Duke vs Wake Forest Pregame Notes

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No. 5 Duke (17-2, 4-2) vs. Wake Forest (10-9, 3-4)
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 • 8:05 p.m. • ACC Network
Winston-Salem, N.C. • Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum (14,665)

ACC Network
Play-by-Play: Tom Werme
Analyst: Mike Gminski

Blue Devil IMG Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Bob Harris
Analyst: John Roth
Sirius – 93, XM – 190

The Opening Tip

  • Duke is 17-2 on the year and looking to match the 10th-best start in school history with a win. The Blue Devils have opened the season 18-2 11 times overall, including four times under Coach K.
  • The Blue Devils are ranked No. 5 in both the AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll. Duke is 72-24 all-time when ranked No. 5 in the AP Poll.
  • The Blue Devils have been ranked in the AP Top 10 for 106 consecutive weeks.
  • Duke is playing its 196th straight game as a top-10 team in the AP poll. Duke is 163-32 in that span.
  • The Blue Devils are looking for their first true road win of the season. Duke is 0-2 in ACC road games this season after going 8-0 on league opponents home courts last season.
  • Duke is one of only two teams in the country ranked in the top five in the AP and Coaches polls, the NCAA RPI and SOS rankings.

The Last Time Out

  • All five starters reached double figures in scoring as Duke topped Maryland, 84-64, on Saturday. Duke’s starters combined for 79 of the team’s 84 points in the game.
  • Rasheed Sulaimon scored a season-best 25 points, while Mason Plumlee added 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.
  • Seth Curry added 13 points, while Quinn Cook finished with 11 points and nine assists and Amile Jefferson collected 11 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.
  • Duke knocked down 11-of-22 three-point field goal attempts with Sulaimon going 6-of-8 from behind the arc. He made his first six three-point attempts en route to matching a Duke freshman record for threes in a game.
  • The Blue Devils had 18 assists and a season-low four turnovers (fewest by a Duke team since March 8, 2002 – 3) in the contest.

Numbers Game

  • Duke, ranked No. 5 in the latest AP Poll, has been ranked in the top 10 of the poll 106 consecutive weeks. The last time Duke was not ranked in the top 10 was Nov. 19, 2007.
  • Duke and Kansas are the only two teams ranked among the top five in the Associated Press Poll (No. 5), Coaches Poll (No. 5), NCAA RPI (No. 1) and Strength of Schedule index (No. 2).
  • Duke leads the ACC in three-point percentage (.411) and three-point field goals per game (7.8 3pg.). The .411 three-point field goal percentage would rank as third-best in school history.
  • The Blue Devils own a 1.43:1 assist-to-turnover ratio on the season, which would best the previous school record of 1.32 set by the 2000-01 NCAA Championship team. Duke has 294 assists to 206 turnovers and is coming off of an 18:4 assist-to-turnover mark against Maryland.
  • Mason Plumlee has 10 or more rebounds in five of Duke’s six ACC games and averages a league-high 11.2 rebounds per game. He is attempting to become the first Blue Devil to lead the league in rebounding since Shelden Williams in 2005-06.
  • Since Ryan Kelly went down with a foot injury prior to the N.C. State game, freshman Amile Jefferson has seen his minutes jump from 8.8 per game to 23.0 per game. Jefferson has increased his scoring average (3.1 to 10.0 ppg), rebounding average (1.9 to 7.0) and block average (0.3 to 1.8) with the increased minutes.
  • Quinn Cook, averaging 11.1 points and 6.2 assists per game, is attempting to join Dick Groat (1952), Bobby Hurley (1991, 1992), Jason Williams (2000, 2001) and Chris Duhon (2004) as the only players in Duke history to average at least 10.0 points and 6.0 assists per game.
  • Duke recorded a season-low four turnovers in Saturday’s win over Maryland and have now had eight games with 10 or fewer turnover this season. The Blue Devils lead the ACC in turnovers per game (10.8 topg.), turnover margin (+4.5) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4:1).
  • Rasheed Sulaimon is averaging 18.7 points per game while shooting 11-of-18 (.611) from three-point range over the last three games. He matched a Duke freshman record with six three-point field goals, while scoring a game-high 25 points in Saturday’s win over Maryland.

Duke-Wake Forest Series History

  • Duke leads the all-time series 161-77, including a 26-6 mark since the 1996-97 season.
  • The Blue Devils are 42-23 against Wake Forest under Mike Krzyzewski.
  • Duke has won the last six meetings in the series with five of those six wins coming by 10 or more points.
  • The Blue Devils lead the all-time series at Lawrence Joel Coliseum, 11-10. Duke has won two straight contests at the venue.
  • Wake Forest was the first team Duke faced in the program’s inaugural 1905-06 season. Wake Forest won back-to-back games that year, 24-10 and 15-5.
  • The series is the most played series in Duke basketball history. The teams have met 238 times, surpassing the N.C. State series (237) and North Carolina series (234).
  • Duke topped the Demon Deacons, 80-62, early this season at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Ryan Kelly and Seth Curry each had 22 points in the victory, while Mason Plumlee recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Quinn Cook established a career-high 14 assists in the victory as well.

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