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Notes on Duke's 70-54 win over Southern

Posted Friday, March 17, 2006

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Greensboro, NC - The Duke Blue Devils defeated Southern University 70-54 on Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Sheldon Williams finished with 29 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks. J.J. Redick had 29 points and made five 3-pointers. The rest of the team was 2-for-12 from the field.

  • With its 70-54 win over Southern, Duke will face No. 8 seed and No. 14 ranked George Washington in the second round Saturday at 1:10 p.m. ET on CBS. Duke and George Washington have split equally the 26 games in the series history but the two have played just one game since 1956, a 103-73 win on Dec. 6, 1994, in Durham, N.C.
  • Duke and George Washington were both in the Southern Conference together from 1941-42 through 1952-53. After Duke became a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the two schools continued to play each other for three years.
  • Duke and George Washington have faced each other twice in the post season. On March 6, 1943, in the Southern Conference Tournament, Duke lost 56-40 in Raleigh, N.C., behind 13 points from Cedric Loftus. On March 4, 1948, Carl Sapp paced Duke with 14 points in a 54-51 win in Durham, N.C., again in the Southern Conference Tournament.
  • Duke is 6-0 all-time against teams from the Atlantic-10 in the NCAA Tournament and 70-27 overall, including a 74-66 win at Temple on February 25, 2006. Duke’s last game against an A-10 team in the NCAA Tournament, Duke defeated Xavier 66-63 on March 28, 2004, in Atlanta, Ga., in the Elite Eight to earn the program’s 14th and most recent Final Four appearance.
  • Duke is appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the record 10th time (tied with North Carolina) as a No. 1 seed. Duke is 36-7 as the No. 1 seed winning the National Championship as the top seed in 1992 and 2001. Duke is 10-0 as the No. 1 seed against the No. 16 seed.
  • Duke has now faced a SWAC team in the first round four times and Duke was a No. 1 seed three times. In 1986, Duke survived a close game with Mississippi Valley State 85-78 while in 1994 as the No. 2 seed, Duke defeated No. 15 Texas Southern 82-70. Coach Rod Spivery coached the SWAC team in the other two games first with Alabama State in 2004 (a 96-61 win for Duke) and Thursday with Southern (a 70-54 Duke victory).
  • With its 70-54 against Southern in the 2006 NCAA Tournament first round, Duke is...
    • 84-26 all-time in the NCAA Tournament
    • 67-18 under Coach K in the NCAA Tournament. Coach K’s win total is the highest in NCAA Tournament history while his winning percentage is the highest of any active coach.
    • Duke is 22-2 in NCAA Tournament first round action.
    • Duke is 10-0 as the No. 1 seed against the No. 16 seed.
    • Duke is 9-0 in the NCAA Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum
  • Redick & Williams have 115 career victories, tied for 12th in ACC and Duke history with UNC’s Sam Perkins and Duke’s Bobby Hurley and Daniel Ewing. Tied for sixth on both lists are Duke’s Chris Carrawell, Thomas Hill, Brian Davis and Greg Koubek with 116.
  • J.J. Redick scored 29 points on 10-of-20 shooting from the field, 5-of-10 from behind the arc and 4-of-4 from the field. He also had four assists, a pair of rebounds and on steal in 35 minutes of action.
    • Redick recorded his Duke record 69th career 20 point game and his 27th this season. The 27 games this season is the second most in Duke history behind Dick Groat’s 28 such games in 1951. Redick has hit the 20 point plateau in four straight games and 21 of the last 23 games this season.
    • Redick became just the second player in school history to record 120 career double-figure scoring games. He is second at Duke behind associate coach Johnny Dawkins total of 129. Additionally, Redick has reached double figures in all 34 games this season, an ACC-leading 36 straight and in 67 of the last 69 games dating back to his sophomore season.
    • Redick recorded his 31st career game with five or more three-pointers, including 11 this season.
    • Redick now has 2,738 career points as Duke’s and the ACC’s career scoring leader. That mark is 17th in NCAA history as he passed USC and Loyola Marymount’s Hank Gathers, who recorded 2,723 in his career. Next on the list in 16th place is Tennessee’s Allan Houston with 2,801.
    • Redick now has 933 points this season, setting the season scoring mark at the ACC Tournament last weekend. Redick moved from fourth to second on the ACC season scoring chart passing South Carolina’s Grady Wallace (906) and Wake Forest’s Len Chappell (932). The record is held by Georgia Tech’s Dennis Scott with 970.
