The game will be televised by CBS with Verne Lundquist (play-by-play) and Billy Packer (color) calling the action. Tip off is scheduled for 2:02 PM EST.
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his will mark the 10th meeting between Duke and Georgetown with the Hoyas holding a 5-4 series lead. Duke has victories in three of the last four, including an 85-77 triumph in the 1989 East Regional final in East Rutherford, N.J., that propelled the Blue Devils to their second consecutive Final Four appearance.
Duke defeated Georgetown, 93-86, in Cameron Indoor Stadium last season. Under Mike Krzyzewski, Duke is 2-1 vs. the Hoyas.
Including Wednesday's victory at Maryland, Duke has a 162-23 record as the nation's top ranked team
Duke will look for its 13th consecutive victory when it faces Georgetown on Jan. 24. The Blue Devils have won their last 12 games by an average of 23.8 points. The Blue Devils have recorded win streaks of 10 or more games nine different times in the past seven seasons.
J.J. Redick has put together three consecutive games with 20+ points. In Duke wins over N.C. State, Wake Forest and Maryland, he scored 20, 23 and 26 points, respectively, leading the Blue Devils in each contest.
Redick has also converted 59-of-60 free throw attempts this season.
The Blue Devils' average margin of victory during their current 12-game winning streak is +23.8. Of the 480 minutes played in that stretch, Duke has trailed for just 8:17, less than two percent of the total time. In seven of its last 12 games, Duke has not trailed at all.
Duke has been very balanced offensively this season as six players — J.J. Redick (16.2), Luol Deng (14.1), Daniel Ewing (11.8), Shelden Williams (11.4), Chris Duhon (9.8) and Shavlik Randolph (8.1) — are averaging at least 8.1 points per game.
The Blue Devils have limited opponents to a .390 field goal percentage overall, a .310 three-point percentage and 58.7 points per game (modern day school record is 63.2 in 1959-60). In addition, Duke has averaged 7.3 blocked shots (school record is 6.3 in 1998-99) and 18.1 forced turnovers per game this season.
Georgetown-71, St. John's-69
Duke-79, St. John's-58
Meet the Hoyas:
Georgetown is coming off a 71-69 victory over Big East foe St. John's on January 20th at home. The victory improved the Hoyas to 11-3 overall and 2-3 in conference play. On the season the Hoyas' biggest wins have been over St. John's (71-69) and at Penn State (79-78). Otherwise Georgetown has lost against every ‘quality opponent' they have faced including Boston College (72-64), at West Virginia (62-58), and Connecticut (94-70).
So far this season the Hoyas have been led by senior forward Gerald Riley (6'6, 217lbs) who has tallied 16.7 points per contest while shooting 34% from long range – down from nearly 42% last season. Manning the other forward slot for Georgetown has been sophomore Brandan Bowman (6'8, 213lbs) who has contributed 16.0 points and a team best 6.9 rebounds per contest.
Inside Georgetown doesn't have their traditional dominant center so Bowman, along with seldom used reserve forward Amadou Kilkenny-Diaw (6'8, 220lbs) have been dubbed "centers" along with the starter - senior forward Courtland Freeman (6'9, 230lbs). Freeman has been better than expected in the paint, scoring 10 points while grabbing five rebounds per game.
The backcourt is led by sophomore point guard Ashanti Cook (6'2, 175) who has improved his all around numbers this season including points (9.6 up from 5.0), rebounds (4.6 up from 1.4), and assists (4.5 from 1.2).
Joining Cook is 6-foot-6 junior wing Darrel Owens (11.1 points, 4.4 RPG). Cook has hit 24-of-42 from behind the arc to tally a 57% conversion ratio from three point land.