Duke-East Carolina Preview
It's been over 13 years since Duke lost a non-conference game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The sixth-ranked Blue Devils will try to extend that streak to 105 games Tuesday night against East Carolina in the second round of the NIT Season Tip-Off.
Duke (3-1) cruised to a 91-55 opening-round victory over UNC Asheville on Monday in the East Region.
Freshman Jabari Parker scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 19 minutes for his second straight double-double. He's cracked 20 in all four games and is averaging 22.8. No other Duke freshmen under coach Mike Krzyzewski has ever started a career with three straight 20-point games.
Fellow newcomer Rodney Hood added 18 points and went 3 for 4 from 3-point range. Parker and Hood, a Mississippi State transfer, have accounted for 44.5 percent of Duke's scoring.
"We just tried to pressure them and make them play us one-on-one," Hood said.
The team shot 57.4 percent from the floor. The Blue Devils have connected on 58.3 percent of their shots this season, including 49.4 from 3-point range, and are averaging 95.5 points.
"Our strength is on the perimeter," Krzyzewski said.
Parker had six turnovers against the Bulldogs after having four combined over his first three games. He was trying to work the ball inside to his teammates, but Krzyzewski is OK with him being a little more selfish.
"A really good player isn't concerned about his points, and he's looking for his teammates to maybe have a better night and give them some confidence," the coach said. "For a freshman to do that is very good. Look, he's exceptional. What he tried to do tonight was OK. I'd rather have him shoot it, to be quite frank with you."
Duke's 16 total turnovers were a season high, though its rebounding has improved. The Blue Devils have outrebounded their last two opponents 83-66 after being outworked on the glass 70-51 by Davidson and Kansas.
East Carolina (4-0) came back from a 17-point second-half deficit Monday to beat Norfolk State 76-74. A 23-4 run helped push the Pirates through to the quarterfinals.
Junior guard Paris Roberts-Campbell scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Pirates.
They turned the ball over 18 times after having a 46-26 turnover advantage in their first three games.
The Pirates are looking to start 5-0 for a second straight year, though they'll have to do it against a team they've never defeated. They are 0-20 all-time against the Blue Devils with 19 losses at Cameron, though they haven't met since 1991.
Duke is 23-2 all-time in the NIT Season Tip-Off with four tournament titles.
The winner advances to the semifinals in New York on Nov. 27.