FACTS & STATS: Site: Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314) -- Durham, North Carolina.
Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Cornell 2-3, Duke 4-0. Away Record: Cornell
0-3, Duke 0-0. Neutral Record: Cornell 2-0, Duke 5-0. Conference Record:
Cornell 0-0, Duke 0-0. Series Record: Duke leads, 4-0.
GAME NOTES: The Duke Blue Devils put a couple of lengthy win streaks on the
line on Wednesday, as they play host to the Cornell Big Red at Cameron Indoor
The Blue Devils have ascended the top-25 and come into this week as the number
one team in the nation, thanks to Indiana's loss to Butler this past weekend.
Mike Krzyzewski's squad has knocked off three top-five teams already this
year, and moved to 9-0 on the season with a 90-67 win over Temple on Dec. 8.
Duke has won 98 straight non-conference games in Durham, the longest such
streak in the country. Under Coach K, Duke has played more games as the top
team in the country (209) than as an unranked team (141).
The Big Red will be fighting an uphill battle in this one, as the team is
still in search of its first road win on the season. Colgate is 4-6 overall
and 0-3 in true road games this season, following a 66-55 setback at
Vanderbilt on Monday.
This is the fifth all-time meeting between these two teams. Duke has won all
four previous matchups with Cornell and owns a +28.3 scoring margin in the
The Big Red nearly overcame a 19-point first-half deficit at Vanderbilt on
Monday, pulling within two points in the second half, but couldn't complete
the feat, falling by 11 points to the Commodores in Nashville. Shonn Miller
posted his second straight double-double with 13 points and a career-high 15
rebounds, but it wasn't enough. Eitan Chemerinski added 10 points as the only
other player to net double digits in the loss for Cornell.
Efficient play at the offensive end has plagued the Big Red this season, as
Cornell enters this contest averaging a mere 63.9 ppg, while being held just
under 40 percent shooting (.394). Miller leads the team in scoring (10.3 ppg),
rebounding (8.2 rpg), steals (20) and blocks (19). Nolan Cressler (8.3 ppg),
Chemerinski (8.1 ppg), Devin Cherry (7.9 ppg) and Johnathan Gray (7.3 ppg)
provide limited scoring depth for the Big Red.
Seth Curry has been nursing a leg injury, but gutted one out against Temple in
East Rutherford, netting a game-high 23 points in Duke's lopsided win over the
Owls. Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly dominated in the paint, as both recorded
double-doubles in the win. Plumlee finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds,
while Kelly added 14 points and 10 boards of his own. Quinn Cook aided Curry
from the perimeter, with 14 points in the impressive victory.
A +16.1 scoring margin has been a huge factor in Duke's ascension in the
national rankings. The Blue Devils have been ultra-efficient at the offensive
end, rolling up 80.0 ppg, on .480 shooting, which has been bolstered by a .400
clip from behind the arc. There are certainly no shortage of scoring options
on the Duke roster, but Plumlee has been the driving force. One of the
nation's premier big men this season, the 6-foot-10 senior is shooting .611
from the field, while averaging 19.2 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. Curry
fills up the basket from the perimeter at 16.1 ppg, while Kelly (13.1 ppg),
Rasheed Sulaimon (12.3 ppg) and Cook (10.9 ppg) provide unmatched depth.
The Big Red simply lack the offensive firepower to keep this one close. The
Blue Devils are in no danger of an upset in this one and should be able to put
the contest out of reach by the end of the first half.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Duke 84, Cornell 47
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