THE OPENING TIP
- No. 7 Duke is on the road for the final time this season with a pivotal ACC game at Virginia on Saturday night at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.
- The game tips at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN with Bob Wischusen and Dick Vitale 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 133 and XM 193.
- The Blue Devils and Cavaliers are in third and fourth place, respectively, in the ACC standings and separated by one game. Duke is a game back of first-place Florida State.
- 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 28.7 points per 40 minutes — the third highest average among any power conference player behind only Marquette’s Markus Howard (33.0) and Iowa’s Luka Garza (30.1).
- Carey’s 13 double-doubles are second most among NCAA freshmen and his nine 20-10 games lead NCAA freshmen and are third-most among any player nationally.
- Freshman Cassius Stanley is averaging 14.1 points and shooting .497 from the field over his last 14 games.
- Saturday’s game matches up the ACC’s best offensive team (Duke, 83.2 ppg) vs. the best defensive team (Virginia, 57.6) — Duke has scored more than 63 points in every game, while Virginia has not allowed more than 73 in any game.
- Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski has surpassed a pair of milestone wins this season: 500th ACC win and 1,000th win coaching a ranked Duke team.
DUKE VS. VIRGINIA
Duke leads the all-time series, 121-51, and has won two straight and five of the last six. The Blue Devils lead the series, 42-34, in Charlottesville (6-3 at JPJ Arena)…Duke and Virginia are meeting for the second time in series history with each team having 20+ wins in the regular season. The first such meeting was last year in Charlottesville — an 81-71 Duke win…The last 10 games in the series (Duke, 7-3) have each been decided by 10 points or fewer with the average margin of victory just 5.2 points.
SCOUTING THE CAVALIERS
Virginia has won five straight and eight of the last nine to climb into within two games of first place in the ACC…The 2019 National Champions, Virginia is paced offensively by Mamadi Diakite at 13.5 points, while Braxton Key averages 10.0 points and 7.3 rebounds…Kihei Clark averages 10.0 points and 6.0 assists…The nation’s best scoring defense team, the Cavaliers have not allowed more than 73 points in a game all season, and are yielding just 52.7 per game…Opponents shoot just .372 against UVa, which leads the ACC and is second nationally…Virginia and Duke are second and fourth, respectively, in the ACC in three-point defense.
ON THIS DATE
Duke is 6-2 when playing on February 29 and has not played on this date since 2004 — a 70-65 win at Florida State…In ACC play, the Blue Devils are 2-1 on February 29.
MODEL OF CONSISTENCY
Duke has extended its streak of double-digit wins in ACC play to a conference-record 13 consecutive seasons…Duke’s streak is the third-longest active streak among power teams, behind Kansas (24) and Gonzaga (22).
STATING TRE’S 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 sophomore Tre 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.
DUKE AWAY FROM CAMERON
In the Coach K era, Duke is 259-145 (.641) in true road games and 276-77 (.780) in neutral site games, for a combined mark of 535-222 (.705) in all games outside of Cameron Indoor Stadium…In ACC regular season play, Duke is 189-120 (.612) away from home under Coach K. The Blue Devils are 133-67 (.665) in ACC road games since the 1996-97 season…Coach K’s 189 ACC road wins are a conference record…Coach K has also won 16 road games against AP top five teams, the most in the history of the AP poll.
NOTING DUKE’S DEPTH
Seven different Blue Devils have led the team in scoring this season — Tre Jones, Vernon Carey Jr., Matthew Hurt, Cassius Stanley, Joey Baker, Jordan Goldwire and Wendell Moore Jr…Duke has deployed 12 different starting lineups — its most (by two) in at least the last six seasons…Seventeen times this season, Duke has had four or more score in double figures. Six times this season, five or more have reached double digits…Six different players have recorded a 20-point game…Four players are averaging double figures in points, while eight are averaging 4.7+ points per game…Seven are averaging 3.0+ rebounds per game…Ten are averaging 12.5+ minutes per game.
PLAYERS WITH 100+ POINTS IN A SEASON
Duke is on the verge of having 10 different players score at least 100 points in a season for the first time in program history…Eight have already surpassed 100 points this season, with seniors Javin DeLaurier (99 points) and Jack White (92) just a few points shy…Duke has had nine players score at least 100 points nine times — most recently in the 2002-03 season.
Duke has connected on at least one three-pointer in 1,087 straight games, now the second-longest streak nationally…It has been more than 30 years since Duke was held without a three-point field goal — Dec. 30, 1989, versus Hawai’i…Vanderbilt had owned the second-longest streak before its January 18th game versus Tennessee (0-of-25).