Duke vs. Virginia: Full Game Preview

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Duke vs. Virginia: Full Game Preview
(3) Duke
(24-3, 6-3 away)
Virginia
(19-8, 16-1 home)
Venue: John Paul Jones Arena
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, February 28, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Duke M Plumlee 17.5 M Plumlee 10.6 Q Cook 5.6
Virginia J Harris 16.6 A Mitchell 8.7 J Evans 5.3

No. 3 Duke travels to John Paul Jones Arena on Thursday to take on Virginia. Tipoff is at 9 p.m. EST and you can see it on ESPN. The Blue Devils are 6-0 against the Cavaliers over the last four years. The last time they met (Jan. 12, 2012) they won 61-58.

Virginia is in third place in the conference and nipping at the heels of second place Duke.

In an 89-68 beatdown of Boston College on Feb. 24, Rasheed Sulaimon put up 27 points for the Blue Devils. He tallies 12.4 points per game and also adds 3.4 rebounds per game. For the Cavaliers, Akil Mitchell put up 18 points and 8 rebounds in the 82-54 blowout of Georgia Tech on Feb. 24. He averages 12.6 points per game in addition to a team-best 8.7 rebounds per game.

Virginia StatSmack

  • Duke beat Virginia by 3 points the last time they played (Jan 12, 2012).
  • Duke has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Virginia this season (eight vs. three).
  • Diaper Dandies love Duke. Duke has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Virginia (54 vs. 10).
  • Since 1998, Duke has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Virginia (36 vs. nine).
  • Duke has a better conference record than Virginia this season (11-3 vs. 9-5).
  • Duke has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Virginia (21 vs. one).
  • Duke has a much better NCSA Power Ranking than Virginia (No. 3 vs. No. 21).
  • Even computers respect Duke more. Duke has a better RPI this season than Virginia (RPI: No. 1 vs. No. 71).
  • Obviously, AP Voters agree that Duke is superior to Virginia (Latest AP Poll: No. 3 vs. Not Ranked).
  • The Duke assist leader (Quinn Cook, 150 assists) has more assists than the Virginia assist leader (Jontel Evans, 95 assists).
  • Since 1998, Duke has recruited more Top 10 high school players than Virginia (11 vs. zero).
DUKE Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A+ Mason Plumlee 34 18 11 2 1 2 3
A- Ryan Kelly 28 13 5 1 1 2 1
A- Quinn Cook 33 12 4 6 2 0 2
B+ Seth Curry 31 17 2 2 1 0 1
B+ R. Sulaimon 30 12 3 2 1 0 1
C+ Amile Jefferson 14 5 3 0 0 1 0
C+ Tyler Thornton 22 3 2 3 1 0 1
C Josh Hairston 13 3 2 0 0 0 0
C Alex Murphy 7 2 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Todd Zafirovski 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ M. Plumlee 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
UVA Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Justin Miller 27 13 4 0 2 0 2
B Joe Harris 32 17 4 2 1 1 2
B Akil Mitchell 30 13 9 1 1 0 2
C+ Justin Anderson 22 7 3 2 1 1 1
C Evan Nolte 21 7 3 1 1 1 1
C Jontel Evans 27 5 3 5 1 0 2
C Darion Atkins 18 6 4 0 0 1 1
C Paul Jesperson 26 5 2 1 1 1 1
C Mike Tobey 14 7 3 0 0 1 1
D+ Teven Jones 15 3 1 1 1 0 1
D+ Taylor Barnette 11 3 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Caid Kirven 2 0 1 0 0 0 1
D Thomas Rogers 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
D Doug Browman 7 0 1 1 0 0 1
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