THE OPENING TIP
- Winners of six straight and alone in second place in the ACC standings, No. 7 Duke welcomes Notre Dame to Cameron Indoor Stadium Saturday afternoon.
- The game tips at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN with Bob Wischusen, Dick Vitale and Kris Budden 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 105 and XM 193.
- The Blue Devils (11-2 ACC) enter the weekend a half-game back of Louisville (12-2), while leading Florida State (10-3) by a full game plus the head-to-head tiebreaker.
- Duke is 3-1 this season over teams ranked 11th or better in the AP Poll — the three wins being tied for the most nationally with Seton Hall and Ohio State.
- Sophomore Tre Jones — this week’s ACC Player of the Week for a league-leading third time — is averaging 17.4 points and 5.9 assists over his last 10 games.
- Jones is the ACC’s only player ranked among the league’s top 10 in scoring, FG percentage, assists, steals and A/T ratio.
- Jones is one of only two major conference players in the nation averaging 15.0+ points, 6.0+ assists, a 2.0+ A/T ratio and shooting .440+ from the field.
- Freshman Vernon Carey Jr., has 12 double-doubles this season, which are tied for the most by a freshman nationally. Of his double-doubles, 11 have been 15-10 games and eight have been 20-10 efforts.
- Carey is averaging a double-double over the last five games — 19.4 ppg and 11.2 rpg.
- The Blue Devils are third nationally in both scoring offense (82.6) and scoring margin (+16.5), and their four 30-point wins in ACC play have tied a school record.
- Duke was ranked No. 7 in the AP Poll last week, extending the Blue Devils’ streak to 38 consecutive polls in the top 10 — the second-longest in the nation.
DUKE VS. NOTRE DAME
Saturday’s game is the 33rd meeting between Duke and Notre Dame, with the Blue Devils leading, 25-7…Since joining the ACC, Notre Dame is 5-6 versus Duke and won five of the first six meetings…Duke has won five straight in the series overall, and is 8-1 all-time versus the Irish at Cameron Indoor Stadium…Of the Blue Devils five straight wins in the series, two have come in the ACC Tournament — the 2017 championship game and the 2018 quarterfinals…Saturday’s game features three players to combine for seven ACC Player of the Week Awards this season — Duke’s Tre Jones (three) and Vernon Carey Jr. (two, plus four Freshman of the Week honors) and Notre Dame’s John Mooney (two).
SCOUTING THE IRISH
The Irish are coming off a 50-49 overtime loss at Virginia on Tuesday that snapped a four-game winning streak…The team has played 11 straight games that have been decided by 10 points or less…Senior John Mooney leads the team, averaging 16.3 points (6th ACC) and 13.0 rebounds (1st ACC). He is the ACC’s only player averaging a double-double…Mooney (20 double-doubles) and Duke’s Vernon Carey Jr. (12) lead the ACC in double-doubles…Notre Dame commits just 12.4 fouls and 9.8 turnovers per game — both figures are fewest nationally.
DUKE’S POSTSEASON RESUME
Duke remains No. 6 in the NET (as of Feb. 12), 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…Two of Duke’s three losses this season came in back-to-back games without freshman Wendell Moore Jr. (broken hand), while its third loss was to Stephen F. Austin on a buzzer-beater in overtime. SFA is 22-3 overall and leads the Southland Conference at 13-1…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. 12, while its non-conference strength of schedule is No. 7 — the third-highest of any team in the top 100 of the NET…Other metrics for Duke: No. 1 BPI (Basketball Power Index), No. 3 KenPom, No. 3 Sagarin, No. 9 Strength of Record.
