#15 Duke Blue Devils (9-2) vs. Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks (3-6)
Game #12 • Home Game #7• Saturday, Dec. 10 • 5:30 p.m. ET
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314) • Durham, N.C.
TV: ACC Network
Radio: Blue Devils Sports Network from LEARFIELD
No. 15 Duke welcomes Maryland Eastern Shore to Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday in the Blue Devils’ final non-conference game of the regular season. Duke enters on a three-game winning streak and is 6-0 at Cameron Indoor this season. Duke head coach Jon Scheyer has announced that junior Jeremy Roach will miss Saturday’s game versus Maryland Eastern Shore with a toe injury.
The Blue Devils have played 12 games in 33 days against one of the nation’s toughest schedules. Duke’s past opponents own a combined record of 62-25 (.713) — eighth toughest nationally and third toughest by a power conference team. Duke is leading the ACC in rebounding (40.6), rebound margin (+9.9), offensive rebounds (14.3) and is second scoring defense (59.0) — top 30 nationally in every category. Four of Duke’s last five games have come against teams ranked top-10 in KenPom offensive efficiency — Purdue (rated first), Ohio State (third), Iowa (sixth) and Xavier (ninth). Duke has held six teams overall to their season low for points, including Iowa (21 below) and Xavier (20). The Blue Devils have out-rebounded nine of their first 11 opponents, including seven by double-digit margins. Duke opened the season with a double-digit rebound margin in each of the first six games — the longest such stretch (at any point in a season) in program history. Kyle Filipowski is leading the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding with 14.9 points per game and 9.4 rebounds. Filipowski — the first player all-time to be named ACC Rookie of the Week in each of a season’s first four weeks, has scored in double figures in every game. The versatile 7-footer leads Duke in field goals, rebounds and steals. Filipowski’s six double-doubles are tied for third nationally and lead all Division-I freshmen.
Jeremy Roach leads Duke in assists at 3.5 per game. The Blue Devils have seven players averaging at least 5.6 points and 2.4 rebounds this season, led by Filipowski’s 14.9 and Jeremy Roach’s 13.1. Four different Blue Devils have led the team in scoring over the last five games. Freshman Mark Mitchell leads in Duke in 3pt% at 42.9%. Mitchell has 32 points and is 12-of-15 from the field over the last two games. He is Duke’s third leading scorer (10.2) and second leading shooter overall (.524).
About MD Eastern Shore
Maryland Eastern Shore and Duke have never met in men’s basketball. The Hawks are 3-6 this season after going 11-16 last season and 6-8 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Kevon Voyles and Zion Styles lead the team in scoring at 11.3 and 11.1 points, respectively, while Nathaniel Powell averages a team-best 7.1 rebounds, along with his 7.9 points. UMES lost at Virginia, 72-45, on Nov. 25. The Hawks are in the top half in the country in steals averaging 8.6 per game.
Fourth-year head coach Jason Crafton was an assistant in the NBA’s G-League for one year and the head coach at his alma mater, Nyack College from 2012-18. He began his coaching career as an assistant at both Navy and Villanova.
Duke Blue Devils
G Jaylen Blakes 6’2, 200lbs So.
G Tyrese Proctor 6’5, 175lbs Fr.
F Mark Mitchell 6’8, 220lbs Fr.
F Kyle Filipowski 7’0, 230lbs Fr.
F Dereck Lively 7’1, 230lbs Fr.
MD Eastern Shore Hawks
G Ahamadou Fofana 6’1, 175lbs Gs.
G Kevon Voyles 6’3, 181lbs Sr.
G Da’Shawn Phillip 6’5, 172lbs Sr.
F Nathaniel Pollard, Jr. 6’5, 225lbs Gs.
F Kohen Thompson 6’7, 205lbs Sr.
MD Eastern Shore isn’t a team that should be able to keep up with Duke and I expect Coach Jon Scheyer to utilize more Dereck Lively and more Dariq Whitehead in this game. This could be an excellent game for them to work on cohesiveness and to get them both going on the offensive end. This could also be a game where Duke, if they can grab and hold an early lead, can work in both Christian Reeves and Jaden Schutt.