Duke’s sports information department may be one of the best groups of in the business. In addition to all of the great work they do with their audio and video highlights, they put out some awesome game note packets every week and the notes for the upcoming game with N.C. State are no exception.
The hard-working folks from Duke have dug up some interesting comparisons between Blue Devils past and present as well as some ways to judge just how effective this group has been on the court this season. Here are some of the notes that jumped off the page for me.
Quinn Cook playing at near-historic levels
Quinn Cook has been a revelation at the point guard position for Duke this year and the numbers flesh that out. Through 21 games Cook is averaging 11.5 points, 6.2 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game and has turned the ball over just 46 times for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.8-to-1.
His ability to hang onto the ball has Duke’s overall team mark at 1.42-to-1 and in the top-10 nationally with Cook coming in at No. 18 and second among ACC players (Dexter Strickland, 2.83-to-1). If Duke continues this pace it would break the school record which was set by the 2001 national championship team.
His averages also have him in rarefied air. If Cook keeps his averages abover 11-6-4, he would become the third player to achieve that in a Duke uniform joining Dick Groat (1952), Jason Williams (2000, 2001) and Chris Duhon (2004).
Not bad for a sophomore.
Freshmen starters also in rare company
Rasheed Sulaimon and Amile Jefferson were top 25 recruits in the class of 2012 and have been playing up to those lofty expectations lately. The two have started the last four games together — all Blue Devil wins — and become the latest in a long line of freshmen contributors.
The last time Mike Krzyzewski started two freshmen for four straight games was the 2006-07 season when he started Jon Scheyer and Lance Thomas together. To take that comparison a step further, Scheyer started 32 of Duke’s 33 games (Sulaimon is 20/21) while Thomas started 18 of the 33 (Jefferson is 4/20).
Mason Plumlee is on fire
Mason Plumlee has made 60.4 percent of his shots this season. That number alone is astounding and has him ranked No. 6 nationally in that statistic.
What is more impressive though is how hot Plumlee has been over the last three games. In those games — once again, all Blue Devil wins — Plumlee is 25-of-31 from the field for an other worldly 80.6 percent shooting percentage.
If he can keep up this rate of offensive efficiency, it’s hard to see the Blue Devils losing again any time soon.
Other interesting notes:
- Duke has played N.C. State more times than any other opponent in the history of the program (237).
- With one more win, Krzyzewski would have his 29th 20-win season, good for fifth all-time. He trails Jim Boeheim (34), Dean Smith (30), Bob Knight (29) and Lute Olson (29).
- Duke is averaging 7.7 made three-point jumpers per game. Yeah.
Jimmy Kelley is the founder and lead writer of Devils in Durham. Follow him on Twitter @DevilsinDurham