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Notes from the Duke Blue Devils win over Binghamton, 86-62

Posted Friday, March 20, 2009

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Greensboro, NC - No. 6-ranked Duke defeated Binghamton 86-62 on Thursday, March 18, 2009, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. The Blue Devils improve to 29-6 on the season and will advance to the second round where they will take on Texas on Saturday at 8:15 p.m.

A Winning Tradition
• Duke has now won 1,876 games all-time, the fourth-highest victory total in NCAA history. The Blue Devils have an all-time record of 1,876-814, including 759-213 under Coach K.
• The Blue Devils have won a NCAA record 290 games this decade, the most wins in a decade by the program. The previous NCAA record for wins in a decade was 286 by Kansas (286-60 from 1990-99).
• Duke is now 935-237 all-time as a ranked team, including 793-180 as a Top 10 team.
• The Blue Devils have won 25 or more games 22 times in school history with 18 of those coming under Coach K. Duke has won 20 or more games 44 times.

Duke In The NCAA Tournament
• Duke is making its 33rd NCAA Tournament appearance, including its 14th straight.
• is now 87-29 (.750) all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The .750 winning percentage is the top winning percentage all-time in Division I. The 87 victories are the fourth most.
• Coach K has an all-time record of 70-21 in the NCAA Tournament.
• The Blue Devils are 22-6 all-time as a No. 2 seed in the tournament and 7-0 when playing a No. 15 seed.
• Duke has now played 69 games in the East Region and hold a 54-14 record out of the East.
• The Blue Devils are 29-4 all-time when playing NCAA Tournament games in the state of North Carolina, including a 11-0 record at the Greensboro Coliseum. Duke has won nine straight games in its home state.
• Duke had only faced one America East Conference opponent in its NCAA Tournament history prior to Thursday. They defeated Boston University 85-69 in the first round of the 1988 NCAA Tournament in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Blue Devils advanced to the Final Four that season before losing to Kansas (66-59).

Duke vs. Binghamton Series
• Duke and Binghamton met for the first time on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
• The Blue Devils have an all-time record of 11-0 against opponents currently in the America East Conference. The last time they had played an America East team prior to today was on Dec. 17, 2007 when they defeated Albany 111-70 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham.

Duke In March
• Duke improved to 5-1 in the month of March during the 2008-09 season. They now have a 132-54 all-time record in the month of March under Coach K.
• When playing on March 18, Duke is now 8-3 all-time, including an 8-1 record under Coach K. They have won their last eight games on this date.

Krzyzewski Climbs Victory Ladder
• Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski earned his 832nd victory as a head coach on Thursday. He ranks fourth all-time in NCAA Division I history for career victories. He is first among active coaches.
• Krzyzewski is now 44 victories shy of Adolph Rupp for third all-time.
• Coach K now has 759 wins as the head coach at Duke, moving him into a tie for fifth all-time in NCAA Division I history for victories at one school with Western Kentucky’s Ed Diddle. Krzyzewski is second among active coaches (Jim Boeheim, Syracuse – 797).
• Krzyzewski’s 832 victories are the most by a head coach through 34 years of coaching. Krzyzewski passed Dean Smith of North Carolina who won 830 games in his first 34 seasons.

1,000 Career Points
• There have been 59 players in Duke history to score over 1,000 career points. The total for the Blue Devils is tied for the second most in Division I with Louisville. The only school with more 1,000-point scorers is North Carolina (62).
• Duke now has four current players with over 1,000 career points. It is only the second time in school history the Blue Devils have had four active players with 1,000 career points. The only previous team with four players over 1,000 career points was in 1985-86 with Johnny Dawkins, Mark Alarie, David Henderson and Jay Bilas. The four current players who have scored at least 1,000 points in their career are Jon Scheyer (34th, 1,323), Gerald Henderson 40th (1,231), Greg Paulus (41st, 1,190) and Kyle Singler (T-54th, 1,028).

