THE OPENING TIP
- Taking a nine-game winning streak on the road, No. 3 Duke heads to Clemson Tuesday night to renew its rivalry versus the Tigers at Littlejohn Coliseum.
- The game tips at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. 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.
- Duke has held seven consecutive opponents to less than 65 points — the second-longest streak in the Coach K era. The longest such streak was eight games in 2003-04.
- The Blue Devils lead the NCAA in scoring margin (+21.5), and are leading the ACC in scoring (83.8; 4th NCAA), field goal percentage (.489; 9th NCAA), and blocks (6.7; 4th NCAA).
- Duke is 11th nationally in assists (16.9), and its 17.9 dimes over the nine-game winning streak are the third-most among power conference teams in that span.
- Duke is the No. 1-ranked overall team in KenPom and is the only team ranked in the top 10 of both offensive efficiency (2nd) and defensive efficiency (4th).
- Sophomore Tre Jones is this week’s ACC Co-Player of the Week. He’s the only player in the ACC’s top five for assists (7.0; 1st), steals (2.3; 2nd) and assist/turnover ratio (+2.33; 3rd).
- Freshman Vernon Carey Jr., leads the ACC in field goal percentage (.608), is fourth in scoring (17.4), sixth in rebounding (8.6) and fourth in blocks (2.7).
- Senior Javin DeLaurier is set to play his 100th career game on Tuesday night. He’s averaging 5.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and shooting .850 (17-of-20) with 10 blocks and 10 assists over Duke’s nine-game winning streak.
- Duke is 5-0 in ACC play for the 14th time in program history, the 11th time under Coach K, and the first time since the 2008-09 season.
ON THIS DATE
Duke is 16-11 when playing on January 14th and has won eight of the last 11 on this date…In ACC games, Duke is 11-7 on this date, including two previous meetings with Clemson, both on the road — a 102-96 overtime loss in 1976 and an 87-77 win in 2006.
DUKE VS. CLEMSON
Duke and Clemson are meeting for the 143rd time in a series that dates to the 1925-26 season, with the Blue Devils leading 111-31…Duke has won four straight, six of the last seven, and 11 of the last 13 versus the Tigers.
At Clemson, Duke leads 38-23 (25-18 at Littlejohn Coliseum)…Duke’s last visit to Littlejohn was a 66-57 victory on Feb. 18, 2018 behind 19 points from Grayson Allen in a matchup of teams ranked 11th (Clemson) and 12th (Duke) in the AP poll.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Clemson is 8-7 overall and 2-3 in the ACC with consecutive conference wins over NC State and at North Carolina…Amir Simms leads the balanced Tigers in scoring (13.9) and rebounds (7.5). In conference play, Simms’ numbers improve to 15.6 points and 7.8 rebounds…Clemson has won two straight conference games, and three of its last five overall after a four-game skid.
LEADS NATION IN SCORING MARGIN
Duke enters the Clemson game leading the nation with a scoring margin of +21.5, including wins in its last six games by an average of 27.7 points…Six of Duke’s 15 wins are by 30+ points, including three ACC wins by 30+…The 39-point margin in the BC win (88-49) was Duke’s largest in an ACC game since beating Georgia Tech, 110-57, on Jan. 3, 2017 and marked the 23rd time in history Duke won an ACC game by 39+ points.
DUKE AWAY FROM CAMERON
Duke has started 3-0 or better on the road in ACC play for the second straight season and 13th time under Coach K…In the Coach K era, Duke is 256-142 (.642) in true road games and 276-77 (.780) in neutral site games, for a combined mark of 532-219 (.706) in all games outside of Cameron Indoor Stadium…In ACC regular season play, Duke is 186-117 (.613) away from home under Coach K. The Blue Devils are 130-64 (.669) in ACC road games since the 1996-97 season…Dating back to the 2017-18 season, Duke has won 15 of its last 19 ACC road games. It is the Blue Devils’ best stretch on the road in the ACC since winning of 16 of 20 from the 2010-11 season to 2012-13…Coach K has also won 16 road games against AP top five teams, the most in the history of the AP poll.
Duke has held seven consecutive opponents to less than 65 points — the second longest streak in the Coach K era. Only an eight-game streak in 2003-04 is longer…The Blue Devils are allowing just 61.0 points over their nine-game winning streak, and for the season, Duke’s 62.3 points allowed ranked 45th nationally…Duke is ranked No. 4 in KenPom’s defensive efficiency, with top-20 ranks in both defensive steal percentage (12.7; 15th) and blocked shots percentage (15.7; 10th) — one of two teams nationally in the top 15 for both (Florida State)…Duke’s 75-50 win over Brown and the 88-49 BC win marked the first time since the 2010-11 season that consecutive Duke foes scored 50 or less — 83-48 vs. Bradley (Dec. 8) and 84-47 vs. Saint Louis (Dec. 11).