No. 8 Duke opens the Phil Knight Legacy on Thursday afternoon, battling Oregon State at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, OR. The Blue Devils are five years removed from winning the inaugural Phil Knight event in Portland — the PK80 — beating Portland State, Texas and Florida to claim the title.
As of Nov. 22, Duke is 10th nationally in scoring defense (53.2), third in rebound margin (+17.8), ninth in rebounding (45.2) and fifth nationally in offensive rebounds (16.8). Duke has opened the season with a double-digit advantage in rebound margin in each of its first five games –- matching the program record for longest such stretch (at any point in season). It happened previously in 2017-18, 1998-98, in 1962-63 and 1960-61. Through the first five games, Duke has an 84-38 advantage in offensive rebounds and is +69 (97-28) in second-chance point scoring.
The ACC Rookie of the Week in each of the season’s first two weeks, Kyle Filipowski (right) is Duke’s leading scorer (15.6) and rebounder (10.4). After becoming the first Duke freshman all-time with three consecutive double-doubles to open a career, he enters the Phil Knight Legacy with consecutive games of 18 points and eight rebounds. Filipowski is third nationally in double-doubles (three) and 11th in total rebounds (52). In total, Duke has 11 newcomers on the roster — seven freshmen — all recruited and signed by Scheyer which comprise the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class, and four graduate transfers. Two of the newcomers — Dereck Lively II and Dariq Whitehead — have returned from preseason injuries that held them out for significant time. Lively (calf) returned four games ago and is 7-of-10 from the field, while Whitehead (foot fracture) made his debut vs. Delaware.
Following Thursday’s game, Duke will face either Florida or Xavier on Friday, with a match-up on Sunday against Gonzaga, Portland State, Purdue or West Virginia.