    • Redick has now hit 132 three-pointers this season, tying Jason Williams for the Duke record and second most in ACC history. Additionally, the 132 triples is tied for 12th most in NCAA history with Williams and Mississippi Valley State’s Timothy Pollard. On the ACC chart, only Denis Scott had more with 137 in 1990.
    • Redick became the fifth Blue Devil to record 400 or more points in a postseason career. He now has 427 points in his postseason career (ACC & NCAA Tournament action), third most in Duke history. Shane Battier scored 429 and Christian Laettner scored 598 points.
    • Redick improved his NCAA Tournament career free throw percentage to .950 (38-of-40).
  • Shelden Williams scored 29 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, both marks just one off his career highs. He shot 12-of-17 from the field and 5-of-8 from the free throw line while adding four blocks and one steal in 36 minutes.
    • Williams recorded his 30th career game with 20 points and his 17th of the season including four in the last seven games.
    • Williams became the 11th player in Duke history to record 100 career double-figure scoring games. In 10th place on the Duke chart is Jim Spanarkel, who had 103 such games. Williams has 32 games this season and 16 consecutive in double-figures.
    • Williams recorded double-figures in rebounds 62 times, tied with Randy Denton for the second most in school history. Mike Gminski is Duke’s career leader with 67 games. Williams also has 20 games this season and has recorded double-figures in 18 of Duke’s last 24 games.
    • Williams now has 57 career double-doubles and 19 this season and seven in the last nine games. His 57 career double-doubles is third at Duke, just one behind Randy Denton and second place with 58.
    • Williams now has 1,235 career rebounds and continues to rank second at Duke and seventh in ACC history. Williams is just eight rebounds away from the Duke career record held by Mike Gminski (1,242). Gminski is also sixth on the ACC career chart.
    • Williams now has 411 career blocks as Duke’s all-time leader and fifth in ACC history. He passed Vermont’s Kevin Roberson (409) and moved into 16th place in NCAA history. LSU’s Shaquille O’Neal is 15th on the chart with 412 career blocks.
    • Williams now has 126 blocks this season breaking a tie with his total from 2004-05 and setting a new Duke record.
    • Williams now has 357 rebounds this season and moved into the Top 10 in Duke history. He passed Christian Laettner (1991, 340) and Ronnie Mayer (1955, 348) and is currently in nine place on Duke’s season chart. Randy Denton’s 1969 total of 358 ranks eighth on the list.
    • Williams now has 227 rebounds in his postseason career, second most at Duke behind Christian Laettner’s total of 248.
    • Williams now has 30 blocks in his NCAA Tournament career, second most at Duke behind Shane Battier (42).
  • J.J. Redick (29) and Shelden Williams (29) both combined to score over 20 points for the 18th time together in their careers. That mark ties the third highest mark in school history with Johnny Dawkins and Mark Alarie. Art Heyman and Jeff Mullins combined to accomplisth the feat 23 times while Mike Gminski and Jim Spanarkel accomplished it 24 times. Southern marked the 14th time this season they have both scored 20 or more points.
  • Redick and Williams combined to score 58 of Duke’s 70 points, or 82.9 percent.
  • Josh McRoberts scored eight points on 2-of-3 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line and added four rebounds and a career-high four blocks against Southern.
  • Greg Paulus recorded eight assists and four steals. Paulus now has 13 steals this postseason (ACC & NCAA Tournament’s combined), including nine in the past two games (five vs. Boston College in the ACC Championship game, four vs. Southern in the NCAA Tournament first round).
  • Duke’s 11 personal fouls ties the season low (at Boston College, Feb. 1)
  • Duke is now 188-27 as No. 1 team, including 163-22 under Coach K. Krzyzewski’s 186 games as No. 1 team in the AP poll is second most all-time to John Wooden (228). Overall, Duke is 857-215 in program history.
  • Duke is 113-14 vs. unranked foes on road/neutral sites since 1997-98. Overall, Krzyzewski is 527-86 vs. unranked teams, including a 214-16 mark since 1997-98. Duke is 108-6 vs. unranked non-conference teams since 1997-98.
  • Duke improves to 158-34 outside of Cameron since 1997-98, including 86-14 on a neutral court and a 7-0 neutral court mark this season.
  • Duke now has 210 wins this decade 22 more than any other school (Illinois and Gonzaga with 188 through Thursday’s games)
  • In its 101st season of playing intercollegiate basketball, Duke now has an all-time record of 1,795-810, the fourth highest win total in the NCAA.
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