Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Duke Athletics Game Notes for Cornell

Duke vs. Cornell
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • 7:02 p.m. • ESPNU
Durham, N.C. • Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)

Play-by-Play: Tom Hart
Analyst: Doris Burke

Blue Devil IMG Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Bob Harris
Analyst: John Roth
Sirius - 134; XM – 193

The Opening Tip
• Duke is 9-0 on the year and looking to open the season with 10 straight wins for the 14th time under Mike Krzyzewski.
• The Blue Devils are ranked No. 1 in both the AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll. Duke has been ranked No. 1 in 11 of the past 16 seasons.
• Duke has been ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll 123 weeks overall, including 105 weeks under Coach K.
• Duke is 207-31 all-time when ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll. Krzyzewski is second in NCAA history with with 183 wins and 209 games at the helm of the top-ranked team in the AP Poll.
• The Blue Devils are seeking the 40th 10-game win streak in program history. Coach K-led teams have won 10 or more consecutive games in a season 25 times at Duke.
Mason Plumlee is the only player in the NCAA averaging over 19.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. He is tied for 38th in scoring (19.2 ppg.) and ranks sixth in rebounds (11.3 rpg.).

The Last Time Out
• Duke posted a 90-67 win over previously undefeated Temple on Saturday, Dec. 8.
• Senior Seth Curry scored a game-high 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. He also knocked down 5-of-9 three-point attempts and made all four free throws.
Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly each registered double-doubles against the Owls. Plumlee finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Kelly added 14 points and 10 boards.
Quinn Cook continued his steady play at the point with 14 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. He was 3-of-4 from three-point range, as Duke went 12-of-20 as a team from deep in the contest.
• Duke recorded 19 assists with just six turnovers in the win. Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon had a season-high seven assists with no turnovers.

Duke-Cornell Series History
• Duke and Cornell have met four previous times with the first meeting between the two schools coming on Nov. 30,1974.
• The Blue Devils lead the all-time series, 4-0, including a 3-0 mark under Mike Krzyzewski. All four games in the series have been played at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• Duke has won three of the four games in the series by 25 or more points. The Blue Devils have a +28.3 margin of victory in the series.
• Duke won the last meeting, 81-67, on Jan. 6, 2008 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Duke vs. the Ivy League
• Duke is 50-9 all-time against Ivy League teams.
Mike Krzyzewski is 23-1 at Duke against the Ivy League.
• Duke and Coach K have won 23 consecutive games against Ivy League opponents dating back to a 72-55 decision against Princeton on Dec. 12, 1981.

Numbers Game
• Duke, ranked No. 1 in the latest AP Poll, has been ranked in the top 10 of the poll 100 consecutive weeks. The last time Duke was not ranked in the top 10 was Nov. 19, 2007. 
• Under Coach K, Duke has played more games as a No. 1 team (209 entering Wednesday’s contest) than it has as an unranked team (141).
• Duke has been ranked No. 1 in either the AP or Coaches Polls in 18 of the past 28 seasons.
• The Blue Devils are playing their 186th straight game as a top-10 team in the AP poll. Duke is 155-30 in that span.
• Duke has won an NCAA-best 98 straight non-conference home games. The last home loss against a non-conference opponent for the Blue Devils was Feb. 26, 2000 against St. John’s, 83-82.
• The Blue Devils have won 45 of their last 50 non-conference contests. Duke is 77-9 in non-league games since the start of the 2008-09 season.
• Duke has won 17 straight games in the month of December with 13 of the victories coming by 20 or more points.
• Duke’s starting lineup has accounted for 87.8 percent of the team’s total scoring this season with 632 of Duke’s 720 points through eight games. The starters have accounted for 38 of Duke’s 40 double-figures scoring games on the year.
Quinn Cook is averaging 11.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game since joining the starting lineup seven games ago. He has four double-figure scoring games and five games with five or more assists in that span.
Ryan Kelly is averaging 15.3 points and 5.5 rebounds over the last four games. He is also 6-of-12 from three-point range and 15-of-18 from the free throw line during that stretch.
Mason Plumlee has scored 16 or more points in all nine games this season and ranks second in the ACC in scoring (19.1 ppg.). He also leads the league in rebounding (11.3 rpg.). Plumlee is attempting to become just the third player in ACC history (joining Ralph Sampson and Tim Duncan) to average 19.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.
• Duke is averaging 89.0 points per game, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field in the month of December. The Blue Devils have assisted on 42 of their 63 field goals this month.


Anonymous said...

Did Devin Cherry go to HS with Duke's Rodney Hood? They are both sophomores from Meridian, MS.

Anonymous said...