DUKE VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
Duke is 235-152 (.607) vs. ranked teams under Coach K, with a 155-80 (.660) mark since the 1996-97 season…Duke’s three wins (3-1) over teams ranked 11th or better in the AP Poll are tied for the most nationally this season (Ohio State, Seton Hall)…Since 1996-97, Duke is 87-51 (.630) against ranked ACC teams and 68-29 (.701) vs. ranked non-league foes…In the Coach K era, Duke is 144-86 (.626) overall when both teams are ranked in the top 15 … 87-61 (.588) overall when both teams are ranked in the top 10 … 33-18 (.647) 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).
ON THIS DATE
Duke is 17-8 when playing on February 15 and has won two straight and four of the last six…The Blue Devils are a spotless 6-0 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on this date, last playing in 2014 — a 69-67 victory over Maryland.
COACH K’S COACHING TREE
Mike Brey is one of eleven former Duke staff or players under Mike Krzyzewski that is now a head coach at the Division-I or NBA level…Brey, who was an assistant on Coach K’s staff from 1987 to 1995, is in his 20th season as Notre Dame’s head coach…Thirty-nine of Coach K’s former players, staff or managers are currently either coaching or working in front office roles across professional and college basketball.
Duke has sold out 468 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 426-42 (.910) at home over that 468-game stretch.
CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM
Duke has posted an all-time record of 903-163 (.847) at Cameron Indoor, including 545-68 (.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.
THE DUKE EFFECT
Duke has played in the two highest-rated college basketball games this season and three of the top seven, with 2.67 million tuning in for the epic overtime win at North Carolina on Feb. 8 and 2.42 million watching the 68-66 victory over Kansas on opening night…Duke has played in the most-watched regular-season college basketball game in each of the last six seasons…In terms of attendance, Duke played in sold-out arenas in 19 of its 24 games this season…College basketball’s largest crowd this season — 31,458 at the Carrier Dome saw Duke beat Syracuse, 97-88, on Feb. 1.
DUKE: THIRD NATIONALLY IN SCORING AND MARGIN
Duke is third nationally in both scoring offense (82.6) and scoring margin (+16.5)…Duke is 11-0 this season when scoring 85+ points…Seven of Duke’s 19 wins are by 30+ points, including four ACC wins by 30+, which ties a program record.
The program record for most 30-point wins in ACC play was previously set in 1997-98, 1998-99 and 2000-01…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…Duke is ranked third overall in KenPom, and is one of only two teams (San Diego State) ranked in KenPom’s top 10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency.
In last Saturday’s win at UNC, sophomore Tre Jones scored a game-high 28 points with six assists and five rebounds…He became just the second player in the Duke-Carolina rivalry to post a 28-5-5 game, joining UNC’s Michael Jordan, who did it in 1983…Jones scored 22 of his 28 after halftime, including 15 consecutive to end regulation and start overtime — Duke’s last nine in regulation and the first six of overtime…He single-handedly outscored Carolina 18-15 over the final minute of the second half and overtime.
THE COMPANY OF ONE
Sophomore Tre Jones is the only player in the ACC ranked in league’s top 10 in each of the following categories — scoring, field goal percentage, assists, steals and assist/turnover ratio…The point guard is eighth in scoring (15.5), ninth in field goal percentage (.434), second in assists (6.6), fourth in steals (1.9) and third in assist/turnover ratio (+2.3)…Across the six power conferences, Jones is one of only five players ranked in their respective conference’s top 10 in each those categories. Only three — Jones, Oregon’s Payton Pritchard and Kansas’ Devon Dotson are playing for teams with winning conference records…He has been named the ACC Player of the Week a league-leading three times this season.
CLUTCH FREE-THROW SHOOTING
In Duke’s 15 games this season where the final margin was 15 points or less (12-3), the Blue Devils are shooting .763 (74-of-97) at the free throw line in the final five minutes of regulation and overtime in those games…Sophomore Tre Jones leads the team in that category, hitting 36-of-40 (.900) at the line — not including his intentionally-missed free throw that led to his own offensive rebound and game-tying jumper at the buzzer to force overtime at North Carolina…Jone was a spotless 10-for-10 in the final five minutes to close out Syracuse.