The game will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net with Tim Brando (play-by-play), Mike Gminski (color) and Dwayne Ballen (sideline) calling the action.
Overall.......................... Duke 94-27 At Cameron Indoor Stadium........ Duke 50-4 At Littlejohn Coliseum........... Duke 20-16 In ACC Tournament................ Duke 5-3 Current Streak................... Duke W 16 Longest Duke Win Streak.......... 16 (1997-present) Longest Clemson Win Streak....... 7 (1975-77) Biggest Duke Win................. 115-54 (12/3/54) Biggest Clemson Win.............. 100-66 (2/15/75) Duke Under Coach K............... 40-9
This will mark the 112th meeting between Duke and Clemson with the Blue Devils holding a 94-27 series lead. Duke has won the past 16 games vs. the Tigers - its longest winning streak in the series that dates back to 1926. The Blue Devils have won 50 of the 54 meetings vs. Clemson in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
On Jan. 4, 2004, Daniel Ewing had 19 points and J.J. Redick 17 to give coach Mike Krzyzewski his 600th win at Duke, a 73-54 victory over Clemson. Redick had a three-pointer and another basket as Duke took a 19-6 lead midway through the first half. When the Tigers scratched back to 22-15, Redick followed with another trey and Ewing a driving layup to restore the big margin. Shelden Williams added 12 points while Chris Duhon added 10.
*- Since its 78-68 loss against Purdue in the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout, Duke has been dominating in its last 16 games. The Blue Devils' average margin of victory during their current 15-game winning streak is +20.1. Of the 645 minutes played in that stretch, Duke has trailed for just 25:42, roughly four percent of the total time.
*- Duke will look for its 20th victory against Clemson on Sunday. The Blue Devils have won 20 or more games 38 times in school history, including the last seven seasons in succession.
*- Duke's 19-1 start matches the best record through 20 games in school history. Duke's 1991-92, 1997-98, 1998-99, 2000-01 and 2001-02 teams also started 19-1. The 1998-99 team went 37-1 before losing in the NCAA title game, while the 2001-02 team was 23-1, the 1991-92 team was 21-1, the 1997-98 team was 20-1, the 2000-01 team was also 19-1 before those teams lost their second game of the season
*- Duke will look for its 17th consecutive victory when it faces Clemson on Feb. 8. The 16 consecutive wins match the ninth-longest winning streak in school history.
*- Chris Duhon stands just five steals shy of becoming Duke's all-time leader. Duhon has 262 career thefts to his credit, and trails only Shane Battier (266) on the Blue Devil chart.
*- The Blue Devils have limited opponents to a .389 field goal percentage overall, a .311 three-point percentage and 60.5 points per game (modern day school record is 63.2 in 1959-60). In addition, Duke has averaged 7.4 blocked shots (school record is 6.3 in 1998-99) and 18.0 forced turnovers per game this season.
*- The Blue Devils have blocked 147 shots in 2003-04 for an average of 7.4 per contest. As a point of reference, the single-season school record for blocks is 6.3 in 1998-99. Shelden Williams, known as "The Landlord," has blocked a team- and ACC-best 72 shots this season, while Shavlik Randolph (35) and Luol Deng (23) each have at least 23 rejections so far this year. Williams leads the league in blocked shots, Randolph ranks third and Deng is ninth among the ACC leaders.
*- Duke has been very balanced offensively this season as six players — J.J. Redick (16.3), Luol Deng (13.8), Shelden Williams (11.8), Daniel Ewing (11.3), Chris Duhon (10.1) and Shavlik Randolph (7.9) — are averaging at least 7.9 points per game.
*- Mike Krzyzewski currently ranks 17th among the all-time victory leaders at the Division I level with 682 career victories.
Meet The Tigers:
Probable Starting Lineup: Shawan Robinson (6-2, 183, G, So.) – 11.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg Chey Christie (6-4, 183, G, Jr.) – 10.4 ppg, 2.3 apg Olu Babalola (6-6, 242, F, Jr.) – 8.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg Chris Hobbs (6-7, 260, F, Sr.) – 9.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg Sharrod Ford (6-9, 223, F, Jr.) – 11.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.4 bpg Key Reserves: Vernon Hamilton (6-0, 192, G, Fr.) – 7.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.7 apg Akin Akingbala (6-9, 230, F, So.) – 4.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg Lamar Rice (6-7, 210, F, Jr.) – 4.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg
Clemson struggled through most of the first half of their ACC schedule, dropping the first two games against Duke and Wake Forest before upsetting Florida State. However, the Tigers then dropped four straight before shocking the nation and handling North Carolina rather easily in Littlejon Colisseum to finish the first half at 2-6 in the league.
This season the Tigers have built around their perimeter attack first, but have gotten very good play from junior big man Sharrod Ford, who has established himself as one of the conference's best natural shot blockers. Aside from giving his team that kind of defensive presence inside, Ford also leads Clemson in scoring (11.6), and rebounding (7.4 RPG).
Joining Ford is one of the few seniors in the ACC, Chris Hobbs. Hobbs has finally learned how to utilize his big body to score and rebound efficiently. When the 6-foot-7, 265 pounder gets inside he's a load to move off the blocks and can create space on the offensive end when needed. The other big forward seeing major action this year is 6-foot-6, 240 pound Olu Babalola, who surprises some defenses with his ability to step out and knock down the three pointer.
The backcourt consists of three players who interchange with one another. Those three Tigers are Vernon Hamilton, Chey Christie, and Shawan Robinson. Christie is the most consistent from the perimeter, hitting 40% of his three point attempts, though Robinson has been hot of late including a 24 point performance that propelled Clemson over UNC.