Duke vs. Vermont
Nov. 24, 2013 • 6:30 p.m.
Durham, N.C. • Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
ESPNU • Blue Devil IMG Sports Network
The Opening Tip
• Duke welcomes Vermont to Cameron Indoor Stadium Sunday for a 6:30 p.m. contest. Tom Hart (play-by-play) and Adrian Branch (analyst) will call the action for ESPNU.
• The Blue Devils enter the contest with an NCAA-best 105 consecutive non-conference home wins.
• Duke is ranked No. 6 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches’ Polls. The Blue Devils are 111-30 all-time when ranked No. 6 in the AP Poll.
• The Blue Devils have won 20 straight home games entering Sunday’s contest.
• Jabari Parker has scored 20+ points in each of Duke’s five games this season, becoming just the second player in Duke history to accomplish that feat.
• The Blue Devils are playing their 218th straight
game as a top-10 team in the AP poll. Duke is 180-37 (.829) in that span.
The Last Time Out
• Duke jumped out to a 18-point first half lead before holding on for an 83-74 win over East Carolina in the second round of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• Rodney Hood posted a career-high 30 points, while going 8-of-10 from the field, including 2-of-2 from three-point range, and 12-of-12 from the free throw line in the win.
• Jabari Parker posted his fifth straight 20-point game, finishing with 21 points, nine rebounds, two assists and a season-best six blocked shots versus the Pirates. Parker made three key blocks in the final five minutes of play to help thwart an ECU comeback attempt.
• Quinn Cook recorded his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 assists.
• Duke made its first 11 shots of the game and shot 60.0 percent from the field in the opening half.
By The Numbers
• Duke, ranked No. 6 in the latest AP Poll, has been ranked in the top 10 of the AP Poll for 116 consecutive weeks. The last time Duke was not ranked in the top 10 was Nov. 19, 2007.
• Jabari Parker has scored 20 or more points in each of the first five games of the season, marking just the second time a Duke player has accomplished that feat. Art Heyman opened the 1961-62 season with 10 straight 20-point games.
• Jabari Parker (22.4 ppg.) and Rodney Hood (21.8 ppg.) are the top scoring tandem in the ACC at 44.2 points per game. The duo has combined for eight 20+ point scoring games, while shooting 74-of-119 (.622) from the field and 67.7 percent (21-of-31) from three-point range. Duke is one of only seven teams in the nation with two players averaging at least 20.0 points per game.
• Rodney Hood is averaging 24.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. He has missed just 12 shots overall at home, while shooting 79.5 percent (31-of-39) from the field, including 77.8 percent (7-of-9) from three-point range, and 87.9 percent (29-of-33) from the free throw line.
• Duke has scored 90 or more points in three of its first five games and is tied for 12th in the NCAA in scoring at 93.0 points per game. The Blue Devils are 271-8 under Coach K when scoring 90 or more points in a game.
• Duke (4-1) has not lost more than one game in the month of November since the 1999-00 season. The Blue Devils are 78-4 in the month over the last 14 seasons.
• Duke has shot 50.0 percent or better from the field in four of its five games and ranks third in the NCAA in field goal percentage (.561). The trio of Amile Jefferson (.783) and Rodney Hood (.723) and Jabari Parker (.556) combine to shoot 64.9 (92-of-142) percent form the field.
• Junior Quinn Cook leads the ACC in assists (7.0 apg.) and ranks third in assist-to-turnover ratio (5.0:1) while also averaging 12.6 points per game for the Blue Devils. Cook and Juwan Staten (West Virgina) are the only players in the NCAA averaging at least 10.0 points and 7.0 assists per game with a 5.0:1 or better assist-to-turnover ratio.
• Duke opponents are averaging just 11.4 points from the three-point line per game while shooting 19-of-72 (.264) from long range. Duke has not allowed more than five treys in a game this season.