Who: No. 5 Duke (22-5) vs. Louisville (18-9)
When: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018 at 9 p.m. ET
Where: Durham, NC / Cameron Indoor Stadium
DUKE BLUE DEVILS
Head Coach: Mike Krzyzewski (Army ‘69)
Career Record: 1,093-335 (43rd season)
Record at Duke: 1,020-276 (38th season)
Interim Head Coach: David Padgett (Louisville ‘08)
Career Record: 18-9 (1st season)
Record at Louisville: 18-9 (1st season)
Overall: 15th meeting; Duke leads, 8-6
In Durham: Duke leads, 2-1
In Louisville: Louisville leads, 3-2
At neutral sites: Duke leads, 4-2
Current streak: Duke, W1
Coach K vs. Louisville: 4-5
THE OPENING TIP
- No. 5 Duke begins a stretch of three games in the next six days by hosting Louisville at Cameron Indoor on Wednesday.
- Duke is allowing 66.2 points over the last 12 games, which ranks top 40 in the NCAA over that span. In ACC play, Duke is fifth in scoring defense (70.8), third in field goal defense (.401), and fourth in three-point defense (.338).
- Senior Grayson Allen was named both the Naismith National Player of the Week and the ACC Player of the Week after averaging 22.0 points, 5.0 assists, and shooting 9-of-18 from three-point range in a pair of wins last week.
- In ACC play, Gary Trent, Jr., leads the league in three-point percentage (.495) and threes per game (3.43). His overall three-point percentage of .455 paces all NCAA freshmen.
- Trent has made 22 of his last 39 (.564), 44 of his last 77 (.571), and 61 of his last 116 (.526) from three-point range.
- Freshman Wendell Carter, Jr. has 14 double-doubles this season. He has recorded a double-double in three straight games and eight of the last 11, and has scored in double-figures in 17 straight games.
- After playing with the same starting five for the first 24 games, Duke has deployed three different lineups in Marvin Bagley III’s absence (3-0).
- Bagley’s 21.2 points leads five Blue Devils averaging double figures. Duke has an effective field goal percentage of .569 (16th nationally) and is second in offensive efficiency (126.5).
- The Blue Devils play three of their final four regular-season games at home.
- Senior Grayson Allen is this week’s Naismith National Player of the Week and earned his fourth career ACC Player of the Week nod. He averaged 22.0 ppg last week.
Duke senior guard Grayson Allen (February 20, 2018)
On thinking about playing his final game in Cameron:
“No, I haven’t. First, I know we’ve got one Wednesday before that and another Saturday before that. Really though, it’s about cherishing everything these last couple of weeks that I have, the last couple home games I have. If there’s any lack of motivation or sluggishness at this point in the season, it gives me that extra motivation that says this is your last go around so knock that off.”
On dealing with Louisville’s emotion and energy:
“We’re going to come out and play hard. This is a point in our season where we have to keep building, we have to keep getting better. We need to stay on that trajectory of getting better and end the season playing our best basketball. This ins’t a game that we let up. We’re playing in front of our home crowd again and it’s about protecting our home floor and continuing to get better.”
On team stepping up in Marvin Bagley III’s absence:
“I’m very proud. Guys have stepped up. Javin (DeLaurier) having 10 rebounds in the last game, he’s been playing extended minutes and giving us great energy. He does a lot of things with screening and keeping balls alive, getting deflections defensively and contesting guys’ shots. So really, people are stepping up and playing good basketball for us and the team has come together too. That’s something we have to do and keep getting better at. We’re doing a better job of playing collective basketball out there.”
On Coach K playing more guys:
“Coach has really extended the rotation. We know these guys can play. Jack (White) is a guy I go up against in practice every day and it’s not fun. He’s big, he’s strong and he plays very, very hard. He has a great toughness about him. We know when he comes in, he adds a toughness and he makes the right basketball play out there at all times. We’ve seen what he can do with rebounding and now that he’s more comfortable out there, he’s attacking more too.”
Duke sophomore forward Javin DeLaurier (February 20, 2018)
On team’s recent winning streak:
“We’ve built on somethings over the past three games, but the important thing is, and our coaching staff has stressed it, is not to be satisfied. Even though we’ve made these improvements, we’re nowhere close to where we want to be. It’s just coming into practice every day and trying to get better and keep improving.”
On increased role:
“I’m just trying to come in and make plays and effect the game. They’re not necessarily scoring plays. Just getting rebounds, defensive stops, an extra possession. Just little things like that to help us win.”
On playing without Bagley III:
“Obviously we miss Marvin tremendously. He’s a great player, both offensively and defensively. Since the North Carolina loss, what we’ve really done is in practice, as a whole team, focused on communicating more and sharing emotion. Which we’ve done better and I’m sure Marvin will be an essential part of that when he gets back healthy.”
On lessons from the Clemson game:
“Being tough and together is something that’s really important to us. But Clemson was a really tough game. It was a fight. In the first half guys were getting beat up. Wendell (Carter, Jr.) had battles down low. But guys, Wendell especially, really grew up in the second half. He’s battling through contact, made a lot of big plays and helped us win. Games like that help us grow as a team and prepare us for March.”