Game preview: Eastern Michigan vs. No. 9 Duke basketball

lkeeley@newsobserver.comDecember 27, 2013 


NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: Rasheed Sulaimon #14 of the Duke Blue Devils dunks the ball in the second half against Zach LaVine #14 of the UCLA Bruins during the CARQUEST Auto Parts Classic on December 19, 2013 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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No. 9 Duke vs. Eastern Michigan

When: 2:05 p.m.

Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham

TV/Radio: ESPN2, WKIX-102.9 FM

Projected starting lineup

No. 9 Duke (9-2)

G Quinn Cook, Jr., 14.6 ppg, 6.5 aps

G Tyler Thornton, Sr., 3.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg

F Rodney Hood, R-So., 18.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg

F Jabari Parker, Fr., 22.1 ppg, 7.8 rpg

F Josh Hairston, Sr., 2.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg

Eastern Michigan (7-3)

G Mike Talley, R-Jr., 8.4 ppg, 4.0 apg

G Raven Lee, R-Fr., 12.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg

F Karrington Ward, Jr., 15.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg

F Glenn Bryant, R-Sr., 10.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg

C Da’Shonte Riley, Sr., 6.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg

Player to watch

G Rasheed Sulaimon, Duke

Last time we saw Sulaimon, he put together a slump-busting performance against UCLA, with eight points, five rebounds and four assists in 18 minutes off the bench. It was, by far, his brightest performance of the season. It will be interesting to see if he gets the minutes to build off his performance.


Duke has won 100 consecutive home games against unranked nonconference opponents. … Duke has had a 20-point scorer in every game this season. The last time the Blue Devils started a season with a 20-point scorer in its first 11 games was 2000-01, when Duke had a 20-point scorer in 17 straight games to start the season. … Rodney Hood is shooting an ACC-best 55.4 percent (67-of-121) from the field. … Jabari Parker and Hood are the top-scoring tandem in the ACC (third in the NCAA) at 40.6 points per game. They combine to generate 47.5 percent of Duke’s scoring. Either Parker or Hood has led the Blue Devils in scoring in 10 of the their 11 games. Laura Keeley

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