Colgate (0-2) at (1) Duke (2-0)
Friday, November 19th, 8:30 p.m. (et)
The Sports Network
By Pat Taggart, Associate College Basketball Editor
FACTS & STATS: Site: Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314) -- Durham, North Carolina. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: Colgate 0-1, Duke 2-0. Away Record: Colgate 0-1, Duke 0-0. Neutral Record: Colgate 0-0, Duke 0-0. Conference Record: Colgate 0-0, Duke 0-0. Series Record: Series is tied, 1-1.
GAME NOTES: The defending national champions and top-ranked Duke Blue Devils welcome the Colgate Raiders to Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham tonight for what appears to be a monumental mismatch.
Colgate, a member of the Patriot League, has opened the season with back-to- back losses by a combined total of five points. After dropping a two-point decision to Binghamton at home last Saturday, the Raiders suffered a 69-66 defeat at St. Francis (PA) on Monday. Head coach Emmett Davis is in his 13th year at the helm for Colgate, and he owns the most wins in school history with 158.
To the surprise of no one, Duke has crushed its first two opponents, winning by an average of 35.5 points. After rolling over Princeton in the opener, the Blue Devils stomped Miami-Ohio on Tuesday by a 79-45 final. Mike Krzyzewski has won four national titles at Duke and led his squad to a 35-5 record en route to the crown a year ago. Almost every key contributor is back from that club, justifying the number one ranking.
The all-time series between Duke and Colgate is tied at 1-1, and the programs haven't met in three decades.
Against St. Francis (PA) on Monday, Colgate got 19 points from guard Mike Venezia, who also dished out six assists against only one turnover. Yaw Gyawu pitched in 18 points for the Raiders, who suffered narrow disadvantages in points from the foul line (18-14) and rebounds (36-30). Both juniors, Gyawu and Venezia lead the Raiders in scoring, averaging 19.0 and 11.5 points per game, respectively. Gyawu also paces the team with 5.0 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Chad Johnson is third on the team in scoring averaging with 6.5 ppg, and he will need to inch closer to double figures for this squad to start winning some games.
Duke has five players that average double figures in scoring, led by Nolan Smith with his 16.0 ppg. Smith also paces the club with 6.5 apg. Seth Curry is second on the team with 15.5 ppg, while Kyrie Irving is third with 15.0. Kyle Singler is averaging 12.0 ppg and 4.5 rpg, while Andre Dawkins is netting 11.0 ppg. Mason Plumlee is tops with nine boards per contest for a team that is loaded with talent at every position. In the romp over Miami-Ohio last time out, Curry hit 3-of-4 three-pointers en route to 17 points off the bench for Duke. Irving tallied 13 points, while Smith and Plumlee posted 10 points apiece. Plumlee also ripped down 14 rebounds for Duke, a major reason the team was able to post a 48-27 advantage on the boards. The Blue Devils earned a 21-3 edge in points from the foul line as well and held the RedHawks to 33.3 percent field goal efficiency.
Duke could easily double up Colgate, but the Blue Devils will empty the bench and fall just short of doing so.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Duke 97, Colgate 50
11/19 10:33:13 ET