So on Twitter, your excuse for Cornell clawing back but being unable to get over the hump was because they'd been on a 16-day lay-off? Are you kidding? Is this the excuse EVERY OTHER TIME THEY'VE DONE THIS, which has been A LOT of times? At home against ... I can't remember who but they did it at home earlier this year and Brian Delaney was like "this team always does this". On the road? Wasn't this the story at Maryland last year, despite having had three games the week before? Getting into a big hole and clawing back only to run out of gas is the story of their lives; everyone knows this. Blaming it on a layoff is rich. This habit you have of finding excuses for everything, I have no idea what purpose you think it serves.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Yes, Devin and Rodney were stars of state championship team.

Anonymous said...

I'm still baffled by Cornell's offensive scheme more than a month into the season. In general:

- Too many quick threes from a team that doesn't shoot particularly well. Some of those were wide open shots, which I can live with; others would have been mocked in a pickup game, let alone a Division I game. This team has to be more disciplined with its shot selection.

- Minimal attempts to establish an inside game, even against a smallish Vanderbilt team. When they did go inside, Eitan and Shonn were fairly successful. They'll need to establish a strong inside presence in Ivy play, especially against a small team like Harvard.

- Not nearly enough cutting even though they're purportedly running a dribble drive offense. Did you see how often the team would just stand around and pass the ball around the perimeter once Vandy went to a zone? Cherry seems like the only guy on this team who can create his own shot off the dribble. He needs to be on the court more.

This team's continued offensive struggles make a league title seem less likely. I still have faith that it could happen, but there needs to be a significant change in how this team executes.

Anonymous said...

Not only were D. Cherry and R. Hood State Champions their senior year but state runner ups their junior year of high school. Cherry is an exceptional talent who needs to b given more opportunity ie playing time. Seems when he get 20 mins or more he produces so much more. After 10 games he still leads BigRed in scoring in points per min. and we need offensive production. His ability to break a defense down and get to the basket where higher percentage opportunities r available is what BigRed needs. Whether an assist or an attempt at the basket beats endless three point shots which fall few and far between.

Anonymous said...

Alex Schwartz just sent a retweet that Tim Higgins is going to MIT.

Unknown said...

Anon 3:05: Dang. Someone has to be the homer. He is the editor of the CBB. But I do agree with you (didn't see game, just followed stat line) that it appeared like this was a carbon copy of many past performances, and yet another nail in the coffin of Courtney's coaching style/prowess.

Why were they hoisting those 3's when they got within 2 and the big man was out? There couldn't be a worse style to play against Duke. Could be comical.

On a different note, just saw this about Foote's team: http://www.lithuaniabasketball.com/news-1035-romanov-asking-fans-to-save-zalgiris.html

Team owner is broke.

Get it in cash Jeff! Now wonder Wittman went into real estate.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Tim Higgins' decision came down to academic programs.

Not all of the Cornell athletes can get admitted into the selective Dyson School of Business, School of Engineering, or Arts and Sciences. Some have to major in Ag Life Sciences general major programs like Communication, Sociology, Biology etc. Tim chose to pursue undergrad business/economics as a major and MIT was able to offer it to him. Cornell could not offer Tim's choice academic program.

Kudos for him in finding his academic program of choice.

As for Cornell, the Big Red will remain selective. They will not add bodies to the roster just for the sake of adding bodies. They only want guys that can help--- like a Shonn Miller, a Bunce, a Cressler etc.

David Onuorah is a stud athlete like Miller. Cornell fans should be excited to have him on board.

Anonymous said...

Despite all the talk about game-changers attending homecoming, we've got zilch to show for it so far. We know Jacobs decided on USC. Any others? Are these alleged game-changers still in play?

Anonymous said...

I think Cornell's habit of clawing out of a deep hole only to not get over the hump is a combination of psychology & poor coaching. After Cornell makes one of these runs, I always see several things: Courtney incomprehensibly subs out the guys who were on a roll, the opponent changes their defensive scheme and Courtney had no clue how to respond, or the players start getting nervous at the prospect of actually pulling ahead and start having turnovers or shooting quickly.

Many bad teams are guilty of that last thing. A couple of days ago I was watching Dartmouth vs. ASU. I thought they were doing even better than us. But when they pulled within 7 late in the second half, they literally threw the ball into an ASU player's hands on the next two possessions. It was like the thought of actually being competitive late in the game was totally freaking them out.

Anonymous said...

Part of the issue is personnel. Miles is an excellent on ball defender and a good ball handler. However, his passing is mediocre and the kid just can't shoot. Basically when he is out there you just play off of him and bear down on the other 4.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Higgins to MIT. Ya, a 6-10 talent wouldn't have helped us at all...

BTW- It is not our lack of talent that has us all worried, it's the use of the talent.

Anonymous said...

Somewhere in here, with the season already one-third gone, Bunce is going to have to decide whether it would be better to sit out the year.

Any word on that possibility?

If that knee really does need a year to heal, more power to the young man. Many programs have lost good kids by turning healable injuries into chronic injuries by bringing them back too quickly.