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No. 13 Duke Welcomes Syracuse for Sunday Matinee


opening tips

  • No. 13 Duke is trying to bounce back from Thursday’s setback as the Blue Devils host a two-game homestand for Syracuse, which will be broadcast live on the ACC network at 12:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22.
  • Angel Gray and Jasmine Thomas call the action on ACC Network, and Chris Edwards calls the game on Blue Devil Sports Network radio in the rear field.
  • Duke moved up three places to number 13 in the Week 11 Associated Press (AP) poll, and ranked 14th in USA Today’s coaches poll.
  • The latest NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) rankings place the Blue Devils at #9 (as of January 20).
  • The team won each game by an average of 22.4 points, falling short of the season average by including 10 points below each opponent’s score between 18 and 50 points.
  • Duke shoots from the floor 34.7% and holds opponents down to 51.0 points per game, currently ranking 4th and 12th respectively in the NCAA and 1st in the ACC as of Jan. 20. It has been.
  • Duke recently found a stroke from distance that knocked Trey down for a 42.9% clip on ACC plays.
  • The Blue Devils are getting a big lift off the reserves, averaging 26.2 points off the bench.
  • Duke and Syracuse will face hardwoods for the 11th time in history, with the Blue Devils holding a 7-3 advantage in the series.
  • The Blue Devils have won their last two meetings against the Orange, including a 74-65 victory in the Dome last season.

wealth sharing

  • Dukes starting five Elizabeth BalogunJunior Kennedy Brown,Sophomore Shayne Day-Wilson When Reagan Richardson and senior Celeste Taylor Totaling 67.0% (46.3 points) of the team’s 69.1 points this season, he provided a steady hand for the Blue Devils.
  • Taylor has scored in double figures in 13 of 18 games this season, followed by Balogun in 10 games.
  • Taylor leads the Duke offense, averaging 12.3 points per game, followed by Balogun (10.8) and Day Wilson (8.4) in second and third. Brown and Richardson round out the group with 7.8 and 7.0 points respectively.
  • The Blue Devils have seven top scorers in 18 games this season, and with Taylor (6 points) and Balogun (5) leading the team in scoring multiple times, Duke has plenty of depth. It is demonstrated.
  • The squad includes 10 players averaging over 13 minutes per game, with four of them averaging over 20 minutes per game. Taylor (27.7), Brown (24.4), Day Wilson (23.0) and Balogun (21.9).
  • As a team, Duke ranks 6th in ACC in field goal percentage (.442), assists 279 of 467 field goals (.597), and averages 15.5 dimes per game – 4th in ACC.
  • The Blue Devils also rank second in ACC in turnover margin (+4.11) and scoring margin (+18.11), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.335), and fifth in assists/turnover percentage (1.04). , is free. Throw percentage (.758).

Disrupt the Peace – Elite Blue Devil Defense

  • The Blue Devils have maintained 51.0 points per game with a 34.7% clip from the field, and their devastating defense has been their calling card early in the season as the team ranks among the national elite.
  • These marks check in 4th and 12th respectively in the NCAA and rank 1st in the ACC (as of Jan. 20).
  • Duke is also ninth in the defensive rating, allowing opponents just 0.665 points per possession.
  • The Blue Devils win each game by an average of 22.4 points, keeping each opponent’s scoring below their season average, including 10 to 50 or less out of 18 points.
  • In addition to leading the league in scoring defense and field goal percentage defense, the Blue Devils are 1st in ACC in rebounding defense (30.56), 4th in defensive rebound percentage (.738) and rebounding margin (+7.56). 5th on defense. Block (4.78), 3-point defense (.268), steal (9.61).

Duke in national rankings

  • Duke moved up three places to number 13 in the Week 11 Associated Press (AP) poll, and ranked 14th in USA Today’s coaches poll.
  • The Blue Devils are also ranked #8 on the ESPN Women’s Basketball Power Rankings.
  • In the latest NCAA Rating Tool (NET) rankings, the Blue Devils are ninth in the nation (as of Jan. 20), second in the ACC, an undefeated record at home (8-0), and a 7-1 record in the True Road Contest. has earned the mark. It’s 1v1 in a neutral site game.
  • With an average NET ranking of 11 among their opponents, the Blue Devils are 3-2 against teams ranked in the top 50 of the NET rankings and 9-2 against top 100 teams this season. (32nd), Virginia (40th), FGCU (52nd), Oregon (60th). Duke’s two losses are against UConn and North Carolina where he checks in for 3rd place and 19th place respectively in the NET.

Increased efficiency

  • Duke duo Elizabeth Balogun When Celeste Taylor Its efficiency has improved, especially on the attack side.
  • The team’s top scorer this season, Taylor has averaged 14.1 points since his start in ACC play, 44.3% from the floor and 45.9% from the distance.
  • She’s had double figures in 6 of 7 games, including a season-high 23 points that helped the Blue Devils topple the top spot at the time. 6 North Carolina, 72-58.
  • In non-conference play, Taylor went up 11.2 points, 44.0% from the floor and 29.4% from 3.
  • In seven league games, Balogun has increased both his scoring (11.0) and rebounding (6.6) averages while keeping his shots from the field and shots over the arc nearly as efficient.
  • Balogun shot 53.2% and 46.2% from 3 from the field in non-conference play, while in ACC play her shots were 54.2% and 40.0% respectively.
  • During this stretch, Balogun scored in double figures four times overall and four of his last six. This includes back-to-back double-doubles against Louisville (20 points, 10 rebs) and Wake Forest (12 points, 10 rebs). Lev).

Heat up from afar

  • After delaying the season opener with a start from downtown, the Blue Devils regained their composure and began finding strokes from the three-point land.
  • Since the start of conference play, Duke has knocked down that tray 42.9% of the clip, but only 34.3% in non-conference action.
  • The Blue Devils shot 40% or more in 4 of their 7 games and made 48 3-pointers across seven Duke players.
  • Celeste Taylor Leading the charge with trays of 17 followed by Shayne Day-Wilson with 10 triples.
  • Elizabeth Balogun When Vanessa de Jesus Cash 6 each, Ashlon Jackson ejected five. Reagan Richardson get three, Taya Collosedale Added one.

orange quick look

  • Syracuse will go into Sunday’s matchup with a 13-6 overall record and a 4-4 record against the ACC. Orange has his 69-57 loss at Georgia Tech on Thursday.
  • Diaisha Fair leads the team in both points scored (19.6) and assists (4.2). She has scored in double figures in every game this season. Teisha Hyman also averaged 12.7 points per game she averaged in double digits.
  • Dariauna Lewis leads the Grass effort with 9.7 boards per game.


Duke is gearing up for another Top 20 matchup as the Blue Devils face No. 12/10 Virginia Tech live on Thursday, January 26 at 8 p.m. on the ACC Network.

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