Who: #20/19 Duke (19-6, 8-4) vs. # 5/4 North Carolina (21-4, 10-2)
When: February 17, 2016 | 9:00 p.m. ET
Where: Chapel Hill, NC | Dean E. Smith Center (21,750)
THE OPENING TIP
- No. 20/19 Duke will take a four-game winning streak to Chapel Hill on Wednesday for the season’s first meeting with No. 5/4 North Carolina, marking the 241st edition of college basketball’s most storied rivalry.
- Duke leads the NCAA with an .829 (204-42) winning percentage since the start of the 2009-10 season. Since the start of the 1996-97 season, Duke is 111-50 (.689) in ACC road games.
- Duke employs one of the nation’s most lethal offensive attacks, ranking 13th in the NCAA in scoring offense (83.4) and second the country in adjusted offensive efficiency (121.9).
- Duke ranks 12th nationally in turnover average (10.2) and ninth in offensive turnover percentage (14.7). Grayson Allen and Matt Jones have a combined 2.09 assist-to-turnover ratio on the year.
- Duke features two of the top five scorers in ACC play, as Allen (20.3) ranks second and Brandon Ingram (18.9) is fifth in league play.
- Duke averages 9.0 three-pointers per game overall and 9.5 per game in ACC play, both of which lead the league. Allen (54), Ingram (54) and Jones (59) are bidding to become the first trio in Duke history to each make 70 three-pointers in a season.
- Allen is on pace to become just the ninth player to lead Duke in both scoring and assists in a season. Duke is unbeaten in his team-high 11 games this season with 20-plus points and 11-1 this season when he leads the team in scoring.
- Among ACC freshmen in all games this season, Ingram leads in scoring (17.2), three-point percentage (.409), rebounding (6.7) and double-doubles (6), and ranks second in blocks (1.5).
- Luke Kennard leads the ACC and ranks third in the nation with a .914 free throw percentage, which would rank second in Duke history by a freshman.
- Duke has had 2,244 minutes played by freshmen this season, eighth-most nationally and fourth-most among major-conference teams.