The obvious statistic to scrutinize was the 20-point scorers.
Amazingly, despite all the accomplished teams and illustrious offensive performers who've represented Duke over the years, never before have four Blue Devils on the same squad each scored 20 points in the same game.
But against Bob McKillop's estimable Davidson Wildcats last Friday, both Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood chipped in 22 points, Quinn Cook had 21, and Rasheed Sulaimon had 20 coming off the bench in a 111-77 victory to open the 2013-14 season.
For Parker and Hood it was a handsome debut in a Duke uniform. The 22 points were a personal best for Hood, voted to the SEC All-Freshman team while at Mississippi State in 2011-12. Hood and Parker are expected to pace this year's squad in scoring, and did nothing to suggest otherwise in hitting 17 of 20 shots between them, including 5 of 5 on 3-pointers.
For Cook, a junior, and Sulaimon, a sophomore, it was the fourth time each had scored at least 20 in a game since arriving at Durham.
Even having three Duke players score 20 or more points in the same contest is rather unusual. We only went back to 2005, when the ACC last expanded. But over the intervening nine seasons there have been only four games in which three Blue Devils dropped a score of points on the opposition.
A SCORE OR MORE
|Year||Date||Teams, Result||20-Point Scorers In Same Game|
|2013||2/7||Duke 98-N.C. State 85||Mason Plumlee 30, Seth Curry 26, Quinn Cook 21|
|2012||1/19||Duke 91-Wake Forest 73||Andre Dawkins 21, Austin Rivers 20, Ryan Kelly 20|
|2010||3/6||Duke 82-UNC 50||Kyle Singler 25, Nolan Smith 20, Jon Scheyer 20|
|2005||2/12||Maryland 99-Duke 92||Shelden Williams 23, Daniel Ewing 23, J.J. Redick 21|
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