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Duke vs. Virginia Tech Game Notes

Grayson Allen & Javin DeLaurier | Photo: Chris Summerville

Who: No. 12 Duke (20-5) vs. Virginia Tech (18-7)
When: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Durham, NC / Cameron Indoor Stadium
TV: ESPN2

DUKE BLUE DEVILS

Head Coach: Mike Krzyzewski (Army ‘69)
Career Record: 1,091-335 (43rd season)
Record at Duke: 1,018-276 (38th season)

VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES

Head Coach: Buzz Williams (Oklahoma City ‘94)
Career Record: 224-141 (11th season)
Record at Virginia Tech: 71-55 (4th season)

THE SERIES

Overall: 55th meeting; Duke leads, 45-9
In Durham: Duke leads, 19-1
In Blacksburg: Duke leads, 11-6
At neutral sites: Duke leads, 11-1
Current streak: Virginia Tech, W1
Coach K vs. Virginia Tech: 16-4

THE OPENING TIP

  • No. 12 Duke begins a stretch of three of four at home with Virginia Tech Wednesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
  • The Hokies have won two straight and five of their last six games, including a win at now-No. 1 Virginia on Saturday.
  • Wednesday’s game matches up the two highest scoring teams in the ACC. Duke averages 88.8 ppg (tied for first in the NCAA), while Virginia Tech averages 83.7.
  • Gary Trent, Jr., leads the ACC in three-point shooting in conference play (.500; 41/82). His overall percentage of .454 is second in the ACC and leads all NCAA freshmen.
  • Trent has made 15 of his last 24 (.625), 37 of his last 62 (.597), and 54 of his last 101 (.535) from three-point range.
  • Wendell Carter, Jr., is the only player in the nation shooting .600+ from field, .450+ from three and .700+ at the free throw line. He leads the ACC in both overall field goal percentage (.605) and in league play (.600).
  • Led by Marvin Bagley III’s 21.2 points, Duke has five averaging in double figures. The Blue Devils have an effective field goal percentage of .570 (16th nationally) and are second in offensive efficiency (127.1).
  • Since KenPom began tracking offensive efficiency in 2002, Duke’s 127.1 rating would be the third-highest on record.
  • Bagley is bidding to be the first Blue Devil, and the league’s first freshman, to lead the ACC in scoring and rebounding. Of the 12 previous ACC players to accomplish it, eight have won the league’s Player of the Year Award.
  • Bagley is second nationally with 18 double-doubles, and has tied Duke’s freshman record for dunks in a season (64).
  • Senior Grayson Allen is coming off a 23-point effort at Georgia Tech — his 36th 20-point game. Duke is 6-0 this season and 30-6 in his career when Allen scores 20+.

PREGAME QUOTES

Duke freshman forward Wendell Carter, Jr. (February 13, 2018)

On changes when Grayson Allen is running the point:
“Last year he had to do it for Duke. He’s known for being a great shooter. Putting him at the point guard position, he has to make sure everyone’s doing what they’re supposed to do. Being here for four years, he knows the system, he knows what we need to do on the offensive and defensive end. I think it’s definitely a good thing for us. He plays off of us, he gets us open shots.”

On playing without Marvin Bagley Jr.:
“Marvin’s a phenomenal player and with him not being out there, it puts a lot of attention on the other players out there. We just have to step up. He comes and plays hard every day, every game. Marvin plays well on the offensive and defensive end so we just have to pick up that slack since he’s not out there with us,”

On how Grayson has helped lead the team during ACC play:
“Like I said, being here for four years, he knows the ropes. He knows what’s going to happen and the teams we’re playing. He just tries to prepare us mentally and emotionally. Share emotions with each other and play as hard as you can because every team is coming out to get our number. Just because we have Duke across our chest, we automatically have that target on our back. He’s just tried to help us be prepared for that situation.”

On key against Virginia Tech:
“To play hard for 40 minutes. Recently, we’ve been playing very well in the first half, but something’s not there for us in the second half. As long as we come out and play hard for 40 minutes, I believe we’ll come out with a victory. They play very hard. They beat Virginia, who’s also a very good team. They play hard and play for each other.”

Duke freshman guard Gary Trent, Jr. (February 13, 2018)

On what has led to hot shooting last nine games:
“Getting into a rhythm. Having confidence in myself and letting it fly. Playing as hard as I can, finding open spots in the opposing team’s defense and it’s working out for me. I’m going to continue to play hard and try to play at a high level.”

On change in the release of his shot:
“Earlier in the year, I was getting the ball off kind of slow and Coach told me if I wanted to be successful, I needed to get it off a little bit faster. I just practiced reps of getting my release quicker and it came to me. That’s all I keep doing, keep working on my craft.”

On handling Virginia Tech’s backcourt:
“They’re a great team and well coached. They have some phenomenal players. We’re going to go out there and play hard. If we play our basketball and play Duke basketball and do what we came to do, we should be successful. They’re deep. They have great players and a great coach and we have to come ready. It should be a great game tomorrow night.”

On takeaway from North Carolina and Georgia Tech games:
“We’ve got to communicate. That’s what it’s been all year and that’s one of the biggest keys for us as a team. It’s something we always need to improve upon and just get better on. On the defensive end, just with one another on the court, communication.”

On Grayson running the point:
“G got everyone into their spots. He’s great at that spot. He had some nice little lobs to Wendell. Putting us in our spots and running the offense, he did a great job at that.”