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No. 16 Duke, 12th-Ranked Virginia Tech to Clash Thursday Night

No. 16 Duke, 12th-Ranked Virginia Tech to Clash Thursday Night


THE OPENING TIP

  • Fresh off a 62-50 win over Syracuse on Sunday, No. 16 Duke wraps a brief two-game homestand with another top-20 matchup, hosting No. 12/ 10 Virginia Tech on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m., live on ACC Network.
  • Pam Ward and Brooke Weisbrod will call the action on ACC Network while Chris Edwards calls the game on the radio on the Blue Devil Sports Network from Learfield.
  • Duke checks in at No. 16 in both the Week 11 Associated Press (AP) and USA Today Coaches Polls.
  • In the latest NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) rankings, the Blue Devils are slotted eighth (as of Jan. 25).
  • Defense has been the calling card for the Blue Devils this season as the team has won each of its games by an average of 21.8 points and held each of its opponents below their season scoring average, including 11 of the 19 to 50 points or less. 
  • Duke has held its foes to 50.9 points per game on 34.7 percent shooting from the floor, marks that currently rank fourth and 13th in the NCAA, respectively, as well as first in the ACC (as of Jan. 25).
  • Duke has found its stroke from distance lately, knocking down its treys at a 41.8-percent clip in ACC play.
  • The Blue Devils have received a huge lift from their reserves, averaging 25.2 points off the bench.
  • Duke and Virginia Tech will meet for the 33rd time all-time, with 27 of those games going the way of the Blue Devils.
  • Although Duke has won six of the last 10 meetings, the Hokies swept the series last year, posting wins on Dec. 30 (77-55) and Jan. 13 (65-54).

 
 SHARING THE WEALTH

  • Duke’s starting five of senior Elizabeth Balogun, junior Kennedy Brown, sophomores Shayeann Day-Wilson and Reigan Richardson and senior Celeste Taylor have provided a steady hand for the Blue Devils this season, combining for 67.8 percent (46.7 points) of the team’s 68.7 points per game.
  • Taylor has reached double digits in 14 of the 19 games this season followed by Balogun with 11. Day-Wilson has tallied nine double-figure scoring games while Richardson and Brown have each posted seven.
  • Taylor leads the offensive charge for Duke, averaging 12.5 points per game with Balogun (10.7) and Day-Wilson (8.8) right behind in second and third. Brown and Richardson round out the group with 7.8 and 6.9 points a contest, respectively.
  • Duke’s depth has been on full display as the Blue Devils…

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