Preview: Duke (2-0) vs. Davidson (0-0)

Duke will take a break from the NIT Season Tip Off title chase to host Davidson on Saturday in Cameron Indoor. The Wildcats have played Duke very tough over the last few years including last season's game which went down to the wire in Charlotte. TDD previews the match up.

Vitals:
Location: Davidson, N.C.
Conference: Southern
Nickname: Wildcats 
Colors: Red & White
Head Coach: Bob McKillop (17th year)
Career Record at Davidson: 262-202
Last Year: 23-9 (16-0, NIT Third Round)

Returning Starters – '04-'05 stats
   Brendan Winters (6-5, 200, Sr.) - 16.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 43% 3pt
   Kenny Grant (6-1, 185, Sr.) – 7.2 ppg, 5.5 apg
   Matt McKillop (6-1, 180, Sr.) – 7.7 ppg, 37% 3pt
 
Key Returnees: 
   Jason Morton  (6-2, 180, Sr.) – 10.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg
   Jason Richards  (6-1, 190, So.) – 1.5 ppg
   Eric Blancett  (6-4, 185, Sr.) – 1.7 ppg
   Ian Johnson  (6-9, 235, Jr.) – 11.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 53% FG
   Boris Meno (6-8, 215, So.) – 1.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg
   Thomas Sander (6-8, 205, So.) – 2.1 ppg, 1.7 rpg

Newcomers: 
   Stephen Rossiter (6-7, 205, Fr.) Staten Island, N.Y.
   Andrew Lovedale (6-8, 205, Fr.) Manchester, Eng.
   Max Gosselin (6-6, 185, Fr.) Carigan, PQ
   Can Civi (6-0. 175, Fr.) Istanbul, Turk.


Notable:

- Duke and Davidson square off Saturday, Nov. 19 in the 101st meeting between the two schools. The Blue Devils hold an 83-17 edge and an 18-game winning streak in the series, which dates back to 1909.

- Davidson's only victory in Cameron Indoor Stadium came in 1981 when the Wildcats beat Duke 75-73. Duke holds a 28-1 series advantage on their homecourt.

- Through two games Duke is holding opponents to just 43.5 points per game and just 35.3 percent shooting from the field.

- Davidson opens the season against the Blue Devils looking to pull a huge upset. The Wildcats played their only exhibition game against Concordia a day after the Canadian school was thrashed 123-66 by the Blue Devils in Cameron. After leading by just nine at the half, the Wildcats out-scored Concordia 54-37 in the second period to pull away for the 93-67 victory. Brendan Winters scored 20 in 27 minutes to lead the Wildcats. Matt McKillop, Ian Johnson, and Boris Meno all hit double figures, scoring 11, 14, and 13 points respectively. Johnson and Meno pulled in 13 rebounds apiece to lead Davidson.

- Forward Ian Johnson also enters the season with more than 1,000 career points (1,015). For his career he is averaging 11.5 points and 4.9 rebounds a game, plus sports a .529 field goal percentage. Cameron Indoor Stadium was the site of Johnson's first collegiate game in 2002-03, and he was not fazed by the legendary arena as he scored 23 points in a 95-80 season-opening loss to the Blue Devils.

- Davidson put a scare into the Devils a year ago, trailing by just four with under six minutes to play, but the Blue Devils were able to fight off the 'Cats, 74-61. Junior Brendan Winters tallied 24 points and grabbed eight boards to help the Davidson cause.

- The game will be televised on ESPN2 at 5 p.m., with Scott Graham and Len Elmore commenting.

- The Blue Devils had 22 assists and shot 63.6 percent (35-of-55) from the field, including 55.6 percent (10-of-18) from three-point distance in their last outing.

- Duke has won 113 of its last 119 games in Cameron Indoor Stadium

- The unranked Wildcats will be looking to make history as no team that is unranked has ever beaten Duke at home when the Blue Devils are ranked number one in the nation.

- Senior big man Shelden Williams is now tied for ninth among all-time ACC rejections leaders (immediately ahead is North Carolina's Brendan Haywood with 304) and his 2.77 career average is eighth in league history.

- Duke has been ranked No. 1 in either the AP or USA Today/ESPN coaches poll at some point in the season in 14 of the past 21 years. Duke has been ranked number one 66 weeks since 1990, the most by any school in the nation. The next closest school is Kansas at 32 weeks during the same time period.

- The Blue Devils have been ranked in 320 consecutive games dating back to the close of the 1995-96 season.


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