Game Day: Duke (20-1) vs. Virginia (12-8)

Duke will look to improve to 21-1 overall on the season while extending its win streak to 18 when the Blue Devils face the struggling Virginia Cavaliers on Wednesday night. <i>TheDevilsDen.com</i> takes a look at the match up and runs down what you need to know.

Game Facts:

The game will be televised nationally by ESPN with Mike Patrick (play-by-play) and Len Elmore (color) calling the action. Tip off is scheduled for 7:02 PM EST.

The Series:

Overall....................... Duke 102-47
At Cameron Indoor Stadium..... Duke 42-8
At University Hall............ Duke 20-19
In ACC Tournament............. Duke 12-3
Current Streak................ Duke W 4
Longest Duke Win Streak....... 22 (1959-68)
Longest Virginia Win Streak... 9 (1980-83)
Biggest Duke Win.............. 115-69 (1/10/99)
Biggest Virginia Win.......... 109-66 (3/11/83)
Duke Under Coach K............ 38-15

This will mark the 150th meeting between Duke and Virginia with the Blue Devils holding a 102-47 series lead. Duke has controlled the series in recent years, winning 17 of the past 19 meetings. The Blue Devils have won the past eight games in Cameron Indoor Stadium vs. Virginia and 42 of the 50 meetings overall in the arena vs. the Cavaliers.

Last Time:

On Jan. 11 in Charlottesville, Va., Shelden Williams scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half and No. 2 Duke had five other players in double figures in a 93-71 victory against Virginia. Williams also grabbed 12 rebounds, helping Duke to a 43-30 advantage on the glass.

J.J. Redick was 4-for-5 from three-point range and finished with 14 points. Chris Duhon added 15, Shavlik Randolph and Luol Deng 12 each and Daniel Ewing 11.

Notable:

*- Since its 78-68 loss against Purdue in the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout, Duke has been dominating in its last 17 games. The Blue Devils' average margin of victory during their current 17-game winning streak is +20.5.

Of the 685 minutes played in that stretch, Duke has trailed for just 28:14, roughly four percent of the total time. In seven of its last 17 games, Duke has not trailed at all.

*- Duke will look to extend several winning streaks vs. Virginia on Wednesday at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils have a 17-game overall winning streak, a 38-game home winning streak, a 12-game winning streak vs. ACC competition (includes the 2003 ACC Tournament) and a 42-game home winning streak vs. unranked opponents.

*- Duke's 20-1 start matches the best record through 21 games in school history. Duke's 1991-92, 1997-98, 1998-99 and 2001-02 teams also started 20-1. 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 and the 1997-98 team was 20-1 before those teams lost their second game of the season

*- Duke's 17-game overall winning streak matches the eighth-longest in school history

*- Shelden Williams and Luol Deng each rank second in the ACC with four double-doubles this season (North Carolina's Sean May leads the league with five)

*- Over his last three games, Luol Deng has averaged 20.3 points and 9.7 boards. He has won ACC Rookie of the Week honors in three of the last four weeks, including this week

*- Chris Duhon stands just three steals shy of becoming Duke's all-time leader. Duhon has 264 career thefts to his credit, and trails only Shane Battier (266) on the Blue Devil chart.

*- Duke has been outstanding at the defensive end this season. The Blue Devils have limited opponents to a .392 field goal percentage overall, a .308 three-point percentage and 60.2 points per game (modern day school record is 63.2 in 1959-60).

Duke has held 12 of 21 opponents to 60 points or less this season. Under Mike Krzyzewski, this ranks behind only the 1997-98 team (13 games) and is tied with the 1996-97 squad (12 games).

*- The Blue Devils have blocked 148 shots in 2003-04 for an average of 7.0 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 (36) 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 10th among the ACC leaders.

*- Mike Krzyzewski currently ranks 17th among the all-time victory leaders at the Division I level with 683 career victories.

Meet the Cavaliers:

Probable Starting Lineup: 
   Todd Billet (6-0, 192, G, Sr.) – 10.1 ppg, 3.3 apg
   Gary Forbes (6-6, 201, G, Sr.) – 9.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg
   Derrick Byars (6-7, 205, F, So.) – 8.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg
   Devin Smith (6-6, 235, F, Jr.) – 12.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg
   Elton Brown (6-9, 255, C, Jr.) – 15.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg
Key Reserves: 
   J.R. Reynolds (6-3, 190, G, Fr.) – 7.7 ppg
   Jason Clark (6-8, 234, F, Jr.) – 3.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg
   Jason Cain (6-9, 197, F, Fr.) – 2.4 ppg, 1.4 rpg
   Majestic Mapp (6-2, 185, G, Sr.) – 1.7 ppg, 1.0 apg

After starting the season with a lot of promise, the Virginia Cavaliers have fallen on hard times in conference play, losing seven of their first nine games. It doesn't get any easier for head coach Pete Guillen's troops on Wednesday as they travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium to face a Duke team that easily beat them by 22 in the first meeting. To make matters worse for Virginia, they enter sporting a four game losing streak.

The game plan for the Cavaliers starts with junior big man Elton Brown, who is the team's leading scorer at over 15 points per game. Despite his 6-foot-9, 255 pound frame Brown often hears the knock that he plays soft on the interior. He's also been foul prone when playing against equally talented big men. Joining Brown on the front line is junior big forward Devin Smith, who has been hot lately – scoring in double figures in eight of the previous nine games. Despite his big frame he is an above average perimeter shooter who gets hot in streaks.

The backcourt is anchored by senior Todd Billet, who is one of the better perimeter shooters in the league when able to get an open look. Unfortunately he's not always able to create the needed space to get his shot off – certainly he's been a disappointment after being tabbed as preseason all-conference. Joining Billet in the backcourt has been 6-foot-6 Gary Forbes, who's been streaky at best this year.

Off the bench for Virginia, Pete Guillen has gotten a steady rotation to produce off and on with freshman J.R. Reynolds leading the charge at 7.7 points per game as the sixth man. Former McDonalds All-American Majestic Mapp's tragic career is winding down in unspectacular fashion at just under two points per game in very limited action. The front court reserves are Jason Clark (6'8), and Jason Cain (6'9) who will occasionally steal minutes against deep front lines or when Brown has foul or stamina trouble.


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