No. 7 Duke Travels to Boston College Saturday

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  • Winners of six of its last seven, including four straight ACC road wins, No. 7 Duke battles Boston College Saturday in Chestnut Hill.
  • The game tips at 5 p.m. ET on ACC Network with Jon Meterparel and Malcolm Huckaby on the call. On the radio locally, David Shumate and John Roth call the action on the Blue Devil Sports Network from Learfield.
  • The Blue Devils, who remain in a first place tie in the ACC and hold the tiebreaker over the two teams within a half game, cap a stretch of five of their past six on the road Saturday — the BC game also marks Duke’s fourth game over an eight-day period.
  • Duke has earned 36 20-win seasons in 42 years under head coach Mike Krzyzewski — all 36 occurring over the last 39 campaigns.
  • Behind a career night from Trevor Keels and 8-of-8 shooting from Mark Williams, the Blue Devils downed Clemson, 82-64, on Thursday.
  • Keels has scored in double figures in each of the last three games, including his first double-double at Clemson with 25 points and 11 rebounds. He is averaging 16.0 points and six rebounds over the last three games, since returning four games ago from a lower leg injury.
  • Duke is 14-1 this season when Keels scores in double digits.
  • Duke leads the ACC in three-point percentage defense (.296; 26th nationally) and is second in field goal percentage defense (.402).
  • Sophomore Mark Williams, a finalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year, leads the ACC and is 11th nationally in blocks (3.08). Williams’s 8-of-8 at Clemson marked the 22nd occurrence in program history of a player making at least eight field goals with no misses — he has the last two (9-of-9 at Georgia Tech last season).
  • Six-time ACC Freshman of the Week and the ACC’s lone representative on the late-season watch list for the Wooden Award, Paolo Banchero has nine 20-point efforts this season — seven coming against power conference opponents, six in ACC play — in addition to 21 vs. Gonzaga.
  • Junior Wendell Moore Jr., had eight assists and no turnovers at Clemson — his fifth game this year with at least five dimes and no turnovers.
  • Freshman AJ Griffin is the nation’s only power conference player shooting at least .500 from three-point range (min. 50 attempts).
  • Duke’s scoring margin in its six ACC road games is +12.0 — on pace to be the team’s best ACC road scoring margin since 2002.

Duke leads the all-time series 25-3, including 9-2 in road games — all coming at the Conte Forum … Duke has won 18 of the 20 meetings in the ACC regular season … The Blue Devils have won the last five games in the series, including two last season — an 83-82 win at Cameron Indoor on Jan. 6, and an 86-51 victory in the first round of the ACC Tournament … Junior Wendell Moore Jr., scored 25 points, including a key bucket with 43 seconds left in last year’s 83-82 win at Cameron.

Boston College is 9-13 overall and 4-8 in ACC play, including a 73-57 win over Notre Dame on Dec. 3 … Makai Ashton-Langford leads the team in scoring at 12.5 points and 3.1 assists, while his brother, DeMarr Langford, is the team’s second leading scorer at 10.6 points … BC’s leading rebounder, T.J. Bickerstaff, grabs 8.0 boards per game and is one of only 15 players nationally this season with multiple games of 17+ rebounds … First-year head coach Earl Grant spent the last seven years at College of Charleston where he led the Cougars to a top-four finish in the CAA in each of the last five seasons, including the 2018 regular season and conference tournament championship … Grant was a Clemson assistant before taking the Charleston job.

Duke’s four-game road winning streak is the second longest active by power conference teams, trailing only Oregon’s five-game streak … Notre Dame has also won four consecutive road games … The Blue Devils are 5-2 on the road this season — 5-1 in on the road in the ACC with a scoring margin of +12.0, which is on pace to be Duke’s largest on the road in ACC since 2002 (+12.7) … Duke has won its last four ACC road games by an average margin of 15.7 points and trailed for a combined 105 seconds in those games — trailing only at Notre Dame 2-0 for 1:45 … Duke has allowed just one team to score 70+ on the road in regulation — Ohio State (71). The game at Florida State was tied 67-67 heading to overtime … On the road, Duke is allowing opponents to shoot just .392 from the field and .298 from three-point range … Duke has handed three teams this season their first (and only) home loss — North Carolina (12-1), Notre Dame (10-1) and Wake Forest (13-1) … Over the last five years, Duke is 7-0 when facing a team on a 10+ game home winning streak … Duke won three consecutive ACC road games in succession — beating Louisville, Notre Dame and North Carolina — for just the second time in the Coach K era (2019-20).

