry Rains will be in Maui reporting for us and we look forward to that and Andrew Slater will be in New York when Coach K hopefully sets the all time wins mark.  And as always, the original press row tweets from Cameron will continue all season long.  It all started in the national championship season when we were right their in the middle of it all be it on the court for the celebration or in the locker rooms.  BDN gets out there to bring you the best possible coverage we can and that’s why this is the most Duke-centric no official site out there!  We can’t wait for the season to start!