THE OPENING TIP
- Cameron Indoor Stadium is the stage Saturday for a top-15 showdown between No. 3 Duke and No. 11 Louisville as the rivals battle for first place in the ACC.
- The game tips at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN with Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Holly Rowe 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 84 and XM 84. The national radio broadcast on Westwood One has Ryan Radtke and Kyle Macy calling the action.
- The Blue Devils begin a three-game homestand on Saturday, a day that tips off with Duke hosting ESPN College GameDay for the 10th time — the most in the show’s history.
- Duke is the No. 2-ranked team in KenPom and is the only team ranked in the top 10 of both offensive efficiency (3rd) and defensive efficiency (5th).
- Sophomore Tre Jones is one of just two players nationally averaging 15.0+ points, 6.0+ assists, 4.0+ rebounds, 2.0+ steals and shooting 45%+ from the field, joining sophomore Tyrese Haliburton from Iowa State.
- Jones is averaging 18.7 points over the last three games.
- The Blue Devils are second in the NCAA in scoring margin (+19.8), and are leading the ACC in scoring (83.1; 5th NCAA), field goal percentage (.489; 9th NCAA), and blocked shots (6.4; 5th NCAA).
- Duke leads the series with Louisville 10-6 and has won three straight, including a 71-69 win last season at the KFC Yum! Center, where the Blue Devils rallied from 23 down with 9:55 remaining — the second-biggest comeback in school history and the biggest under head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
- Freshman Vernon Carey Jr. is the ACC’s only player shooting .600+ from the field (.605). He is 22nd nationally in shooting, and ranked fourth in the ACC in scoring (14.6), fifth in rebounding (8.5) and fourth in blocks (1.9).
DUKE VS. LOUISVILLE
Saturday’s game is the 17th meeting between Duke and Louisville, with the Blue Devils leading 10-6…Duke has won three straight in the series and is 3-1 in games at Cameron Indoor Stadium…Nine games in the series have been Top 25 matchups, with Duke winning five…Five of the last six games in the series have been decided by less than 10 points…Last season at Louisville, Duke trailed 59-36 with 9:55 left before a remarkable comeback win, 71-69 — the second-largest in program history and the largest under Coach K…Zion Williamson scored 27 and Cam Reddish scored 22, including the tying triple with 1:28 left and go-ahead free throws with 14 seconds remaining…Louisville head coach Chris Mack has faced the Blue Devils eight times as an assistant, going 2-5 against Duke while on Skip Prosser’s staff at Wake Forest from 2002-04 and 0-1 while on Sean Miller’s Xavier staff from 2004-09.
SCOUTING THE CARDINALS
Louisville is 14-3 and tied with Duke at 5-1 for first place in the ACC…The Cardinals have rattled off three straight wins after dropping two straight and three of the previous five…Preseason ACC Player of the Year Jordan Nwora leads the ACC in scoring at 20.4 points overall and 21.2 points in conference games. The Buffalo, N.Y., native scored 14 in the team’s overtime win at Pitt Tuesday…Dwayne Sutton is averaging 9.2 points, 9.1 rebounds and shooting a team-leading .523 from the field.
DUKE VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
Duke is 234-151 (.608) vs. ranked teams under Coach K, with a 154-79 (.661) mark since the 1996-97 season…The Blue Devils are 2-0 this season with wins over then-No. 3 Kansas and then-No. 11 Michigan State — both away from Cameron Indoor Stadium…Since 1996-97, Duke is 86-50 (.632) against ranked ACC teams and 68-29 (.701) vs. ranked non-league foes…In the Coach K era, Duke is 143-85 (.627) overall when both teams are ranked in the top 15 … 85-61 (.582) overall when both teams are ranked in the top 10 … 32-18 (.640) when both teams are ranked in the top five…With the win over No. 3 Virginia on Feb. 9, 2019, Coach K broke a tie with Dean Smith for most wins in top three games (11).
10TH ANNIVERSARY OF 2010 TITLE
This season marks the 10th anniversary of the Blue Devils’ fourth of five national championships, won by the 2009-10 squad in Indianapolis…The starting 5 from that team will be in attendance on Saturday and recognized on court during the game, including current members of Duke’s staff — Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith…That squad finished 35-5 overall and won both the ACC regular season and tournament titles, with Kyle Singler being named Final Four MOP.
THE LOUISVILLE LARCENY
In one of the great comebacks in Duke history, and the largest second-half margin overcome in the Coach K era, Duke trailed at Louisville last season by 23 points (59-36) with 9:55 to play…Triggered by a Cam Reddish three with 9:04 left, the Blue Devils out-scored the Cardinals 35-10 over the next nine minutes to erase the deficit and win in stunning fashion…Reddish scored 16 of Duke’s final 30 points in the comeback (4-of-9 from three; 4-of-5 at line), including a three that made it a two-point game with 2:58 left, the tying three with 1:28 left and the go-ahead free throws with 14 seconds…Eight of Duke’s 12 steals came in the final 6:13 of the game (two each for Tre Jones and Jordan Goldwire), with each of the eight steals resulting in points on the ensuing possession (15 points).
CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM
Duke has posted an all-time record of 900-162 (.847) at Cameron Indoor, including 542-67 (.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.
Duke has sold out 464 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 423-41 (.911) at home over that 464-game stretch.