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Duke vs UNC Notes and Numbers, 2/9/2017

Duke (18-5, 6-4) vs. North Carolina (21-4, 9-2)
When: Feb. 9 at 8 PM (ET)
Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium
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THE OPENING TIP

  • The 243rd edition of college basketball’s best rivalry takes place at Cameron Indoor Stadium Thursday when No. 18 Duke hosts No. 8 UNC.
  • Duke has won four of the last five meetings overall and three of the last four at home. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski is 43-39 against the Tar Heels.
  • Duke has utilized nine different starting lineups this season. No starting lineup combination has played more than five games together.
  • Led by Luke Kennard (19.8), Duke is one of three major-conference teams with three players averaging at 15.0+ points (also Arizona State and UCLA).
  • Kennard ranks third in the ACC with an average of 34.7 minutes per game. Despite the workload, he ranks third in the ACC in scoring and leads ACC guards with a .531 field goal percentage.
  • Jayson Tatum’s average of 15.8 points per game is on pace to rank sixth among freshmen in Duke history. He has a chance to become just the fifth freshman under Coach K to average at least 15.0 points and 6.0 rebounds.
  • Kennard, Tatum and Grayson Allen – Duke’s top three scorers – are shooting a combined .836 (250-of-299) from the free throw line.
  • Duke’s best perimeter defender, Matt Jones also ranks fourth in the ACC in steals (1.7) and accounts for nearly a third of Duke’s steals on the season.
  • Duke is 10-1 this season and 35-3 in his career when Amile Jefferson has a team-high in rebounds.