East Carolina (4-0) at (6) Duke (3-1)|
Tuesday, November 19, 6 p.m. (et)
The Sports Network
By Scott Haynes, Senior College Basketball Editor
FACTS & STATS: Site: Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314) -- Durham, North Carolina.
Television: ESPNU. Home Record: ECU 2-0, Duke 3-0. Away Record: ECU 1-0, Duke
0-0. Neutral Record: ECU 1-0, Duke 0-1. Conference Record: ECU 0-0, Duke 0-0.
Series Record: Duke leads, 20-0.
GAME NOTES: The sixth-ranked Duke Blue Devils will continue play in the NIT
Season Tip-Off, when they take on the East Carolina Pirates in second-round
action on Tuesday from Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils are 3-1 on the season after pounding UNC
Asheville on Monday night, 91-55. The win was the 104th straight non-
conference home win for Duke, the nation's longest such streak. The Blue
Devils are now an impressive 23-2 in this event, with tournament titles in
1985, 2000, 2005 and 2009.
Jeff Lebo's Pirates are now a perfect 4-0 on the season after narrowly getting
by Norfolk State in Monday's opening round, 76-74. ECU had won a pair of home
games against NC Wesleyan (97-51) and Chowan (95-45), sandwiched around a
narrow road win at UNC Greensboro (85-84) prior to this event.
This marks the first meeting between these two teams since 1991 and the 21st
matchup all-time. Duke has won all 20 previous contests, with 19 of them
coming at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Pirates showed their mettle and battled back from a 17-point deficit in
the second half to remain unbeaten on the season with a two-point win over
Norfolk State. Paris Roberts-Campbell led the team with a game-high 22 points.
Akeem Richmond added 17 points to the cause for ECU, which also got a strong
performance from Michael Zangari, who posted 16 points. Brandan Stith scored
just six points for East Carolina, but did grab a game-high 12 rebounds.
At 88.2 ppg this year, ECU certainly has the ability to put points on the
scoreboard in a hurry, like Monday night. Scoring depth starts with Richmond,
who is netting 16.5 ppg, despite shooting just .385 from the floor. Robert-
Campbell is next in line at 16.0 ppg, followed by Caleb White (11.0 ppg).
Stith is just outside double figures at 9.8 ppg, but is the team's top
rebounder (10.5 rpg).
Freshman forward Jabari Parker recorded his second straight double-double,
finishing with 21 points and 10 rebounds as Duke made light work of the
Bulldogs. Rodney Hood added 18 points in the rout, while Andre Dawkins chipped
in with 13 for the Blue Devils. Quinn Cook and Semi Ojeleye also notched
double figures with 10 points apiece. Duke was once again efficient
offensively, shooting 57.4 percent from the floor and draining 10 3-pointers.
Duke has one of its most complete and balanced lineups in recent memory. The
team is especially potent offensively, averaging 95.5 ppg, thanks to shooting
.583 from the floor and .494 from behind the arc. Parker has been one of the
top players in the country despite his youth, shooting .593 from the field,
including a ridiculous .667 from 3-point range (12-of-18). The 6-8 freshman
leads the team in both scoring (22.8 ppg) and rebounding (8.8 rpg). Hood is
delivering on 70.3 percent of his field-goal opportunities and is putting up
19.8 ppg. The scoring depth continues with Cook (12.3 ppg), Rasheed Sulaimon
(10.0 ppg) and Amile Jefferson (10.0 ppg).
East Carolina's strong run to begin the season will come to a crashing halt,
as Parker is unstoppable, as are his teammates.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Duke 89, East Carolina 74
11/19 10:56:03 ET