Previewing Duke vs. Detroit

After having their season ended by Kansas last year, the Blue Devils open the 2003-2004 season against the Detroit-Mercy Titans Saturday at 6:00 PM in Cameron Indoor Stadium. <I></I> runs down the match up.

After having their season ended by Kansas last year, Duke opens the 2003-2004 season on Saturday evening against Detroit at 6:00 PM in Cameron Indoor. The game will be televised by FOX Sports Net South and Fox Sports Detroit with Mike Hogewood and Bobby Cremins calling the action.

What You Need To Know:

-According to published reports, head coach Mike Krzyzewski is expected to start Chris Duhon, Daniel Ewing, J.J. Redick, Luol Deng, and Shelden Williams with the newly bulked up Shavlik Randolph being the sixth man.

- The Blue Devils lead the all-time series vs. Detroit, 1-0, with the 111-71 victory coming in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Dec. 20, 1980 — Coach K's first year in charge of the Blue Devil program.

- Duke enters the Detroit game with a 28-game home winning streak on the line. The 28-game winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium is the third-longest in school history and the second-longest in the nation currently (Western Kentucky has won 39 in succession at home)

- With 663 career victories, Mike Krzyzewski enters 2003-04 just one win shy of matching John Wooden for 18th place among the all-time victory leaders at the Division I level.

- Entering the 2003-04 season, Duke boasted the top winning percentage (.880) and most victories (190) in college basketball the past six seasons. The Blue Devils posted an amazing 190-26 overall record — 83-13 in ACC regular season play — from 1998-2003. Duke has averaged 31.6 victories over the last six years.

- Duke has a 74-24 (.755) record in season opening contests, including a 21-2 (.913) mark under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils have won three consecutive openers since dropping an 80-79 decision to 13th-ranked Stanford to start the 1999-2000 season. Duke has won its last three openers by an average of 28.7 points per game.

Meet the Titans:

- Last year Detroit logged 18 wins and a 9-7 Horizon League. The Titans opened 7-9, then closed hard, winning 11 of their last 15 games.

- Elijah Warren is the leading returning scorer (11.4 ppg). The 6-5 senior forward also grabbed 4.9 boards a game and was Detroit's top three-point marksman at 38 percent.

- Willie Wallace (6.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg) is a 6-7 senior from Flint, Mich., is also expected to start after undergoing a rocky season after transferring from Central Michigan.

- The point guard duties will be handled by Syracuse transfer James Thues. The 5-10 junior is a Detroit native who came home after two years with the Orangemen. He was the starter for Syracuse in 2001-02, averaging 5.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists. On the year, he had 178 assists, 101 steals and scored in double figures six games.

- Notable reserves include 6-4 sophomore Ben Green (3.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg); 6-4 Muhammad Abdur-Rahim (younger brother of NBA's Shareef); Jonathan Kelly, a 6-1 guard, also red-shirted last year. The one freshmen coming in this year is Zach Everingham, a 6-4 combo guard from the Detroit suburbs.

- JUCO signee Tavoris Baker was one of the top rebounders on market. The 6-7 Baker comes from nearby Schoolcraft (Mich.) College, where he averaged 15 points and 11 boards last year.

- 6-9 sophomore center Ryvon Colvile (2.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg) played only one year of high school ball due to transcript issues, but is considered one of the Horizon League's sleepers.

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