Duke vs Wake Forest Pregame Notes

Duke (13-0, 0-0) vs. Wake Forest (7-5, 0-0)
Saturday, January 5, 2013 • 12:02 p.m.
Durham, N.C. • Cameron Indoor Stadium

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Analyst: Jay Williams

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The Opening Tip

  • Duke is 13-0 on the year and looking to open the season with 14 straight wins for the sixth time under Mike Krzyzewski.
  • The Blue Devils are ranked No. 1 in both the AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll. Duke has been ranked No. 1 in 11 of the past 16 seasons.
  • Duke has been ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll 125 weeks overall, including 107 weeks under Coach K.
  • Duke is 211-31 all-time when ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll. Krzyzewski is second in NCAA history with 187 wins and 213 games at the helm of the top-ranked team in the AP Poll.
  • Senior Ryan Kelly has scored at least 20 points in three consecutive games against Wake Forest. He averages 15.6 points per game in four career contests against Wake Forest.
  • Saturday’s game marks the ACC opener for both schools. Duke has won five consecutive ACC openers and is 25-7 in ACC openers under head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

The Last Time Out

  • Duke won its fourth straight game as the nation’s No. 1 team, defeating Davidson, 67-50, Wednesday in Time Warner Cable Arena.
  • Ryan Kelly scored a game-high 18 points and continued his hot shooting from three-point range by hitting 3-of-4 shots from beyond the arc. Quinn Cook added 15 points, and Mason Plumlee and Tyler Thornton also scored in double figures with 10 points apiece.
  • Duke outscored Davidson 38-21 in the second half and held the Wildcats scoreless over the first 6:08 of the second half.
  • Davidson outrebounded Duke 22-15 in the first half, but the Blue Devils responded by outrebounding the Wildcats 18-12 in the second half. After amassing nine offensive rebounds and 14 second-chance points in the first half, Davidson grabbed just four offensive boards and scored four second-chance points in the second half.

Numbers Game

  • Duke, ranked No. 1 in the latest AP Poll, has been ranked in the top 10 of the poll 102 consecutive weeks. The last time Duke was not ranked in the top 10 was Nov. 19, 2007.
  • Under Coach K, Duke has played more games as a No. 1 team (213 entering Saturday’s contest) than it has as an unranked team (141).
  • Duke is playing its 190th straight game as a top-10 team in the AP poll. Duke is 159-30 in that span.
  • The Blue Devils have won five straight ACC openers and are 25-7 in ACC openers under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Duke’s last loss in a league opener came on January 6, 2007, against Virginia Tech, 69-67, in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
  • Duke has won 19 ACC Regular Season Championships, including 12 under Coach K. Duke has won five of those titles since the 1999-2000 season.
  • The Blue Devils have finished in the top two of the ACC standings in five consecutive seasons. Duke has finished 13-3 four times during that span.
  • As a team, Duke is shooting 52.3 percent (23-of-44) from three-point range over the last three games. Ryan Kelly (7-of-10, .700), Tyler Thornton (5-of-8, .625) and Quinn Cook (3-of-6, .500) are all shooting 50.0 percent or better from three-point range during that span.
  • On the season, Duke is shooting 41.7 percent (98-of-235) from three-point range which would rank as the third-highest three-point shooting percentage in school history. Duke has shot over 40.0 percent from three just three times in school history (1982-83, 1986-87, 1991-92).
  • Seth Curry needs just 24 more points to reach 1,000 for his career. Curry would be the second Duke player to reach that mark this season, following Mason Plumlee who netted his 1,000th career point against Santa Clara on Dec. 29.
  • Duke’s point guard combo of Quinn Cook and Tyler Thornton combines to average 8.5 assists and just 3.9 turnovers per game, good for a 2.22:1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
  • Duke has one of the most efficient offenses in the country, averaging 1.15 points per possession which ranks tied for 11th nationally. That is the second-highest average in the ACC, trailing only NC State’s 1.17 points per possession.
  • Quinn Cook has 30 assists and just seven turnovers in his last five games while averaging 10.6 points per game during that span. He is shooting .556 (10-of-18) from three-point range during that stretch.
  • Ryan Kelly is shooting .611 (11-of-18) from three-point range over his past six contests. Duke is shooting .462 (49-of-106) with 8.2 treys per game during that stretch.
  • Mason Plumlee recorded his 1,000th career point on Saturday versus Santa Clara. Plumlee is the 61st Duke player to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Seth Curry needs just 30 more points to reach 1,000 for his Duke career. Duke is currently third in NCAA history with 61 career 1,000-point scorers.

Duke-Wake Forest Series History

  • Duke leads the all-time series 160-77, including a 25-6 mark since the 1996-97 season. Duke is 41-23 against Wake Forest under Mike Krzyzewski.
  • Duke has won the last five meetings in the series with four of those five wins coming by 10 or more points.
  • 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 237 times, surpassing the NC State series (236) and North Carolina series (234).

Duke vs. the Atlantic Coast Conference

  • Duke is 398-161 all-time in the regular season against teams currently in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
  • Under Mike Krzyzewski, Duke is 335-140 against the ACC in the regular season and 53-18 in the ACC Tournament.
  • Duke has dominated the ACC regular season since 1997, logging a 191-49 record during that span which is 34 more wins than the next closest school.

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