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
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 Sulaimons early-season struggles drew plenty of media attention, Jeffersons 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 its still true that he blends best with Dukes dynamic duo?
"I feel as though it is," Jefferson said. "Im confident in what I can do, especially playing with those two guys. It really makes everybodys job a little bit easier because of all the attention they demand."
***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.