Previewing Duke

NC State returns to the court tonight looking to upset in-state rival Duke. Pack Pride takes a closer look at the Blue Devils -- tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 on ESPN.


    G Nolan Smith (20.1 ppg, 5.7 apg)
    G Andre Dawkins (11.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg)
    F Kyle Singler (17.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg)
    F Ryan Kelly (5.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg)
    C Mason Plumlee (7.0 rpg, 8.5 rpg)

    Nolan Smith -- Smith has had an outstanding senior season for the Blue Devils as he is one of the league leaders in scoring and assists. To defeat Duke NC State must neturalize Smith.

    Duke Game Notes

    The Opening Tip
    • Duke faces N.C. State on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at the RBC Center. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m.

    • The game is being televised by ESPN with Mike Patrick (play-by-play), Jay Bilas (analyst) and Jeannine Edwards (sideline) calling the action.

    •Duke is ranked No.4 in the AP and No.5 ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, while N.C. State is unranked in both polls.

    • The Blue Devils are looking to improve to 17-1 for the 10th time in school history. Duke has reached 17-1 in three of the last five seasons. • Duke has won 34 of the last 36 games entering Wednesday's game with N.C. State. • Duke is looking for its 23rd straight win in the state of North Carolina. The Blue Devils' last loss in their home state was on Jan. 20, 2010 to N.C. State.

    Duke-N.C. State Series History
    • Duke and N.C. State have met 233 times heading into Wednesday's game with the first meeting between the two schools coming on Feb. 9, 1912.

    • The Blue Devils lead the all-time series 136-97, including a 6-3 mark at the RBC Center.

    • N.C. State won the last meeting between the two schools, 88-74, on Jan. 20, 2010.

    • Duke has not lost back-to-back games to N.C. State since the 1994-95 season. The Blue Devils are 28-5 against the Wolfpack in that span.

    • Mike Krzyzewski is 44-20 at Duke against the Wolfpack.

    • Krzyzewski recorded his 800th career coaching victory with an 87-86 win over N.C. State at the RBC Center on March 1, 2008.

    Numbers Game
    • The Blue Devils have had at least one player score 20 or more points in each of the last 12 games.

    • Duke has collected 40 or more rebounds in three of the last four games. The Blue Devils are averaging 40.8 rebounds in five January games.

    • The Blue Devils rank fourth in the NCAA in scoring at 85.5 points per game. Duke is 16-0 on the year when scoring 70 or more points in a game.

    • Duke has won 22 consecutive games in the state of North Carolina. The Blue Devils' last loss in the state was at N.C. State last season.

    • In conference play, senior Nolan Smith leads the ACC in scoring (23.5 ppg.), assists (6.0 apg.), steals (2.5 spg.) and minutes played (39.8 mpg.). He also ranks second in free throw percentage (.963) and tied for ninth in three-point field goals (2.0 3pg.).

    • Senior Kyle Singler has scored in double figures in 52 of his last 57 games. He is tied for sixth at Duke with 111 career double-figure scoring games.

    • Nolan Smith is tied for the ACC lead with eight games with 20 or more points scored. He has topped the 20-point mark in seven of the last 10 games and two times in league play.

    • Sophomore Mason Plumlee has raised his rebound average by 5.4 rebounds per game from a year ago. He ranks fourth in the ACC at 8.5 rpg. Plumlee ranks second in league play at 11.5 rpg, including an ACC-high 8.3 defensive rebounds per game.

    • Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler are averaging 44.5 points combined over the last six games. The senior tandem has accounted for 56.2 percent of the Duke offense in that span.

    Ma. Plumlee Delivering In The Post
    • Sophomore Mason Plumlee has three double- doubles on the year and has grabbed 10 or more rebounds in seven contests.

    • Plumlee ranks fourth in the league in rebounding (8.5 rpg.) and tied for ninth in blocks (1.6 bpg.). He is tied for third in the conference in defensive rebounds at 6.1 drpg.

    • Plumlee has led the Blue Devils in rebounding 12 times, including 10 of the last 14 games.

    • Plumlee blocked a career-high five shots against Marquette and has blocked at least one shot in 14 of 17 games.

    • Plumlee is shooting 53.8 percent (50-of-93) from the field. He is tied for the team lead with 14 dunks.

    • Plumlee was named to the CBE Classic All- Tournament team after recording a 25-point, 12-rebound and five-block effort against Marquette.

    • Plumlee came off the bench to grab 14 rebounds at Florida State - the most rebounds off the bench in a game under Coach K.

    Duke Has...
    • won 30 consecutive games at Cameron Indoor Stadium dating back to the 2008-09 season.

    • won 34 of its last 36 games overall.

    • been ranked No.1 in the AP poll in10 of the last 14 seasons.

    • opened the season ranked No. 1 in the AP poll seven times (1979, 1989, 1992, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2011).

    • played 207 games under Mike Krzyzewski as the No. 1 team in the AP poll. Krzyzewski is 182-25 (.879), second in NCAA history, with the No. 1 ranked team.

    • been ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll for 66 consecutive weeks (as of Jan. 17).

    • won 18 ACC Tournament championships, including nine of the past 12 titles.

    • won 52 consecutive home games against unranked competition.

    • won 59 of its last 61 games in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils are 765-150 all-time at Cameron.

    • 13 former players currently on NBA rosters with seven of the former Blue Devils in starting lineups.

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