DURHAM, N.C., Sporting Alert – No. 5 Duke returns to the court on Monday when it host Tennessee State at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Blue Devils (10-1) are hunting their ninth straight win, while aiming to improve to 7-0 at Cameron Indoor Stadium this season.
Tennessee State, meanwhile, is off to an 8-2 record for the second season in a row and will look to improve on its road record of 4-2.
It will also be the second clash against a top Atlantic Coast Conference ball club this season after losing to NC State two games ago.
The Tigers are 0-15 against current ACC teams.
Harry Giles To Feature?
Duke could hand freshman lottery pick Harry Giles his debut on Monday after he missed the team’s opening 11 games to start the campaign.
He is also in line to play against Elon on Wednesday night before the start of ACC league play.
However, if coach Mike Krzyzewski decides to hold out his star forward for another week, he will not be short of options.
Luke Kennard leads the Blue Devils in scoring with 20 points per game and the sophomore guard, who is also dishing out 6.1 assists, leads five players averaging double figures in scoring.
Kennard, who has scored at least 20 points in three of the last four games, ranks third in the ACC in scoring behind Pitts pair Michael Young (22) and Jamel Artis (20.10).
Junior guard Grayson Allen is averaging 17.7 points and 4.8 rebounds, with senior Amile Jefferson tallying a double-double with 15.1 points and 10.5 rebounds through 11 games.
Jefferson has six double-doubles this season, which is ranked eighth in the country, and ranks eighth in the nation in field goal percentage with 67.3.
Freshman Jayson Tatum, who has played three games thus far, is putting up 15 points and seven rebounds and fellow freshman point guard Frank Jackson is scoring 13.5 per contest for the Blue Devils.
Duke Best In The Country?
“I think they (Duke) are the best team in America. Definitely the best coach in America,” said Tennessee State coach Dana Ford on www.tsutigers.com.
“Very talented and they do a tremendous job at Duke. Everything is first class. They’re champions,” he added.
The Tigers are being led by Wayne Martin, who is getting 12.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per outing.
Tahjere McCall producing 12.1 points, 5.6 boards and 4.6 assist for Tennessee State, which is allowing 64.2 points per game, which is ranked inside the top 50 this season.
“We are just very appreciative, our entire university, our program and our alums, that we are going to have the opportunity to play at Cameron Indoor Stadium against a first-class program,” Ford said.