Duke is 19-6 all-time when playing on Feb. 12 and has won five of the last six and 17 of the last 20 on this date … Duke last played on this date in 2019 — a 71-69 win at Louisville that saw the Blue Devils rally from 23 points down over the game’s final 10 minutes for the second-largest second half comeback in program history.

Freshman Trevor Keels matched his career high with 25 points and recorded a career-high 11 rebounds with no turnovers in 30 minutes for his first career double-double Thursday at Clemson … He also netted 25 points in his collegiate debut — a 79-71 win over Kentucky in the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden … It marked the sixth time in the Coach K era that a Duke player registered 25+ points and 10+ rebounds with no turnovers — the first occurrence happening on the road and the first against an ACC opponent since 2010 by Kyle Singler … Of his 25 at Clemson, 23 came in the second half — the most in any half by a Blue Devil since Marvin Bagley III had 23 in the second half vs. Notre Dame on March 8, 2018 … Keels finished 9-of-13 from the floor, 3-of-6 from three-point range and 4-of-6 at the free throw line — his second half stats: 8-of-9 from the field, 3-of-4 from three, 4-of-5 free throws, five rebounds and three fouls drawn … The Clinton, Md., native ranks seventh in the ACC and fourth among power conference true freshmen in steals (1.62) … Keels leads all ACC freshmen and is third overall in the conference in assist/turnover ratio (+2.52) … He has scored in double figures in each of his last three games, averaging 16.0 points and 6.0 rebounds on .500 shooting and .583 from three in that stretch … Duke is 14-1 when Keels scores in double figures.

Since January 1, Duke opponents are shooting just .276 (67-of-243) from three-point range — the second best percentage defense by power conference teams and 11th best overall in that span … For the year, Duke is 26th nationally in three-point defense (.296) — was 119th nationally (.314) on December 31.
Duke is second in the ACC in field goal defense (.402) and leads in three-point defense (.296) … Duke has held 10 of its last 13 opponents — and 16 for the season — to .300 or worse from behind the arc (13-3 in those games) … Duke has held 17 of its 24 opponents this season — including seven straight — to 70 points or less … Junior Wendell Moore Jr., is one of the nation’s premier perimeter defenders, regularly drawing the opponent’s best offensive match up. This season, opponents are shooting just .310 from the field and .253 from three-point range with Moore as the primary defender … Sophomore Mark Williams, who leads the league and is 11th nationally in blocked shots (3.08), is one of the best rim protectors with his 7-foot-7 wingspan … Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Notre Dame and Virginia each made their fewest number of threes against the Blue Devils — VT was 5-of-19 (.263), Wake was 2-of-16 (.125), Syracuse was 5-of-29 (.172), ND was 3-of-18 (.167) and UVa was 2-of-12 (.167). The percentages by Syracuse, VT, Wake and ND were each their lowest this year … Two other opponents — Gardner-Webb (.125) and Lafayette (.259) — also shot their lowest three-point percentage this season … In Duke’s defensive gem at Notre Dame, the Irish were limited to a season-low 43 points, and it marked the fewest points Duke allowed in an ACC game since a 68-40 win over Clemson on Jan. 8, 2013. It was the fewest points Duke allowed in an ACC road game since a 56-41 win at Virginia on Feb. 16, 2011.

In the Coach K era, Duke is 268-154 (.635) in true road games and 279-77 (.784) in neutral site games, for a combined mark of 547-231 (.706) in all games outside of Cameron Indoor Stadium … In ACC regular-season play, Duke is 197-128 (.606) away from home under Coach K … Coach K’s 197 ACC road wins are a conference record … Coach K has also won 16 road games against AP top five teams, the most in the history of the AP poll.

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