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Duke 57, Delaware State 46

Posted Saturday, March 19, 2005

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* With its 57-46 victory over Delaware State in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament, Duke improves to 26-5 on the season. It was the first match-up between the Blue Devils and Hornets, and Duke also improves to 18-0 over teams from the MEAC. Counting the Hornets, Duke improved to 10-2 over teams in the 2005 NCAA Tournament.

* Duke advanced in the NCAA Tournament for the eighth straight season. All-time, Duke is 21-2 in NCAA Tournament first round games and 19-1 under coach Mike Krzyzewski. Duke received first round byes in 1963, 1964, 1966, 1979, 1980 and 1984.

* Duke earned its ninth No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and improves to 34-6 as a No. 1 seed. Duke won the 1992 and 2001 National Championships as a No. 1 seed.

* With the win over Delaware State, head coach Mike Krzyzewski moves into a tie with North Carolina's Dean Smith as the all-time winningest coach in the NCAA Tournament. With 65 wins in NCAA Tournament action, Krzyzewski has 21 more wins than any other active coach. Bob Knight with Indiana and Texas Tech has 44 including his first round win, followed by Lute Olson (43), Jim Boeheim (40), Jim Calhoun (36), Eddie Sutton (36) and Roy Williams (36). Krzyzewski has all of his wins since 1985, and in that time frame, he has 29 more victories than the closest competitors, who are Roy Williams (36) and Lute Olson (36).

* Krzyzewski's 65-17 mark in the NCAA Tournament gives him a .793 winning percentage, second all time to John Wooden (47-10, .825).

* Duke advanced to face the winner of Mississippi State and Stanford. Duke has a 0-2 record all-time vs. both schools. Duke played Mississippi State during the 1937-38 and 1938-39 seasons, falling in close games both times. On Jan. 12, 1937, Duke lost 33-29 and then fell again on Jan. 3, 1938 by a score of 25-23. Duke has also been on the short side of two one-point losses to the Cardinal. On Nov. 11, 1999, Duke lost 80-79 and then fell 84-83 on Dec. 21, 2000. The loss in 2000-01 was just one of four Duke suffered in its last National Championship season.

* The victory over Delaware State gives Mike Krzyzewski 720 career wins and moves him out of a tie with Don Haskins and into 16th place on the all-time wins list by himself. Ray Meyer and John Cheney are next on the list with 724 wins each.

* Krzyzewski's 720 wins are the most in the first 30 seasons in a coaching career. In each of their first 30 seasons, Dean Smith compiled 717 wins, Jerry Tarkanian 710, Lute Olson 690 and John Cheney 675.

* Duke's defense held Delaware State to just 46 points, tied for the second-lowest total by a Duke opponent in 2004-05. Duke defeated UNC-Greensboro 98-44 on Nov. 27 and Tennessee-Martin 88-46 on Nov. 20.

* In its last eight games, Duke has held its opponent under 70 points seven times. In those games, Duke has held its opponent to an average of 59.8 points per game and its opponents have combined to shoot just 27-of-107 (.252) from behind the three-point arc.

* Duke improves to 82-25 in NCAA Tournament action, meaning they have won an NCAA-best .757 of their tournament games. Both the 82 victories and 107 games ranks fourth all-time.

* The game against Delaware State marked the first time all 14 players were available to play for Mike Krzyzewski since the Oklahoma game on Dec. 18 in New York City, exactly three months ago. Duke has only used all 14 players in a game just once all year -- in a 98-44 win over UNC-Greensboro in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Nov. 27 in the third game of the season.

* After improving to 26-5 on the season, Duke has now won 26 or more games eight straight seasons and 15 times under Coach K. In its 100 year history, Duke has won 20 or more games 40 times, including 20 times under Krzyzewski.

