Blue Devils By The Numbers

As the Blue Devils prepare for, arguably, the toughest three game stretch of the season, here’s a look at the key statistics surrounding the Duke basketball team through 18 games.

- Freshman center Jahlil Okafor has been a mainstay in the ACC Rookie of the Week rankings, but the 6-foot-11, 270 pound Chicago prospect is also making a strong case for ACC Player of the Year honors (not to mention National Player of the Year). He leads the league in scoring at 18.6 points per game; in field percentage (67 percent); and ranks fourth in rebounds per game with 8.94; second in offensive boards per contest with 3.8. His 5.1 defensive rebounds is eighth best. Okafor is also blocking 1.6 shots per night, which is good enough for sixth.

- Classmate and starting point guard Tyus Jones has had an up and down season, but the 6-foot-1 Minnesota freshman is the best barometer for his team. When Jones has played well, Duke have been at its most impressive. When he’s been held in check, the Blue Devils have struggled. Cumulatively, Jones ranks second in the league in assists with 5.1 per game, and leads the league in free throw percentage, hitting 87 percent of his attempts. Jones also ranks second in assist to turnover ration with a 3-to-1 tally.

- Combo guard Quinn Cook would actually overtake his younger teammate and protege in free throw percentage had he attempted enough of them. Whereas Jones has hit 67-of-77 from the charity stripe, Cook has only attempted 39 - hitting an incredible 37, good enough for a 95 percent shooting clip. That would be the best in school history for a single season assuming he maintains the percentage and attempts enough to qualify.

Additionally, Cook has been Duke’s iron man this season, leading the Blue Devils in minutes played at 34.1 which is good enough for sixth in the conference. In those minutes he’s scoring at 14.2 points, good enough for 11th in the league. Much of those points are coming from the perimeter where Cook ranks fourth in the ACC with 2.6 made three point field goals per game. He’s also shooting a decent percentage from outside, hitting at a 38 percent clip from downtown which is good enough for sixth in the ACC.

- Sticking with the team captains, Amile Jefferson ranks ninth in the league in rebounds with 7.7 per game which includes 3.0 offensive boards per night. That’s the sixth best such average in the ACC. His 4.7 defensive rebounds per night ranks 10th in the league.

But how do the Blue Devils stack up in league play?

- Okafor ranks second in ACC games only with 18.3 points per game, trailing Syracuse big man Rakeem Christmas. Meanwhile, Cook drops to 16th in scoring at 13.5 points per game. No other Blue Devils factors into the top 25 in scoring.

- Okafor’s slide extends to rebounding as well with the freshman dropping to fourth despite upping his average in conference games to 9.3 per night, though he leads the league in offensive boards per night at 4.2. Jefferson dropped to 14th in rebounding, pulling down 7.0 boards per game in league play.

- Still, Okafor leads the league in field goal percentage during conference games, shooting 63.3 percent. Meanwhile, Tyus Jones is second in the league in free throw percentage, hitting 90.5 percent of his attempts against ACC foes.

- Junior Rasheed Sulaimon is ranks second in the ACC in three point shooting percentage, hitting half (50 percent) of his attempts in league games.

From a team rankings perspective, Duke struggled early, but seems to have righted the ship somewhat, and the statistics illustrate that.

- As a team Duke ranks second in the ACC in scoring at 81.8 points per game in all games played. The Blue Devils also rank second in ACC games in scoring output, averaging 74.8 points per night.

- Through six ACC games the Blue Devils haven’t played a close game yet. They won every league game by at least eight points, but were blown out by Miami and NC State. It’s rendered Duke’s scoring margin at just +4.7 which is fifth in the ACC.

- Defense has been a challenge for Duke at times over the last few years, and that trend has continued this season. The Blue Devils rank just 12th in the ACC in field goal percentage defense. Teams are shooting 44.4 percent against the Blue Devils.

- While the defense has been up and down this season, Duke has been very good on the glass ranking second in rebounding at 37.7 per game, while limiting opponents to just 33.8 boards per night. That’s good enough for the league’s third best rebounding margin of +3.8.

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