6/6 Duke (4-1) vs. St. Johns (1-3)
Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium Durham, NC
When: December 6, 2003 2:00 PM
Television: ESPN with Dave OBrien (play-by-play), and Len Elmore (color)
What You Need To Know:
*- Duke holds a 7-5 lead in the series with the Red Storm, including a 7-2 mark under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Last year Duke surrendered a big lead going down the stretch to hand the victory to SJU at Madison Square Garden.
*- The Blue Devils and Red Storm are two of the nations winningest programs with Duke having 1,710 victories, while St. Johns checks in with 1,663.
*- St. Johns was the last non-conference team to defeat Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Since then, Duke has defeated 20 consecutive non-ACC foes in the arena.
*- The Red Storm also was the last unranked opponent to win in Cameron. Dukes home winning streak over unranked competition is now 34 entering the St. Johns game.
*- Notable Streaks in tact include JJ Redicks 30 consecutive free throws made and 34 consecutive starts. Shelden Williams has blocked at least one shot in 10 consecutive games.
*- The Blue Devils are averaging 73.0 points per game so far this season (Duke has not averaged less than 80 points per game since the 1996-97 season - 79.7).
Meet The Red Storm:
Elijah Ingram (511 PG) is the building block for head coach Mike Jarvis. The former McDonalds All-American is the teams best three point shooter, and is the second leading scorer at 12.8 points per game. Joining Ingram in was supposed to be Willie Shaw, who has since been suspended indefinitely for a drug related incident.
Without Shaw its been sophomore Darryl Hill (510 SG) whos been called on to mature faster than many thought possible. To his credit Hill has been able to post 8.3 points, and a team best 3.8 assists per contest.
The continued absence of Shaw has also meant more playing time for reserve combo guard Andre Stanley (63 G), who is the only true reserve in the backcourt for Jarvis. This year Stanley has posted 6.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest, after playing 124 minutes in just 11 appearances last season.
Heading into the season the Storm was hoping that senior forwards Kyle Cuffe (67 245 PF) and 67 215 pound Grady Reynolds would be able to continue their strong play of last years post season run. To date Reynolds has been very good for Jarvis, averaging a team high 16.5 points along with 4.5 rebounds per contest. On the other hand Cuffe, who was ranked as a top 50 prospect out of high school, has only been able to muster 8.5 points and five rebounds.
The center position has been a mystery for SJU so far this season, as no fewer than five players will likely see time in the post. Aside from Cuffe, Jarvis has gone to freshman big man Lamont Hamilton (69, 242), and three seniors Abe Keita (69, 222), Curtis Johnson (72, 322), and Mohammad Diatike (611,210) - to answer the need for size.
Hamilton has been the most productive (5.5 points, 6.0 rebounds) while the trio of seniors has combined for an average of just two points and five rebounds.
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