Game Notes: Duke v. Virginia

Previewing the Blue Devils and Cavaliers who tip off tonight in Charlottesville

Duke (23-2, 10-1 ACC) vs. Virginia (12-12, 3-7 ACC)
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 l 7:00 p.m.
John Paul Jones Arena l Charlottesville, Va.

The Opening Tip

Duke (23-2, 10-1 ACC) faces Virginia (12-12, 3-7 ACC) on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at John Paul Jones Arena. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m.

The game is being televised by espn2 with Mike Patrick (play-by-play), Len Elmore (analyst) and Jeannine Edwards (sideline) calling the action.

Duke is ranked No. 5 in the AP Poll and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, while Virginia is unranked in both polls.

Duke has won 41 of the last 44 games entering Wednesday's game at Virginia. The Blue Devils have won 14 of their last 15 contests against ACC opponents.

The Blue Devils are looking for their 17th straight win in the month of February. Duke's last loss in the month was on Feb. 15, 2009 at Boston College.

Duke-Virginia Series History

  • Duke and Virginia have met 161 times heading into Wednesday's game with the first meeting between the two schools coming in 1911.
  • The Blue Devils lead the all-time series 113-48, including a 2-1 mark at John Paul Jones Arena.
  • Duke has won six consecutive games and 15 of the last 16 in the series.
  • Mike Krzyzewski is 49-16 at Duke against the Cavaliers.
  • Duke has won two straight games at John Paul Jones Arena.
  • The Blue Devils have won 28 of the last 31 games in the series.
  • 14 of Duke's last 15 wins in the series have been by 10 or more points.
  • Duke topped Virginia, 76-60, earlier this season as Nolan Smith scored a game-high 29 points.

Numbers Game
  • Mike Krzyzewski is one of seven coaches in ACC history with a winning percentage above .500 in league road games. Coach K's .611 road winning percentage ranks fourth all-time, while his 138 career road wins are an ACC record.
  • Kyle Singler is 11 points shy of becoming the 21st player in conference history to score 1,000 career points in ACC regular season play.
  • Nolan Smith is attempting to become the first player in ACC history to lead the league in scoring and assists. Smith is currently averaging 21.4 points and 5.4 assists per game.
  • Seth Curry is averaging 14.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals over the last four games. He is 20-of-37 (.541) from the field, including 11-of-21 (.524) from three-point range, and has a 4.67:1 assist-to-turnover ratio in that span.
  • Nolan Smith is one of two players in the NCAA averaging over 20.0 points and 5.0 assists per game.
  • Mason Plumlee has raised his rebound average an ACC-best 5.5 rebounds per game from a year ago. He ranks fifth in the ACC in rebounding at 8.6 rpg. and has grabbed 10 or more rebounds in eight of 11 ACC contests.
  • Kyle Singler has scored in double figures in an ACC-best 23 straight games. Singler has scored 10 or more points in 119 of his 136 career games. He has reached double figures in 55 of 59 ACC regular season games.
  • Duke has scored 80 or more points in 17 games this season. The Blue Devils have won 32 consecutive games when scoring 80+ points.
  • Nolan Smith earned ACC Player of the Week honors after averaging 26.0 points and 4.0 assists per game in wins over UNC and Miami.

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