Duke will be hoping to book a place in the ACC Tournament final when they take on North Carolina State on Saturday.
Duke vs. NC State
ACC Tournament Semifinals
March 15, 2014 • 3 p.m.
Greensboro, N.C. • Greensboro Coliseum (23,300)
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The Opening Tip
• Duke earned the No. 3 seed in the ACC Tournament and will play No. 7 seed NC State in the semifinal Saturday, March 15 at 3 p.m. The Blue Devils have won 10 straight ACC Tournament games as the No. 3 seed.
• The Blue Devils are 14-9 all-time and 8-3 under Coach K against NC State in the ACC Tournament.
• Duke is ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press poll and No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Blue Devils are 80-22 all-time when playing as the No. 7 team in the AP poll.
• Duke is 19-2 when playing in the state of North Carolina this season. The Blue Devils are 2-0 at the Greensboro Coliseum with Friday’s 63-62 win over Clemson and an 86-48 win over Elon on Dec. 31.
• Duke is 18-1 on the year when outrebounding the opposition. The Blue Devils have outrebounded its last two opponents – North Carolina and Clemson – 68-45 for a +11.5 rebound margin.
The Last Time Out
• Rodney Hood knocked down a pair of free throws with 3.8 seconds left to propel Duke to a 63-62 win over Clemson. On the ensuing Tiger possession, Tyler Thornton knocked the ball away from Clemson guard Rod Hall in the lane to help seal the victory.
• Hood closed the game with 17 points to go along with three rebounds, two assists and a steal.
• Jabari Parker scored a game-high 18 points, while Rasheed Sulaimon had 14 points in the win.
• Amile Jefferson pulled down 13 rebounds, including six offensive boards as Duke outrebounded the Tigers, 34-25. The Blue Devils recorded 14 offensive rebounds in the contest and totaled 13 second-chance points in the second half.
• Duke led by as many as 13 points in the second half before Clemson stormed back to take a 62-61 lead with 7.8 second remaining.
By The Numbers
• Duke has won at least one ACC Tournament game in 15 of the last 17 years. The Blue Devils are 37-6 with 10 league titles in that span.
• The Blue Devils are 6-4 on the season against teams currently ranked in the top 50 of the RPI. Four of Duke’s wins (Syracuse, Michigan, Virginia and North Carolina) were against top 20 teams in the RPI.
• Mike Krzyzewski is 46-12 all-time at the Greensboro Coliseum with a 26-8 mark in ACC Tournament play at the venue. Duke has won six ACC title (1986, 1988, 2003, 2006, 2010 and 2011) at the Greensboro Coliseum under Coach K.
• Duke has won 149 games this decade, tied with Ohio State and Syracuse for the second-most victories since the start of the 2009-10 season.
• Duke topped NC State 95-60 on Jan. 18 for its largest margin of victory in an ACC game this season. Jabari Parkerpaced the offense with 23 points while Duke forced 21 Wolfpack turnovers.
• The Blue Devils are averaging 15.6 offensive rebounds per game over the last four contests. Duke has outrebounded the opposition on the offensive glass 63-32 during that stretch with Amile Jefferson (17) and Jabari Parker (14) combining for 31 offensive boards.
• Jabari Parker has scored in double figures in 15 straight games and 30 times overall this season. Gene Banks (1978) and Luol Deng (2004) hold the Duke freshman record for double figure scoring games with 31 games with 10 or more points scored.
• Jabari Parker scored 18 points in Friday’s win over Clemson to run his season total to 613 points, third-most by a freshman in ACC history. Parker ranks fourth in league history in freshman scoring at 19.2 points per game.
• Rasheed Sulaimon has scored in double figures in four straight games and is averaging 13.3 points per game in that span. He has recorded 13 of his 17 double figure scoring games since the start of ACC play.
• Amile Jefferson is second on the team in rebounds (6.8 rpg.) and offensive rebounds (90). He has grabbed four or more offensive rebounds 11 times on the year.
• Jabari Parker is averaging 19.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game in Duke’s eight games played in front of more than 10,000 fans. Parker has scored 18 or more points in six of those games, including Friday’s quarterfinal win over Clemson.