Davidson-Duke Preview

Now that coach Mike Krzyzewski has earned his record-setting

victory, it’s back to business as usual for No. 6 Duke.

The Blue Devils shouldn’t have much trouble helping him earn win

No. 904.

Duke seeks to extend its 88-game non-conference home winning

streak with its 23rd straight win over intrastate rival Davidson as

the schools meet Friday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Krzyzewski passed his mentor Bob Knight on the all-time wins

list with a 74-69 victory over Michigan State on Tuesday and was

honored with an on-court celebration following the game.

It was given Krzyzewski would set the mark at some point this

season, and after downplaying the milestone prior to the

accomplishment, he says he’s glad it’s finally over.

”It’s a special moment,” he said. ”At halftime I wasn’t sure

we were going to have this moment. We beat a really good team, and

I’m glad now we can just move on and just develop our team.”

Krzyzewski can break former Mount Saint Mary’s coach Jim

Phelan’s record of 830 victories at one school with a victory

Friday.

”We don’t have (Derek) Jeter or (Mariano) Rivera for 15

straight years and you have to do it in intense competition in a

great school,” Krzyzewski said. ”We never have problems because

usually we can develop a team. They want to be one, and I don’t

have to fight that which is great.”

Duke (3-0), though, has been somewhat shaky overall. It held off

Belmont 77-76 in its season opener Nov. 11, and allowed Michigan

State to climb back late in Tuesday’s game around an easy win over

Presbyterian.

Seth Curry, whose younger brother Stephen led Davidson to an

improbable run to an NCAA tournament regional final in 2008, scored

20 points against the Spartans and leads the Blue Devils with an

average of 15.3.

Andre Dawkins hit six 3-pointers and finished with a game-high

26 points.

Plenty of streaks are on the line for Duke on Friday. It has won

38 consecutive home games – the longest active streak in Division I

– and 48 straight against non-BCS conference opponents overall.

The Blue Devils also have beaten 58 consecutive unranked teams

and haven’t lost a non-conference game at Cameron since falling

83-82 to St. John’s on Feb. 26, 2000.

It’ll be a tough task for the Wildcats (2-0) to end any of those

streaks, as they haven’t beaten Duke since a 75-73 victory on Dec.

29, 1981.

Davidson is coming off a 74-61 victory over Richmond, as

preseason All-Southern Conference selections Jake Cohen (22 points)

and J.P. Kuhlman (11 points) had solid performances.

De’Mon Brooks scored 14 and is averaging a team-high 19.0 points

through the first two games.

The Wildcats have won 12 of their last 15 games dating back to

last season.

“It’s going to be a great opportunity for us to play on national

TV and in that environment,” said coach Bob McKillop, who is in his

23rd season with Davidson, which is located roughly 150 miles from

Duke’s campus.

The Wildcats have lost their eight games against ranked

opponents, last beating then-No. 6 Wisconsin 73-56 in the 2008 NCAA

tournament regional semifinals.