1/1 Duke (4-0) vs. Memphis (3-0)
New York, NY. – Madison Square Garden
6 p.m., ESPN2
Program Vitals Conference: Conference USA Nickname: Tigers Colors: Blue & White Head Coach: John Calipari (6th year) Career Record at Memphis: 118-55 Last Year: 22-16 (9-3 CUSA Championship Game, NIT Semifinals)
Television: ESPN2 (Dan Shulman, playby- play; Dick Vitale, color analyst; Doris Burke, sideline reporter)
Projected Starters: Darius Washington, Jr (6-2, 195, So.) - 18.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.0 apg Antonio Anderson (6-6, 190, Fr.) – 5.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.7 apg Joey Dorsey (6-9, 265, So.) – 6.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.3 bpg Rodney Carney (6-7, 205, Sr.) – 14.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 45% 3fg Shawne Williams (6-8, 225, Fr.) – 16.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 46% 3fg Key Reserves: Robert Dozier (6-9, 205, Fr.) – 4.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg Chris Douglas-Roberts (6-6, 180, Fr.) – 6.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg Kareem Cooper (6-11, 285, Fr.) – 9.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg
- Friday's Championship game of the NIT Season Tip off is the first meeting between Duke and Memphis. It is also the first time that John Calipari and Mike Krzyzewski have faced off.
- The Tigers advanced to the NIT Season Tip-Off title game with victories over Wisconsin-Milwaukee 79-52 in the first round, No. 15/14 Alabama 87-76 in the quarterfinals and No. 16/16 UCLA 88-80 in the semifinals.
- In its 86 year history of basketball, Memphis has played the nation's top ranked team six times, losing all six contests by an average of 15.1 points per game. However, Calipari is 3-0 all time vs. the nation's number one team, winning those games by an average of 13.0 points per game.
- Memphis certainly isn't afraid of playing freshmen or using a considerably deep bench. Through three games the Tigers have nine players averaging 10 or more minutes per game. Six of those nine players are freshmen.
- Memphis was unanimously selected to finish first in Conference USA at the annual media day in October. In addition, Rodney Carney was selected as the conference's preseason player of the year while Darius Washington was selected as one of the top 20 players to watch by the coaches.
- Carney participated in the Team USA for Young Men's World Championships Trials in the summer of 2004. He was also selected for the Team USA U21 Trials this past summer, but was unable to participate as a result of a rib injury.
- With two three-point field goals against Drexel on Wednesday, Duke's J.J. Redick now has 328 in his career and stands in fifth place on the ACC's all-time chart by himself ... Wake Forest's Randolph Childress is immediately ahead with 329 career treys ... Redick is now 15 three-pointers from moving into first place on Duke's all-time list for three-pointers, trailing only Trajan Langdon (342)
- Memphis, ranked No. 11 in both the AP and Coaches Poll, will be the first ranked team the Blue Devils have faced all season long.
- Duke will be without sophomore scoring guard DeMarcus Nelson for at least five weeks after Nelson sustained a hairline fracture to his ankle against Drexel.