Duke vs. Colorado St. Game Preview

Tre Jones | Photo: Chris Summerville

No. 4 Duke vs Colorado St.
When: Nov. 8 | 7 PM (ET)
Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium
Watch Live: ACCNX
Links: Blue Devil NetworkRadio Affiliates


  • Fresh off a win Tuesday in the Champions Classic, No. 4 Duke welcomes Colorado State to Cameron Indoor Stadium Friday night for the Blue Devils’ 2019-20 home opener.
  • Duke is 38-1 in home openers under 40th-year head coach Mike Krzyzewski, winning all but a 76-75 double-overtime decision to Vanderbilt in 1981 — Coach K’s second season.
  • The Blue Devils and Rams are meeting for the third time, with Duke winning the previous two matchups.
  • Duke, Kansas and Gonzaga are the only programs to have won 25 or more games in each of the last 12 seasons. Duke reached the 30-win mark last season for the 15th time under Coach K, to extend an NCAA record.
  • Ranked No. 4 in the preseason AP poll, Duke is in the AP’s preseason top five for a seventh straight year. The Blue Devils will face five of the top 11 teams in the AP preseason poll this season.
  • Sophomore guard Tre Jones led Duke in Tuesday’s win over No. 3 Kansas, scoring a team-high 15 points and dishing out seven assists. He scored or assisted on 52 percent of the Blue Devils’ field goals.
  • Duke is 18-1 in games that Jones scores in double figures.
  • Nine Blue Devils saw action in Tuesday’s win, with eight different players scoring, including four in double figures.
  • Duke has won an NCAA-best 147 consecutive non-conference home games. The next longest active streak in the NCAA is 51 by Butler.

Duke is 2-0 versus Colorado State, last hosting the Rams at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Dec. 7, 2011 — an 87-64 Blue Devil victory behind 17 points from Austin Rivers…The only other meeting in the series came in the 2003 NCAA First Round, a 67-57 Duke victory at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, where Dahntay Jones scored a team-high 23…Duke is 13-2 all-time against teams from the Mountain West Conference.

Colorado State returns four starters and five letterwinners to this year’s squad along with seven newcomers to the program, which was 12-20 last season…Second-year head coach Niko Medved leads the Rams with an overall record of 91-107 in seven years as a head coach…Medved is making his second visit to Cameron Indoor, having brought his Furman squad in 2014 — a 93-54 Duke win. He was Furman’s head coach from 2013-17…First-team All-Mountain West senior Nico Carvacho is the Rams’ leading returning player. He led the nation in rebounding average last season (12.9), and with 961 career rebounds, is the MWC’s career leader on the glass…One of CSU’s assistant coaches is Ali Farokhmanesh, who gained fame in the 2010 NCAA Tournament with Northern Iowa when he hit a crucial three-pointer that helped UNI upset top overall seed Kansas in the Second Round.

The Blue Devils are 38-1 in home openers under Coach K and have won each of their last seven by an average of 33.7 points per game…Colorado State’s visit marks the second by a team from west of the Mississippi River for a home opener under Coach K. Portland tipped off the home schedule for the Blue Devils  in 2001 — a 104-62 Blue Devil victory.

Duke has played just once previously on this date — a  111-77 win over Davidson at Cameron Indoor Stadium in 2013.

Duke has posted an 892-161 (.847) all-time record at Cameron Indoor, including 534-66 (.890) under Coach K…The Blue Devils have 18 undefeated home seasons, including 11 under Coach K…Duke finished 15-2 last season at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Duke has won an NCAA-best 147 consecutive non-conference home games. Duke’s last home loss against a non-conference foe was an 83-82 decision against St. John’s on Feb. 26, 2000…Duke has also won 138 straight games at Cameron against unranked non-conference opponents (also dating back to the 83-82 loss to St. John’s on Feb. 26, 2000)…Duke’s 147-game streak has featured 88 different opponents with nine ranked in the AP Top 25.

Duke has sold out 455 consecutive games at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The last time Duke did not have a sellout at home was on Nov. 16, 1990, against Boston College…The sellout figure is the longest current streak (by time) in either men’s college basketball or the NBA.

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