DUKE PROJECTED STARTERS:
F- 21 DeMarcus Nelson
F- 42 Lance Thomas
C- 02 Josh McRoberts
G- 03 Greg Paulus
G- 30 Jon Scheyer
DUKE GAME NOTES
DEVILISH ON DEFENSE
Despite the departure of two-time NABC National Defensive Player of the Year Shelden Williams, Duke's defense remains one of the best in the ACC.
The Blue Devils are giving up 55.2 points per game (eighth-lowest in the NCAA - as of Jan. 15) as well as just 27.1 percent (68-of-251) shooting from three-point distance. Duke is allowing the opposition to shoot 39.0 percent (381-of-977) overall from the field, second-best in the ACC.
Duke has held 13 opponents under 56 points in a game, including six foes under 50 points this season. In wins over Columbia, Holy Cross, UNC Greensboro and Wake Forest, the Blue Devils forced more turnovers than their opponents had made field goals.
102ND SEASON OF BASKETBALL
Duke is in its 102nd season of basketball in 2006-07. The Blue Devils have compiled a 1,811-814 record to rank fourth all-time in victories.
DUKE IN ELITE VICTORY CLUB
With its 71-56 win over Air Force in the semifi nals of the CBE Classic on Nov. 20, 2006, Duke became just the fourth school in NCAA history to have earned at least 1,800 all-time wins. Now with 1,811 wins, the Blue Devils join Kentucky (1,941), North Carolina (1,897) and Kansas (1,887) as members of the 1,800-win club.
Duke has won 20 or more games 41 times in its 102 years of basketball. Including a 32-4 mark last year, Duke has won 20+ games for 10 straight seasons. The Blue Devils have won 30 or more games nine times, including six times in the last nine seasons. All nine 30+ win seasons have come under Coach K.
COACH K MOVING UP VICTORY LADDER
Mike Krzyzewski is one of just 19 coaches in Division I history to reach 700 career wins. His 768 wins is ninth all-time among college basketball's victory leaders (third among active coaches).
TRIO OF CAPTAINS
Junior DeMarcus Nelson, sophomore Greg Paulus and sophomore Josh McRoberts were named team captains for the 2006-07 season. Paulus and McRoberts are the fi rst sophomores to be named team captains in the 102-year history of the Duke men's basketball program.
NELSON LEADING THE WAY
Junior DeMarcus Nelson leads the Blue Devils in scoring (14.4 ppg.), fi eld goals (94) and steals (28). He is also second in three-point percentage (39.1 pct.) and rebounding (5.3 rpg.). Nelson, a preseason Naismith Trophy candidate, is shooting 51.9 percent (94-of-181) from the fi eld. Nelson has scored in double-fi gures 30 times in his career, including 15 times this season. Duke is 25-5 in such games. Nelson's scoring average is up 7.3 points from a season ago, the eighth largest increase in the ACC this season.
Josh McRoberts is the only player in the ACC to rank in the top 10 in rebounds (sixth - 7.7 rpg.), blocks (third - 2.50 bpg.), assists (eighth - 4.22 apg.), assist-to-turnover ratio (eighth - 1.73:1) and minutes played (sixth - 34.39 pg.). The 6-10, 240- pound forward is also the only player in the country averaging over 10.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.5 blocks per game.
Freshman Jon Scheyer has been one of Duke's most consistent players through 18 games. The Northbrook, Ill., native has reached double-fi gures in scoring 11 times and is third on the team in scoring at 11.7 ppg. He is shooting 37.9 percent (33-of-87) from three-point distance and is seventh in the ACC in treys (1.83 pg).
Scheyer has made three or more three-point field goals six times this season. He is also fourth in the conference in free throw percentage (.843 - 59-of-70). He was named the ACC Rookie of the Week on Dec. 26 after averaging 15.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in Duke wins over Kent State and 22nd-ranked Gonzaga. Scheyer scored a career-high 25 points in an 85-63 win over Miami. He went 5-of-8 from the field, including 4-of-6 from three-point distance in the contest. Scheyer was also 11-of-11 from the free throw line, becoming just the 13th player (22 times) in Duke history to make all his free throws while attempting at least 10 in a game.
PAULUS AT THE POINT
Sophomore Greg Paulus is averaging 8.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. He is also shooting a team-high 46.8 percent (29-of-62) from three-point range. Paulus has 18 career double-figure scoring games, including a career-high 20 points against Gonzaga on Dec. 21. Paulus knocked down a career-best five treys and fi nished with 17 points in a win over Wake Forest on Jan. 18.
MCCLURE PROVIDES SPARK
David McClure has been a big reason the Blue Devils hold a +6.5 rebounding advantage over the opposition this season. The Ridgefield, Conn., native is tied for second on the team in rebounding at 5.3 rpg., while playing 21.2 minutes per game. He has grabbed at least five rebounds in 11 contests, including double-figure efforts against Temple (12) and Miami (11). McClure is also averaging 4.6 points and shooting 55.2 percent (32-of-58) from the field. He is second on the team with 25 steals, including a career-high seven in a win over UNC Greensboro.