THE OPENING TIP
- With two games remaining in the regular season, Duke returns to Cameron Indoor Stadium on Monday night to battle NC State on ESPN’s Big Monday.
- The game tips at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN with Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas and Allison Williams on the call. On the radio, David Shumate and John Roth have the call on the Blue Devil Sports Network from Learfield IMG College (96.5FM & 610AM in Durham) and on Sirius 81 and XM 81. The national radio broadcast on Westwood One has Kevin Kugler and Eric Montross calling the action.
- The Blue Devils finish their regular-season schedule Saturday night versus North Carolina at home, before entering next week’s ACC Tournament in Greensboro as the defending champion with a double bye.
- Duke and NC State are meeting for the 250th time in a series that dates back to 1912. Duke leads the all-time series, 147-102, including 51-26 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
- Duke enters the week fourth nationally in scoring (82.1), fifth in scoring margin (+14.4), fifth in blocked shots (6.0), 22nd in steals (8.1) and 31st in field goal percentage (.470).
- Sophomore Tre Jones, one of 10 national semifinalists for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year, is the nation’s only player averaging better than 16.0 points (16.1), 6.0 assists (6.5), 1.5 steals (1.7), shooting better than .430 (.433) and a better than 2.0 assist/turnover ratio (2.3).
- Jones remains the only player ranked in the ACC’s top 10 in scoring, FG percentage, assists, steals and A/T ratio.
- Freshman Vernon Carey Jr., is averaging 28.5 points per 40 minutes — the third highest average among any power conference player behind only Marquette’s Markus Howard (33.6) and Iowa’s Luka Garza (30.1).
- Carey’s 14 double-doubles are second most among NCAA freshmen. He has nine 20-10 games and 13 games of 15-10 each lead all NCAA freshmen.
- Carey has more games of 20-10 (nine) and 15-10 (13) than any freshman in the nation.
DUKE VS. NC STATE
Monday’s game is the 250th meeting between Duke and NC State, and the second straight year the Wolfpack has played at Cameron Indoor Stadium…Duke leads the all-time series, 147-102, and has won six of the last 10…The series favors the Blue Devils in Durham, 64-30, including 51-26 at Cameron Indoor.
SCOUTING THE WOLFPACK
The Wolfpack snapped a two-game slide with a 77-73 victory over Pitt Saturday in Raleigh. NC State has won four of its last seven in ACC play…Four players are averaging 12+ points per game, including leading scorer C.J. Bryce (13.4). Bryce also leads State on the boards at 6.2 per game…NC State (74.6) and Duke (82.1) are ranked fourth and first, respectively, in the ACC in scoring offense..Markell Johnson (6.5) and Tre Jones (6.3) lead the ACC in assists, while Jones (+2.3) and Johnson (+2.1) are third and fifth, respectively, in assist/turnover ratio.
DUKE’S MOST-FREQUENT RIVALS
Wake Forest is Duke’s most-frequently played rival — a series that stands at 253 games…North Carolina is second-most at 252 games, followed by the 249 games between Duke and NC State.
ON THIS DATE
Duke is 16-10 when playing on March 2 and has won three straight on this date.
The first men’s basketball game in school history occurred on March 2, 1906 — a 24-10 loss to Wake Forest in Durham.
In ACC play, the Blue Devils are 7-5 on March 2.
DUKE’S POSTSEASON RESUME
Duke remains No. 6 in the NET (as of Feb. 29), which is the primary evaluation tool used by the NCAA Men’s Basketball Selection Committee, for which Duke Director of Athletics Kevin White is the chairman…Of Duke’s Quad 1 wins, three (Kansas, Michigan State, Syracuse) came away from Cameron Indoor…Two of Duke’s losses this season came in back-to-back games without freshman Wendell Moore Jr. (broken hand), while its early-season loss was to Stephen F. Austin on a buzzer-beater in overtime. SFA is up to No. 79 in the NET, and is 26-3 overall and leads the Southland Conference at 17-1…Neither Moore nor Joey Baker (ankle) played in Duke’s loss at Clemson on Jan. 14…The Blue Devils’ overall strength of schedule is No. 25, while its non-conference strength of schedule is No. 7.
Duke has sold out 470 consecutive games at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The last time Duke did not have a sellout at home was on Nov. 16, 1990, against Boston College…The sellout figure is the longest current streak (by time) in either men’s college basketball or the NBA…Duke is 428-42 (.910) at home over that 469-game stretch.
CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM
Duke has posted an all-time record of 905-163 (.847) at Cameron Indoor, including 547-68 (.889) under Coach K….Duke has won more games at its current home venue than any team in college basketball, leading Penn (Palestra), Vanderbilt (Memorial Gym), Kansas (Allen Fieldhouse) and UCLA (Pauley Pavilion)…Now in its 81st season as the home of the Blue Devils, Duke has averaged 11.1 wins since the venue opened January 6, 1940 — a 36-27 win over Princeton…The Blue Devils have 18 undefeated home seasons, including 11 under Coach K.
STATING HIS CASE
Since the 2010-11 season, just 18 players in all of Division-I basketball have finished a season with a stat line that matches or surpasses Jones’ current line: 16.0+ points, 6.0+ assists, 1.5+ steals, .430+ field goal percentage…Five of the 18 players went on to be named Player of the Year in their respective conference that season — most recently Ja Morant at Murray State (Ohio Valley Conference) in 2018-19…The other four to be named conference POY were Trey Burke at Michigan (Big Ten) in 2013-14, Kris Dunn at Providence (Big East) in 2015-16, Alex Hamilton at Louisiana Tech (Conference USA) in 2015-16 and Kay Felder at Oakland (Horizon League) in 2015-16.
THE COMPANY OF ONE
Jones, one of 10 national semifinalists for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year, is the nation’s only player averaging better than 16.0 points (16.1), 6.0 assists (6.3), 1.5 steals (1.7), shooting better than .430 (.433) and a better than 2.0 assist/turnover ratio (2.3)…Jones remains the only player ranked in the ACC’s top 10 in scoring, FG percentage, assists, steals and A/T ratio…The point guard is sixth in the ACC in scoring (16.1), eighth in field goal percentage (.433), second in assists (6.3), seventh in steals (1.7) and third in A/T ratio (+2.33)…He has been named the ACC Player of the Week three times this season.
Freshman Vernon Carey Jr., has 14 double-doubles this season, which second among NCAA freshmen and are second-most in the ACC…Thirteen of his double-doubles have been 15-10 efforts, while nine have been 20-10 games– both figures lead all NCAA freshmen…He is averaging a near double-double — 18.8 points and 9.8 rebounds over Duke’s last 10 games…His 14 double-doubles match the number posted by Zion Williamson last season and are tied for the third most by a Duke freshman all-time…Earlier this season, his streak of seven double-doubles, which was snapped at Virginia Tech, was the longest streak by a Blue Devil since seven consecutive from Marvin Bagley III in 2017-18.