Davidson-Duke Preview

BY foxsports • November 17, 2011

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.

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