The game will be televised nationally by ESPN with Mike Patrick (play-by-play), Dick Vitale (color) and Doris Burke (sideline) calling the action. Tipoff is set for 7:01 PM.
Overall Duke 52-20 At Cameron Indoor Stadium Duke 26-4 uAt Alexander Memorial Coliseum Duke 17-11 In ACC Tournament Tied 3-3 Current Streak Duke W 15 Longest Duke Win Streak 15 (1997-present) Longest Georgia Tech Win Streak 2 (several times) Biggest Duke Win 98-54 (2/21/01) Biggest GT Win 83-72 (3/10/90) 75-64 (3/9/85) Duke Under Coach K 37-15
This will mark the 73rd meeting between Duke and Georgia Tech with the Blue Devils holding a 52-20 series lead. Duke has won 15 consecutive games vs. Georgia Tech, including its eighth straight victory at Alexander Memorial Coliseum earlier this season. The 15 consecutive victories over Georgia Tech is the sixth-longest winning streak by one ACC opponent over another league foe in conference history.
On Jan. 31 in Atlanta, freshman Luol Deng scored a career-high 22 points as No. 1 Duke extended its winning streak to 15 games with an 82-74 victory over 14th-ranked Georgia Tech.
B.J. Elder made a couple of free throws with 2:52 left to get Georgia Tech within a basket, but the Yellow Jackets missed their next five shots. Duke pulled away when Daniel Ewing made a three and Shavlik Randolph dunked off a pass from Chris Duhon.
Elder fouled out after scoring just seven points on 2-of-11 shooting. Schenscher carried a big load with 18 points. Will Bynum added 13 but was only 4-of-16 from the field.
Eleven of Duke's last 22 opponents have shot .400 or less from the floor, including .318 by 11thranked Texas on Dec. 20, .400 by fifth-ranked Michigan State on Dec. 3, .353 by fourth-ranked Wake Forest on Jan. 17 and .377 by No. 14 Georgia Tech on Jan. 31.
Meet the Yellow Jackets:
Probable Starting Lineup: Jarrett Jack (6-3, 198, G, So.) – 12.4 ppg, 6.0 apg, 2.0 spg Marvin Lewis (6-4, 205, G, Sr.) – 11.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg B.J. Elder (6-4, 218, G, Jr.) – 16.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg Anthony McHenry (6-7, 218, F, Jr.) – 2.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg Luke Schenscher (7-1, 255, C, Jr.) – 8.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg Key Reserves: Isma'il Muhammad (6-6, 225, F, Jr.) – 10.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg Will Bynum (6-0, 185, G, Jr.) – 10.4 ppg, 2.7 apg Clarence Moore (6-5, 215, F, Sr.) – 6.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg Theodis Tarver (6-9, 245, F, So.) – 1.4 ppg, 1.7 rpg Robert Brooks (6.8, 210, F, Sr.) – 1.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg
Heading into the season many experts believed the Jackets had an outside shot to finish in sixth place in the ACC. However, an early season blow out of then number one UConn along with impressive wins at Wake Forest among others no ACC team has been able to look past Paul Hewitt's club.
Georgia Tech enters the game with top ranked Duke coming off a victory over Clemson, which propelled the Jackets to the 20 win plateau and evened their ACC record at 7-7. Prior to the victory over the Tigers, Tech had dropped two straight to Wake Forest and NC State. Currently Hewitt has his team at 20-7 overall and 7-7 in the conference.
Much like Duke's last opponent, Florida State, Georgia Tech's offense is based primarily on the strength of the perimeter game. When they are hitting from long range, the defense has to extend, allowing super sophomore point guard Jarret Jack to drive and create off the dribble. Perhaps the most dangerous Techster on the perimeter is junior wing B.J. Elder, who is coming off a career high 36 points against Clemson.
While Elder and Jack are certainly high major players, the backcourt has recently gotten much better with the arrival of Arizona transfer Will Bynum, who can score from the perimeter or soar to the basket. Joining that trio is senior sharp shooter Marvin Lewis, who's hitting 40% of his perimeter shots while scoring 11 points per game. Lewis is certainly the player Duke doesn't want to send to the line where he's hitting 86% of his attempts.
With a loaded backcourt, the Yellow Jackets are still searching for a dominant presence in the post. Last year they had Chris Bosh and Ed Nelson banging inside, this year the cuppard isn't nearly as full with the duo of 7-foot-1 Luke Schenscher and Clarence Moore, both of whom are able to score occasionally and routinely get to rebounds. Depth in the paint is provided by a pair of 6-foot-9 forwards in Robert Brooks and Theodis Tarver.
A preview of Georgia Tech wouldn't be complete without mention of Isma'il Muhammad, who's ability to slash to the basket will remind many ACC fans of some of the better dunkers in league history.
Once again the Yellow Jackets had an extra day to prepare for the Blue Devils, though they did have to travel from Atlanta to Durham while Duke returned from Tallahassee to prepare for tonight's showdown. A win by Duke will lengthen the nation's longest home court winning streak to 41 straight.
Thanks to Duke Sports Information for much of this information; Photo courtesy of the AP