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THE OPENING TIP


No. 16 Duke hits the street for its subsequent two video games, starting with a visit to the Peach State for a date with Georgia Tech Sunday, Jan. 15. Tipoff is slated for 4 p.m., stay on ACC Community.
Pam Ward and Stephanie Ward will name the motion on ACC Community whereas Chris Edwards calls the sport on the radio on the Blue Satan Sports activities Community from Learfield.
Duke rose three spots to No. 16 within the Week 10 Related Press (AP) Ballot and checks in at No. 19 within the USA Right this moment Coaches Ballot.
At the moment amid a 10-game profitable streak, Duke is off to its greatest begin in latest historical past – boasting a 15-1 general document and a 5-0 mark in ACC play. The Blue Devils’ 15 wins in 16 video games, together with their 5 consecutive wins to open convention motion, mark program bests relationship again to the 2013-14 marketing campaign.
Within the newest NCAA Analysis Device (NET) rankings the Blue Devils are slotted ninth (as of Jan. 13).
Protection has been the calling card for the Blue Devils this season because the crew has gained every of its video games by a mean of twenty-two.7 factors and held every of its opponents beneath their season scoring common, together with 9 of the 16 to 50 factors or much less. 
Duke has held its foes to 50.6 factors per recreation on 33.8 % taking pictures from the ground, marks that at present rank fourth and ninth within the NCAA, respectively, in addition to first within the ACC (as of Jan. 13).
Over its final 5 video games, Duke has knocked down its treys at a 43.2-percent clip in comparison with simply 26.9 % from deep by the primary 11 video games of the season.
The Blue Devils have acquired an enormous raise from its reserves, averaging 27.8 factors off the bench.
Sunday’s matchup marks the 74th all-time assembly between Duke and Georgia Tech, with 62 of these video games going the best way of the Blue Devils. The groups met as soon as throughout the 2021-22 season — a 13-point win (59-46) by the Twelfth-ranked Yellow Jackets.

 
 SHARING THE WEALTH


Duke’s beginning 5 of senior Elizabeth Balogun, junior Kennedy Brown, sophomores Shayeann Day-Wilson and Reigan Richardson and senior Celeste Taylor have offered a gentle hand for the Blue Devils this season, combining for 65.5 % (46.0 factors) of the crew’s 70.2 factors per recreation.
Taylor has reached double digits in 12 of the 16 video games this season adopted by Balogun with 9. Brown and Day-Wilson have tallied seven double-figure scoring video games apiece whereas Richardson has posted six.
Taylor leads the offensive cost for Duke, averaging 12.9 factors per recreation with Balogun (10.8) and Brown (8.1) proper behind in second and third. Day-Wilson and Richardson spherical out the group with 7.6 and 6.6 factors a contest, respectively.
Duke’s depth has been on full show because the Blue Devils have featured seven completely different main scorers by 16 video games this season, with Balogun (5) and Taylor (5) ending with the crew excessive on a number of events.
The squad options 10 gamers averaging at the very least 13 minutes per recreation with 4 of them averaging 20-plus minutes a contest — Taylor (27.8), Brown (24.0), Day-Wilson (22.8) and Balogun (21.6).
As a crew, Duke ranks sixth within the ACC in discipline purpose share (.444) and has assisted on 256 of its 422 made discipline objectives (.607) for a mean of 16.0 dimes per recreation — No. 2 within the ACC.
The Blue Devils are additionally second within the ACC in turnover margin (+4.19), third in free throw share (.764) and scoring margin (+19.56) and in addition to fifth in help/turnover ratio (1.06).

 
 DISRUPTING THE PEACE – ELITE BLUE DEVIL DEFENSE


Disruptive protection has been the calling card for the Blue Devils early within the season because the crew ranks among the many nation’s elite, having held its opponents to 50.6 factors per recreation on a 33.8 % clip from the sphere.
These marks verify in at fourth and ninth within the NCAA, respectively, whereas rating first within the ACC (as of Jan. 13).
Duke can also be tenth in Defensive Ranking, permitting its opponents simply 0.654 factors per possession.
In two ACC street video games, Duke has solely allowed seven made discipline objectives within the fourth quarter — NC State (4-of-18), Wake Forest (3-of-9)
The Blue Devils have gained every of their video games by a mean of twenty-two.7 factors and held every of their opponents beneath their season scoring common, together with 9 of the 16 to 50 factors or much less.
Along with main the league in scoring protection and discipline purpose share protection, the Blue Devils are additionally second within the ACC in rebounding protection (31.06), fourth in defensive rebounding share (.743) and blocks (4.94) and fifth in each three-point protection (.270) and steals (9.63).

 
 DUKE IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS


Duke rose three spots to No. 16 within the Week 10 Related Press (AP) Ballot and verify in at No. 19 within the USA Right this moment Coaches Ballot.
The Blue Devils are additionally ranked ninth within the ESPN Girls’s Basketball Energy Rankings.
The most recent NCAA Analysis Device (NET) rankings has the Blue Devils slotted ninth nationally (as of Jan. 13), which leads the ACC, with an undefeated document at house (8-0) and in true street contests (6-0), whereas being 1-1 in impartial website video games.
With a mean opponent NET rating of 13, the Blue Devils are 3-1 this season towards groups ranked within the prime 50 of the NET Rankings and 8-1 towards the highest 100, together with wins over NC State (No. 13), Louisville (No. 32), Virginia (No. 39), and Oregon State (No. 55). Duke’s lone loss got here to UConn, which checks in at No. 2 within the NET.

 
 UPTICK IN EFFICIENCY


Duke’s duo of Elizabeth Balogun and Celeste Taylor has seen an uptick in its effectivity, significantly on the offensive finish.
The crew’s main scorer this season, Taylor is averaging 14.8 factors on 47.7 % from the ground and 47.6 % from distance throughout her final eight video games.
She has scored double figures in seven of these video games, together with a season-high 23 factors to assist the Blue Devils knock off then-No. 6 NC State, 72-58.
In her first eight video games, Taylor put up 11.1 factors on 41.7 % from the ground and 24.0 % from three.
Over her final eight video games, Balogun has raised each her scoring (12.1) and rebounding (7.0) averages, along with her discipline purpose and three-point share.
After taking pictures 48.1 % from the sphere and simply 30 % from three over her first eight video games, Balogun has raised these averages to 58.0 % and 57.1 %, respectively.
Throughout this stretch, Balogun has scored in double digits 5 instances general and in three of the final 4, together with back-to-back double-doubles in wins over Louisville (20 pts, 10 rebs) and at Wake Forest (12 pts, 10 rebs).

 
 HEATING UP FROM DISTANCE


After a sluggish begin from downtown to open the season, the Blue Devils have settled in and begun to seek out their stroke from three-point land.
Over its final 5 video games, Duke has knocked down its treys at a 43.2-percent clip in comparison with simply 26.9 % from deep by the primary 11 video games of the season.
The Blue Devils have shot over 40 % in three of the 5 video games whereas six Duke gamers have mixed for the 38 three-point makes.
Celeste Taylor has led the cost with 16 treys throughout this stretch, adopted by Shayeann Day-Wilson with six triples, then Elizabeth Balogun and Ashlon Jackson with 5 apiece.
Vanessa de Jesus has drained 4 threes whereas Reigan Richardson has cashed in a pair. 

 
 
UP NEXT
Duke hits the street for its subsequent two video games, starting with a visit to the Peach State for a date with Georgia Tech on Sunday, Jan. 15. Tipoff is slated for 4 p.m., stay on ACC Community.   
 
 
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