- Who: Hartford Hawks (3-6) vs. Duke Blue Devils (7-1)
- When: Dec. 5 at 7 PM.
- Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, NC.
- TV: ESPN2 (Bob Wischusen/LaPhonso Ellis)
- Stream: WatchESPN
- Radio: Blue Devil IMG Sports Network (David Shumate/John Roth)
- Satellite Radio: Sirius/XM: 81 / 81 (Duke broadcast)
DUKE VS. HARTFORD
- Duke and Hartford have never met in men’s basketball.
- Duke is 8-0 versus America East Conference schools.
- The Hawks were 19-14 last season, 11-5 in AmEast games, and lost at San Diego in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
- Hartford head coach John Gallagher played at St. Joseph’s and played against a Duke team that included Blue Devil assistants Nate James and Chris Carrawell — an 89-60 Duke win at Cameron on Nov. 20, 1996.
- No. 3 Duke remains home Wednesday night for a match-up versus the University of Hartford at Cameron Indoor.
- The teams are meeting for the first time, and the Blue Devils are 8-0 all-time versus America East Conference teams.
- Freshman RJ Barrett leads the ACC in scoring (23.1), just ahead of classmate Zion Williamson, who is second (20.8).
- Barrett is the ACC Freshman of the Week this week, averaging 24.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in wins over Indiana and Stetson last week.
- Williamson leads the conference in blocked shots (18) and is tied for the lead in steals (16), is second in field goal percentage (.677) and sixth in rebounding (8.8).
- With Barrett and Williamson, Duke is the only power conference school to have multiple players averaging 20.0+ points per game. They are the only freshman duo nationally to each be averaging 20.0+ points.
- Freshman Tre Jones leads the ACC in total assists (48) and assist-turnover ratio (6.00). His 6.00 ratio is second nationally and he is 34th nationally in assists/game (6.0).
- Freshman Cam Reddish has hit at least one three in every game, and his 26 made treys are tied for the ACC lead.
- Barrett is 19th nationally in scoring, Williamson is 45th in scoring, while Jones is second in assist-turnover ratio.
- Duke enters the Hartford game leading the country in blocked shots per game (7.4), ranked fifth nationally in scoring and sixth in steals per game (10.0).
NON-CONFERENCE HOME WIN STREAK
- Duke has won an NCAA-best 143 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 135 straight games at Cameron against unranked non-conference opponents (also dating back tothe 83-82 loss to St. John’s on Feb. 26, 2000).
- Duke has sold out 442 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.
CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM
- Duke has posted an 881-159 (.847) record at Cameron Indoor, including a 523-64 (.891) mark under Coach K.
- The Blue Devils have 18 undefeated home seasons, including 11 under Coach K.
- Duke is 4-0 this season at Cameron and outscoring teams by an average of 95-59.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
- Duke is 144-9 (.941) at Cameron Indoor Stadium this decade (since the 2009-10 season), the third-best home winning percentage in the NCAA over that stretch.
- Last season marked Duke’s 53rd 20-win season.
- Duke has won 20 or more games in 22 consecutive seasons, including the 2017-18 campaign.
- The Blue Devils have recorded 30 or more wins an NCAA-record 14 times under Coach K.
- Duke, Kansas and Gonzaga are the only programs to have won 25 or more games in each of the last 11 seasons.
BARRETT EARNS ACC WEEKLY HONOR
- This week’s ACC Rookie of the Week, RJ Barrett enters the Hartford game leading the ACC in scoring (23.1), with classmate Zion Williamson (20.8) second in scoring.
- Barrett averaged a team-best 24.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in a pair of dominant wins over Indiana and Stetson.
- In the Stetson win, he became the first player in Duke history to go for 25+ points, 7+ rebounds, 7+ assists and 4+ steals, as he scored a game-high 26 points with seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals in just 18 minutes.
- Barrett and Williamson have each been named the ACC Rookie of the Week once this season, and over the last five-plus seasons, Duke has had the ACC Rookie of the Week more than 50 percent of the time (47 of possible 91 weeks).
HOT STARTS FOR THE ROOKIES
- Barrett and Williamson are the only freshman teammates nationally averaging 20.0+ points, and the only duo — regardless of class — among power conferences.
- Barrett broke the Duke freshman record for points in a debut with 33 against Kentucky (one shy of Duke’s overall freshman scoring record), and has scored 18+ in each game this season, including 20+ seven times.
- Williamson has scored 13+ in each game and 21+ five times.
- Williamson has both of Duke’s double-doubles this season — 27 and 16 against Army and 22 and 10 against Gonzaga.
- Williamson is the ACC’s only player ranked in the top 10 for both blocked shots (18, first) and steals (16, tied first). He is second in FG percentage (.677) and sixth in rebounds (8.8).
- Tre Jones leads the ACC in total assists (48) and assist-turnover ratio (6.00), which ranks second nationally.
- Cam Reddish is tied for the ACC lead in made three pointers (26). He has hit at least one three in every game, including a Duke freshman record seven against Army.