Game preview: Duke vs. Elon

Posted by Laura Keeley on December 30, 2013 

Amile Jefferson turned in his best performance of the year last time out against Eastern Michigan.

CHUCK LIDDY

No. 7 Duke vs. Elon

When: 1 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro

TV/Radio: ESPNU, WKIX-102.9 FM

Projected starting lineup:

No. 7 Duke (10-2)

G Quinn Cook, Jr., 13.7 ppg, 6.5 apg

G Tyler Thornton, Sr., 3.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg

F Rodney Hood, R-So., 17.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg

F Jabari Parker, Fr., 22.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg

F Josh Hairston, Sr., 2.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg

Elon (7-6)

G Austin Hamilton, Jr., 8.6 ppg, 3.5 apg

G Sebastian Koch, Sr, 13.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg

G Tanner Samson, So., 12.9, 4.6 rpg

F Ryley Beaumont, Sr., 10.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg

F Lucas Troutman, Sr., 15.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg

Player to watch:

F Amile Jefferson, Duke

While Rasheed Sulaimon’s early-season struggles drew plenty of media attention, Jefferson’s funk flew a little under the radar. Coach Mike Krzyzewski had said in the preseason that Jefferson blended better with Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood than any other Duke player and that he was a sure starter. That ended, though, six games into the season, as he was moved to a reserve role after the Vermont debacle.

Last time out against Eastern Michigan, though, Jefferson pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds in 21 minutes and added seven points in his best performance of the year. So does he think it’s still true that he blends best with Duke’s dynamic duo?

"I feel as though it is," Jefferson said. "I’m confident in what I can do, especially playing with those two guys. It really makes everybody’s job a little bit easier because of all the attention they demand."

Observations:

***Jabari Parker has received a league-leading four of the seven ACC Rookie of the Week awards. The record for ACC Rookie of the Week selections is 10 held by Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina, 2005-06) and Kenny Anderson (Georgia Tech, 1989-90).

***Duke moved up two spots in the rankings to No. 7, extending its streak of consecutive weeks ranked in the top 10 to 122, a program record and second-longest all time. Just 34 more weeks to go until the Blue Devils beat the all-time mark set by UCLA in the John Wooden era (ranked in the top 10 155 straight weeks, from Nov. 15, 1966 - Jan. 20, 1976). The next closest active streak belongs to Michigan State at 15 weeks.

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