Duke vs. Santa Clara
When: 12:02 p.m.
Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham
TV/Radio: ESPN2/WKIX-102.9 FM
Projected starting lineups:
No. 1 Duke (11-0)
G Quinn Cook, So., 10.4 ppg, 6.0 apg
G Seth Curry, Sr., 15.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg
G Rasheed Sulaimon, Fr., 12.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg
F Ryan Kelly, Sr., 12.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg
F Mason Plumlee, Sr., 19.3 ppg, 11.5 rpg
Santa Clara (11-2)
G Evan Roquemore, Jr., 13.8 ppg, 6.5 apg
G Kevin Foster, Sr., 18.2 ppg, 4.6 apg
G Raymond Cowels III, Sr., 8.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg
F Marc Trasolini, R-Sr., 16.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg
C Robert Garrett, So., 4.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg
Player to watch
Quinn Cook, Duke
The sophomore point guard has proven to be reliable on the offensive end, as he averages double figures in points and also has recorded at least four assists in all but one of his nine starts. Last time out against Elon, though, Cook stepped up on defense, snagging eight rebounds, the second-highest on the team. For Duke to have success in ACC play, someone other than Mason Plumlee will have to rebound consistently. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski has challenged his guards to help on the defense glass, a message Cook took to heart.
***Santa Clara's leading scorer, Kevin Foster, is currently in a 8-for-38 shooting slump over the Broncos' last three games. As a team, they average 78.8 points per game, 23rd in the nation.
***Ryan Kelly said it felt like Duke had entered a new phase of the season. After having a seven and 11-day break in December for final exams and holiday time with family, the Blue Devils won't have another long break until the season ends.
“Nice to get a break and look back see what you've done,” Kelly said. “Now we start 0-0. We are proud of what we've accomplished, but now all that matters is what's in front of us.”
***Santa Clara is 0-11 all-time against teams ranked No. 1.