Game Preview by @RandyDunson – Duke Blue Devils vs. Virginia Tech Hokies
#5/5 Duke Blue Devils [12-1, 0-0] vs. #UR Virginia Tech Hokies [11-1, 0-0]
December 31, 2016 • 12:00 PM ET • Blacksburg, VA • Cassell Coliseum
Media: ESPN2, Local Radio, Watch ESPN app
By Randy Dunson [Note: Please direct comments, suggestions, etc. to @RandyDunson]
No. 5/5 Duke will open ACC play on the road for the fourth time in six years when it visits a one-loss Virginia Tech team on Saturday. The Blue Devils have won the third-most games (222) and are tied for the third-best winning percentage (.822) in the nation this decade. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski owns an ACC-record 168 conference road wins and an ACC-record 445 league victories overall.
Led by Luke Kennard (20.4), Duke has five players averaging double figures and ranks third nationally in offensive efficiency at an average of 119.4 points per 100 possessions. He ranks fourth in the ACC in scoring. Over Duke’s last four games, he is shooting .564 from the floor, .571 from the arc and .889 from the line.
Kennard’s active streak of 16 consecutive games with a three-point field goal is the longest in the ACC.
Amile Jefferson leads the ACC in both rebounds (10.8) and field goal percentage (.648). He is averaging 13.0