Offensive Notes
• Duke scored 86 points and is now 12-1 this season when scoring at least 80 points. The Blue Devils are 470-46 all-time under Coach K when scoring 80 or more points.
• Six Duke players scored in double figures. It is just the second time this season that the Blue Devils had five players score 10 or more points. The only previous time was against UNC Asheville on Dec. 17 when six players reached double figures in scoring.
• Duke started the second half on a 17-2 run, stretching their lead to 26 points at 62-36. Binghamton scored their first points of the second half at the 13:56 mark.
• The Blue Devils shot 50 percent in the second half, making 14-of-28 from the field. The Blue Devils were 7-of-12 (.583) from behind the three-point line. They have shot over 50 percent in a half 23 times this year, with 13 of those coming in the second half.
• Duke made 21-of-25 (.840) from the free throw line. It is the 11th game this year they have shot over 80 percent from the foul line. They have made at least 20 free throws in 12 games.
• The Blue Devils recorded 21 assists on 28 made field goals. It marks the sixth game this year with at least 20 assists. The last was against Maryland at home on Jan. 24.
• Duke outrebounded Binghamton 38-20, the 19th time they have outrebounded the opposition. The Blue Devils pulled down 17 offensive rebounds and have 14 games with 15 or more offensive rebounds.

Defensive Notes
• Duke limited Binghamton to 62 points, marking the fourth straight game they have allowed fewer than 70 points. The Blue Devils have held an opponent to under 70 points in 24 of the 35 games this season.
• The Blue Devils held the Bearcats without a made field goal for the first six minutes of the second half. Binghamton shot 1-of-6 (.167) with three turnovers in the first six minutes of the second half.
• The Bearcats made just 1-of-5 from the free throw line. It is the fewest number of free throws made and attempted by a Duke opponent this season. The previous low was six made on three occasions and nine attempts by Maryland on March 14.

Duke Player Notes:

Gerald Henderson
• Junior Gerald Henderson scored 13 points and now has 30 double figure scoring games this season and 62 in his career.
• Henderson recorded at least one point, rebound, assist, blocked shot and steal for the 13th game this season.
• Henderson made a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line, the most attempts without a miss this season. He has been 4-of-4 in six games this year.
• Finished with six rebounds in the game and has recorded at least five boards in 18 contests this year.
• With three assists Henderson has recorded 19 games with at least three assists this season.

Greg Paulus
• Senior Greg Paulus tied Associate Head Coach Chris Collins for eighth on Duke’s career three-point field goals made list when he made his 209th career trey in the second half.
• Paulus recorded three assists for the seventh time this year and now has 84 career games with three or more assists.

Jon Scheyer
• Junior Jon Scheyer extended his streak to 10 straight games with 10 or more points after scoring 15 points against Binghamton. He has reached double figures in scoring in 28 games on the season and in 74 career outings.
• Scheyer had four assists to give him 19 games this season with three or more assists.

Kyle Singler
• Sophomore Kyle Singler scored 10 points to give him a team-high 32 games with 10 or more points on the year. He has reached double figures in scoring in 13 straight games.
• Singler pulled down nine rebounds and now has eight or more rebounds in 18 games.

Nolan Smith
• Sophomore Nolan Smith reached double figures in scoring for the 16th time this year and 22nd time in his career.
• Smith had three assists to give him three or more assists in 10 games on the season and in 18 career games.
• Smith tallied just his second blocked shot of the season and seventh of his career. He also had a blocked shot at Wake Forest earlier this year.

Lance Thomas
• Junior Lance Thomas scored 14 points for his sixth double figure scoring game of the year and 13th of his career. His last double digit scoring game was at Boston College on Feb. 15 when he recorded 12 points.
• Thomas was a perfect 5-of-5 from the field and improved his team-high field goal percentage to .625 (70-of-112). He has five games this season with three or more attempts and no misses.
• Thomas also had five rebounds and has recorded five or more boards in 11 games this season.

Elliot Williams
• Freshman Elliot Williams scored 11 points to give him five games with 10 or more points this season.
• Williams set a season-high with four assists. His previous high was three assists in three games on the year.

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