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Duke vs. Rhode Island NCAA 2nd Round Game Notes

Marvin Bagley III | Photo: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Who: 2nd Seed Duke (27-7) vs. 7th Seed Rhode Island (26-7)
When: Sat., March 17, 2018 at 2:40 p.m. ET
Where: Pittsburgh, PA / PPG Paints Arena
TV: CBS

DUKE BLUE DEVILS

Head Coach: Mike Krzyzewski (Army ‘69)
Career Record: 1,098-337 (43rd season)
Record at Duke: 1,025-278 (38th season)

RHODE ISLAND RAMS

Head Coach: Dan Hurley (Seton Hall ‘96)
Career Record: 151-104 (8th season)
Record at Rhode Island: 113-81 (6th season)

THE SERIES

Overall: 5th meeting; Duke leads 4-0
In Durham: Duke leads 1-0
In Kingston: n/a
At neutral sites: Duke leads 3-0
Duke vs. A-10 membership: 150-36
Coach K vs. Rhode Island: 3-0

THE OPENING TIP

  • With Duke looking for its 26th berth in the Sweet 16, the second-seeded Blue Devils battle seventh-seeded Rhode Island Saturday in the second round of the Midwest Region.
  • Duke is 109-36 (.752) in the NCAA Tournament, which is No. 1 all-time in winning percentage and No. 3 in wins.
  • Since 1985, Duke has been a top-three seed 29 times, four more than the next-closest school (Kansas, 25).
  • Head coach Mike Krzyzewski has led Duke to the NCAA Tournament for the 34th time, a record number of bids by a coach. Coach K’s 92 tournament wins are also the most.
  • Duke and Michigan State are the only teams ranked in the top 10 of KenPom’s offense and defense efficiency. The Blue Devils are third in offense and seventh in defense, while the Spartans are 10th in offense and ninth in defense.
  • Freshman Marvin Bagley III is just the second player in ACC history to be named ACC Player and Rookie of the Year in the same season. He leads the ACC in scoring (21.1) and rebounding (11.3), and is aiming to be the 13th player in ACC history (and first freshman) to lead in both.
  • Bagley, a first-team All-America by Sporting News and USBWA, is a finalist for the Wooden, Naismith and Malone awards.
  • Bagley’s 89 dunks this season are a Duke single-season record and more than Duke’s opponents have combined for against the Blue Devils (84).
  • Senior Grayson Allen enters the NCAA Second Round just 41 points shy of becoming Duke’s 12th 2,000-point scorer. Allen has averaged 19.3 points and shot .381 from three-point range over the last 10 games.
  • Allen is averaging 20.0 points over Duke’s last seven NCAA Tournament games, including 16 in the win over Iona. Duke is 10-2 in Allen’s NCAA career.