Duke vs. Virginia Tech
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 • 7:00 p.m. • ESPNU
Durham, N.C. • Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Play-by-Play: Tom Hart
Analyst: Len Elmore
Sideline: Paul Carcaterra
Blue Devil IMG Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Bob Harris
Analyst Opening: John Roth
Sirius - 91; XM – 91
The Opening Tip
• The Blue Devils are ranked No. 3 in the AP Poll and No. 4 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Duke is 2-1 this season and 111-23 overall when ranked No. 3 in the country.
• The Blue Devils have been ranked in the AP top 10 for 111 consecutive weeks. Duke has been ranked in the top five in 15 of the 18 polls this season.
• Duke is playing its 206th straight game as a top-10 team in the AP poll. Duke is 171-34 in that span.
• Head coach Mike Krzyzewski ranks tied for second for most wins by a coach at one school with 879 career victories at Duke.
• Duke is 15-0 at Cameron Indoor Stadium this season with one home game remaining. The Blue Devils have 16 undefeated seasons in Cameron.
• Duke is the only team in the top 5 of the Associated Press Poll (No. 3), Coaches Poll (No. 4), NCAA RPI (No. 1) and Strength of Schedule index (No. 1).
The Last Time Out
• Ryan Kelly returned to the lineup for the first time since Jan. 8 and scored a career-high 36 points to lead Duke past No. 5 Miami, 79-76, at Cameron Indoor Stadium Saturday.
• Kelly, who had missed Duke’s previous 13 games with a foot injury, set career highs in both field goals (10) and three-pointers (7) and also led Duke with seven rebounds. His 36 points were the most by a Blue Devil since Jon Scheyer scored 36 against Gardner-Webb on Dec. 15, 2009 and the most by a Duke player against a top-five team since J.J. Redick scored 41 against No. 2 Texas on Dec. 10, 2005.
• Quinn Cook scored 15 points and sank four shots that either tied the game or put Duke in the lead. Mason Plumlee also scored in double figures with 12 points.
• The win was Duke’s fourth over a top-five team this season and fifth straight over a top-five team.
• Head coach Mike Krzyzewski won his 400th ACC game Saturday against Miami, becoming only the second coach in league history to reach that plateau. Krzyzewski tied Dean Smith for the second-most wins at one school, recording his 879th win at Duke Saturday against Miami.
• Duke, ranked No. 3 in the latest AP Poll, has been ranked in the top 10 of the poll 111 consecutive weeks. The last time Duke was not ranked in the top 10 was Nov. 19, 2007.
• Duke is the only team in the top 5 of the Associated Press Poll (No. 3), Coaches Poll (No. 3), NCAA RPI (No. 1) and Strength of Schedule index (No. 2). Miami is the only other school to rank in the top 10 in all four polls.
• With a win on Tuesday, Duke would finish undefeated at home for the third time in the last four seasons. The only other time the Blue Devils accomplished that feat was from 1961-1964 (undefeated in 1961, 1963 and 1964). Duke is 799-153 all-time in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• Duke is 4-0 against top-five teams this season, becoming the first squad since the 1991-92 USC Trojans to start a season 4-0 against top-five teams. Duke has defeated No. 2 Louisville, No. 3 Kentucky, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Miami this season.
• Duke has had at least one player score 20 or more points in each of the last five games. Four different players have accomplished the feat with Seth Curry posting three 20+ point games and averaging 18.6 ppg., while shooting 50.0 percent (15-of-30) from three-point range in that span.
• Duke is 4-0 against ranked opponents with Ryan Kelly in the lineup. The senior forward is averaging 18.8 points while shooting 61.1 percent (11-of-18) from three-point range. All four of the victories have been against a team ranked in the top five of the AP Poll.
• The Blue Devils are shooting 47.5 percent from three-point range over the last four games. Seth Curry and Quinn Cook are a combined 22-of-43 in that stretch, while Ryan Kelly returned to the lineup with a 7-of-9 effort from behind the arc in the win over Miami.
• Mason Plumlee is averaging 18.8 points and 11.5 rebounds per game at Cameron Indoor Stadium this season. He has recorded 10 of his ACC co-leading 16 double-doubles at home.
Duke-Virginia Tech Series History
• Duke leads the all-time series with Virginia Tech 41-8 with a 16-1 record in games at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke has won three straight games over Virginia Tech in Cameron.
• The Duke-Virginia Tech series began on Feb. 16, 1912 when Duke won 37-32.
• Duke is 12-3 against Virginia Tech under head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
• Duke has won five straight meetings and nine of the last 10 contests.
• Duke is 12-3 against Virginia Tech since the Hokies joined the ACC in 2004-05.
• With 71 points in six games against Virginia Tech, senior Seth Curry has scored the fifth-most points by a Duke player in the Virginia Tech series. Curry has hit at least one three-pointer in five straight meetings against Virginia Tech.
• In the last meeting, Duke got 22 points from Seth Curry and 17 from Rasheed Sulaimon to take down Virginia Tech 88-56 in Blacksburg. The win was Duke’s largest over an ACC opponent since an 82-50 win over North Carolina on March 6, 2010.