Game Notes: Duke vs. Princeton

The Blue Devil will face the Princeton Tigers in what is considered the final tune-up before Saturday's big showdown with the tenth rated Texas Longhorns in New York. <I></I> takes a look at the game and runs down the important news and notes.

Series Rundown:

Overall........................ Duke 14-1
At Cameron Indoor Stadium...... Duke 6-0
At The Jadwin Gymnasium........ Tied 1-1
Current Streak................. Duke W 1
Longest Duke Win Streak........ 13 (1936-79)
Longest Princeton Win Streak... 1 (1981)
Biggest Duke Win............... 87-50 (11/14/00)
Biggest Princeton Win.......... 72-55 (12/12/81)
Duke Under Coach K............. 1-1

What You Need To Know:

*-This will mark the 16th meeting between Duke and Princeton with the Blue Devils holding a 14-1 series lead. The series dates back to 1936 and the two schools have faced each other at least once in every decade except the 1990s. In the last meeting between the two schools, second-ranked Duke defeated Princeton, 87-50, to open the 2000-01 season in the first round of the TiVo Preseason NIT at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Under Mike Krzyzewski, Duke is 1-1 vs. the Tigers. The game will be televised by espn2 with Dave O'Brien (play-by-play) and Brad Daugherty (color) calling the action.

*-Duke will be looking for a fourth straight victory, after losing in the Great Alaska Shootout finals to Purdue.

*-The Blue Devils have won an amazing 31 straight games in Cameron Indoor Stadium. That's the third longest streak in Duke history and the fifth longest in ACC history.

*-Under Coach K the Devils have posted a 168-8 record against non conference opponents in Cameron Indoor Stadium, which is a .954 winning percentage.

*-Despite losing one of their reserves in the front court, Duke has maintained a very good post presence on both ends of the floor with Shelden Williams and Shavlik Randolph combining to block 40 shots so far this season while averaging a combined 20.6 points and 14.1 rebounds per game. As a team Duke is on pace to set the single season record for blocks per game. Currently they average 8.3 rejections per contest, besting the old record (set in 1999) of 6.2 blocks per game.

*-Several Blue Devils will look to continue their strong play of late including Randolph, who will has scored 23 points while grabbing 21 rebounds in his last two games. Shelden Williams has blocked at least five shots in his last four games; J.J. Redick has hit 32 consecutive free throws; while senior Chris Duhon is just 48 points away from the 1,000 point plateau.

After not seeing much action during the start of his career, Sean Dockery has burst onto the scene in the past three games, averaging 9.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 3.3 steals in 20.7 minutes of action.

Meet the Tigers:

Princeton starts three guards, all of whom are capable perimeter threats, in Ed Persia, Scott Greenman, and Will Venable. Of the three, Venable (7.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists) was considered the best of the bunch coming into the season, and the most valuable from his wing guard position.

Still, the Tigers have been very pleased with the play of the 6-foot-1 senior Persia (8.2, 3.2, 4.3), who has run the team's disciplined offense extremely efficiently, sporting a 2.6/1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Along side Venable and Persia, 5-foot-10 Scott Greenman is the team's second leading scorer (8.8 PPG) thanks to his 46% conversion rate from behind the arc.

As a team Princeton has taken nearly as many threes (128) as they have two pointers (135), and have attempted at least 21 three pointers in each of their last three games. The guard trio of Persia, Greenman, and Venable combining to hit 32-of-85 from beyond the arc (.364).

While the offense focuses primarily on the perimeter game, the Tigers are fortunate enough to have the Ivy League's best all around big men in the form of 6-foot-9, 235 pound Judson Wallace (19.8 pts, 6.8 rbs). To date Wallace has scored 26 or more points three times this year, including a career high 31 against Holy Cross.

Backing up Wallace has been 6-foot-10, 250 pound junior Mike Stephens (3.5, 0.7), who logged a season high six points in the season opening victory over Colgate on November 21.

Another player of note for the Tigers is 6-foot-8, 205 pound power forward Harrison Schaen, who recruiting fans may remember as one of the top 75 prospects in the country playing for Mater Dei High School in Los Angeles. So far Schaen has played a limited role, averaging less than a point in just two minutes per game.

LINK: Duke vs. Princeton Notable Statistics

Injury Report:

Duke: C Shelden Williams – Questionable – Strained Achilles

Princeton: G Edwin Buffmire - Out indefinitely - ankle

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