* The Delaware State game marked the 21st game and 17th victory for Duke since the 2000 Tournament. The 17 victories are the most by any program and the 21 games ties Kansas for the most games played. Duke is 17-4 in that time span, followed by Kansas (15-5), Maryland (14-4), Michigan State (13-4), Arizona (12-5), UConn (13-3), Syracuse (11-4), Illinois (10-5), Kentucky (10-5), Texas (9-6), Oklahoma State (9-5) and Wisconsin (9-5). All records are updated through the first round except for Kansas and Michigan State, who are in action Friday night.

* Duke has now won 15 straight games in the Charlotte Coliseum and 18 of its past 21 dating back to 1993-94, including regular season, ACC Tournament and NCAA Tournament games. Duke's last loss in the Coliseum came March 16, 1997, in a second-round NCAA Tournament game against Providence by a score of 98-87.

* Win the win over Delaware State, Duke is now 178-31 since the 1999-2000 season and the 178 victories are the most by any team this century. Kansas (160 wins and playing later Friday night) is the next closest team.

* Duke's 21 points in the second half are a season low while Delaware State's 18 points are a Duke opponent low for 2004-05. Delaware State's three free throws made is a Duke opponent low while their six free throw attempts ties the low mark for a Duke opponent this year.

* Duke's five offensive rebounds are a season low.

* Sean Dockery played in and started his first game since injuring his right knee on Feb. 23 at Georgia Tech. He hit 2-of-4 three pointers against Delaware State, marking the eighth game this season he has hit two or more three-pointers. He is now 23-of-53 (.434) from behind the three-point arc this season.

* Shelden Williams had 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks against Delaware State, marking the 29th game this season and 66th of his career he has reached double figures in scoring, the 21st time this season and 42nd of his career he's had 10-plus rebounds and he also has an ACC-leading 19 double-doubles this season and 37 in his career.

* Williams four blocks against the Hornest give him 63 in the last 16 games, an average of 3.94 per game. He has blocked three or more shots in 12 of his last 14 games and also has a Duke record and ACC-leading 117 blocks this season.

* Williams 11 rebounds gives him 346 on the season and moved him past Christian Laettner's 1990-91 total of 340 and into ninth place on the Duke season chart. Immediately ahead is Ronnie Mayer, who had 348 rebounds in 1954-55.

* Daniel Ewing scored 12 points against Delaware State, marking the 27th game of the season and 86th in his career he has scored 10 or more points. He also had a season-high tying six rebounds along with three assists and three steals against the Hornets while playing all 40 minutes.

* Delaware State was on fire from the field in the first half, shooint 13-of-24 for a .542 average. After shooting just 6-of-28 (.214) in the second half, the Hornets total of 19-of-52 gave them a .365 shooting percentage. Only one Duke opponent has shot .500 or better in 2004-05 and in 17 of 31 games, Duke opponents have shot .400 or less.

* Duke improves to 117-43 (.731) in March under Mike Krzyzewski.

* Duke now has 1,763 all time wins.

* Duke has won 192 of its last 206 games vs. unranked opponents. Additionally, Duke has won 96 of its last 101 games against unranked, non-conference opponents and has won 102 of its last 114 games vs. unranked opponents on the road or on a neutral court.

* Overall away from home, Duke has won 136 of its last 167 games.

* Under coach Mike Krzyzewski, Duke is 357-56 vs. non-conference opponents, including a 12-0 mark in 2004-05. Coach K's teams are 122-34 on a neutral court vs. non-conference opponents, including a 4-0 mark this year, and when counting ACC foes, Duke is 165-51 on a neutral floor, including a perfect 7-0 mark this season.

* As the No. 3 ranked team in the AP poll, Duke is now 94-19 all time, inclufing a 7-2 mark in the NCAA Tournament.

* Duke has been ranked the AP poll in 318 consecutive games dating back to close of 1995-96 season.

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Duke 57, Delaware State 46
Coach K chalked up his 65th career victory in the tournament, tying legendary UNC coach Dean Smith.
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