Game Notes: Duke vs. Texas

Duke will be looking for a fifth straight victory Saturday afternoon when they travel to New York and Madison Square Garden to face the 10th rated Texas Longhorns. <I></I> takes a look at the match up and runs down the things you should know.

Series Recap

Overall                      Duke 1-0
At Cameron Indoor Stadium         n/a
At Frank Erwin Center             n/a
At Madison Square Garden     Duke 1-0
Current Streak               Duke W 1
Longest Duke Win Streak             1 (2000)
Longest Texas Win Streak          n/a
Biggest Duke Win                95-69 (11/22/00)
Biggest Texas Win                 n/a
Duke Under Coach K                1-0

*- This will mark only the second meeting between Duke and Texas with the Blue Devils holding a 1-0 series lead. In the only other meeting between the two schools, second-ranked Duke defeated the Longhorns, 95-69, on Nov. 22, 2000, in the semifinals of the Preseason NIT. That game was also played in Madison Square Garden. Duke went on to win that tournament by defeating Temple, 63-61, two days later.

The game will be televised by ESPN with Dan Shulman (play-by-play), Dick Vitale (color) and Doris Burke (sideline) calling the action.

*- Only seniors Chris Duhon and Nick Horvath remain from the team that beat Texas in 2000.

*- Duke has limited its last four opponents to just 202 points, an average of 50.5 per game. It is the fewest points allowed by Duke over a four-game stretch since December of 1997 when the Blue Devils allowed 40, 37, 59 and 66 for a total of 202 points to South Carolina State, North Carolina Greensboro, Virginia and Villanova in succession.

*- 670 career triumphs, Mike Krzyzewski is in 18th place among the all-time victory leaders at the Division I level. Immediately ahead in 17th place is Denny Crum with 675.

*- Coach K is also quickly approaching 600 victories as the head coach at Duke. Krzyzewski now has 597 wins at the school.

*- Duke freshman Luol Deng and Texas senior Royal Ivey played at Blair Academy together for one season. Junior Daniel Ewing will be reunited with former Willowridge running mate Kenny Taylor.

*- In neutral settings, the Blue Devils are 113-33 vs. non-league foes under Coach K. Duke has defeated 19 of its last 22 non-conference opponents, including seven of eight this season.

*- Duke has been solid from the free throw line this season. The Blue Devils' free throw percentage is .698 (134-of-192). Duke has made 134 foul shots while its opponents have attempted just 95.

*- The Blue Devils have blocked 62 shots in 2003-04 for an average of 7.8 per contest. As a point of reference, the single-season school record for blocks is 6.3 in 1998-99.

Shelden Williams has blocked a team- and ACC-best 30 shots this season, while Shavlik Randolph (13) and Luol Deng (11) each have at least 11 rejections so far this year.

*- Sof of the streaks that will be looking to continue against the Longhorns include:

J.J. Redick has made at least one three-pointer in 20 of his last 21 games, along with converting 36 consecutive free throws, the second-longest streak in school history behind his own mark of 43.

Shelden Williams has blocked at least one shot in 13 straight games and 23 over his last five contests.

*- Duke has outrebounded all eight of its opponents in 2003-04 and has a +4.8 average rebound margin this season, up from +1.3 a year ago. It is Duke's best rebound margin since a +8.8 advantage in 1998-99. The Blue Devils are 377-47 when outrebounding opponents under Mike Krzyzewski.

Meet The Longhorns:

Reports have Texas' leading scorer, senior Brandon Mouton ( 15.1 ppg) listed as ‘doubtful' for the game. With Mouton on the bench, the starting nod will probably be given to Daniel Ewing's former high school teammate Kenny Taylor, who has hit for nine points and nearly four rebounds in 21 minutes of action per game this year.

The other wing has been a wonderful surprise in the form of freshman P.J. Tucker, who has averaged 14.8 points and 8.5 rebounds since coming out of North Carolina. Tucker has been one of the most consistent performers for Rick Barnes, logging three double-doubles this year including a 16 point, 14 rebound performance in the loss to Arizona.

After losing TJ Ford to the NBA, the Longhorns have turned to Royal Ivey as a solution to the point guard dilemma. So far the 6-foot-3, 200-pound senior has responded with steady play. He's handing out 4.2 assists against 2.3 turnovers per game (1.8/1).

The post is manned by a number of tough big guys including 6'8, 225lbs Brian Boddicker (11.5, 5.3), 6'8, 235lbs Brad Buckman (8,4, 8.0), 6'8, 235lbs James Thomas (8.3, 8.2), and 6'9, 240lbs Jason Klotz (6.2, 4.3).

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