Game Notes: vs. Butler, April 5, 9:21 PM, CBS
Game 40 l NCAA Tournament Championship Game
Duke (34-5, 13-3 ACC)
vs. Butler (33-4, 18-0 Horizon)
Monday, April 5 l 9:21 p.m. l CBS
Lucas Oil Stadium (71,300) l Indianapolis, Ind.
The Opening Tip
Duke (34-5, 13-3 ACC) plays Butler (33-4, 18-0 Horizon) in the national championship game of the NCAA Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on Monday, April 5, at 9:21 p.m. The game will air on CBS with Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg calling the action.
The Blue Devils enter the game ranked third in the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ polls, while Butler is ranked 11th in the AP poll and eighth in the Coaches’ poll.
How the Blue Devils Advanced
Duke reached the NCAA Tournament title game for the 10th time in school history with wins over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, California, Purdue, Baylor and West Virginia.
In Saturday’s 78-57 semifinal win over West Virginia, Jon Scheyer, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith combined for 63 points, 17 assists and 12 three-point field goals.
Smith is averaging 18.6 points per game in tournament play while shooting 45.5 percent (10-of-22) from three-point range. Singler is registering 17.8 points and 7.0 rebounds, while Scheyer is at 16.2 points per game through the first five contests. Senior Brian Zoubek has anchored the middle for the Blue Devils delivering 7.2 points and 10.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 71.4 percent (15-of-21) from the field.
Duke’s defense and rebounding have been outstanding in the tournament. The Blue Devils have limited the opposition to 56.4 points per game and 27.6 percent (21-of-76) shooting from three-point range. Duke has a +10.4 rebound margin in NCAA Tournament play and is averaging 14.8 offensive rebounds per contest.
- The Blue Devils are making their 10th NCAA Tournament championship game appearance. Duke has reached the title game in four of the last 12 seasons.
- Duke has reached the Final Four in six consecutive decades. The Blue Devils are 16-11 all-time in the Final Four.
- The Blue Devils are making their 10th NCAA Tournament championship game appearance, including the eighth under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Coach K's 11 Final Four victories are second in NCAA history.
- Duke earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time in school history. The Blue Devils are 42-8 all-time as a top seed and have earned a No. 1 seed in nine of the last 13 tournaments.
- Duke has won 12 straight neutral site games and is 20-1 at neutral sites over the last two seasons.
- The Blue Devils are the No. 1 seed in the South Region for the sixth time in program history. The Blue Devils are 18-5 when playing out of the South Region.
- Duke and head coach Mike Krzyzewski won their first NCAA Championship in Indianapolis in 1991.
- The Blue Devils have won an NCAA-best 64 games over the last two seasons, the fifth-best two-year win total in program history. The Blue Devils are 13-1 in postseason play (NCAA & ACC Tournament) over the last two seasons.
- Jon Scheyer, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith are attempting to become just the third trio in Duke history to each average over 17.0 points per game. Jim Spanarkel, Mike Gminski and Gene Banks accomplished the feat in 1977-78, while Jason Williams, Carlos Boozer and Mike Dunleavy did the same in 2001-02.
- Kyle Singler is 12 points shy of joining Jon Scheyer as a 700-point scorer this season. Jason Williams and Shane Battier (2000-01) are the only other Duke tandem to accomplish that feat.
- Brian Zoubek has started Duke’s last 15 games and is averaging 6.5 points and 10.1 rebounds per game in that span. He has grabbed 10 or more rebounds in eight of those contests, while scoring in double figures four times.
- Kyle Singler is averaging 19.9 points and 6.9 rebounds, while shooting 44.7 percent (21-of-47) from three-point range during Duke’s nine-game win streak. He has two double-doubles and has scored 20 or more points six times in that span.
- Nolan Smith is averaging 20.8 points while shooting 47.1 percent (32-of-68) from the field, including 50.0 percent (10-of-20) from three-point range, over the last four games.
- The Blue Devils have outrebounded eight of their last nine opponents and have a +7.6 rebound margin during their current nine-game win streak. Duke’s +6.4 rebound margin for the season is the second-best under Mike Krzyzewski.
- Duke is shooting 41.9 percent from three-point range in the NCAA Tournament. Jon Scheyer, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith have 36 three-point field goals combined.
Checking in on ...
- #2 Nolan Smith - +9.1 ppg. increase from a year ago is second-best in the ACC ... 60th player in Duke history to top 1,000 career point mark ... tied for fourth in the ACC with 16 games with 20+ points scored
- #5 Mason Plumlee - Second on the team with 21 dunks ... tied for first on the team with 30 blocks ... 5 or more rebounds in 10 games
- #12 Kyle Singler - Seven double-doubles and eight games with 10+ rebounds ... averaging 19.4 points per game while shooting 46.2 percent (48-of-104) from three-point range since the loss to Georgetown on Jan. 30 (18 games)
- #20 Andre Dawkins - Fourth on the team with 36 three-point field goals ... shooting 38.3 percent from three-point range
- #21 Miles Plumlee - Leads the team with 33 dunks ... second on the team in field goal percentage at .568 (83-of-146)
- #30 Jon Scheyer - Ranks in the top 10 of the ACC in scoring, free throw pct, three-point pct, assists, steals, three-point field goals, assist-to-turnover ratio and minutes ... consensus second team All-America ... tied for second in the ACC with 17 games with 20 or more points ... three-time ACC Player of the Week
- #34 Ryan Kelly - 14 blocked shots ... played in 35 of 39 games
- #42 Lance Thomas - Leads the team with 16 charges taken ... 5+ rebounds in 19 games ... ACC All-Defensive team member
- #55 Brian Zoubek - Four or more offensive rebounds 19 times ... averaging 16.8 rebounds per 40 minutes played ... 16-of-22 from the field in the last six games