#15 Duke Blue Devils (8-2) vs. Iowa Hawkeyes (6-1)
Game #11 • Neutral Game #5 • Tuesday, Dec. 6 • 9:30 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden (19,812) • New York, N.Y.
Radio: Blue Devils Sports Network from LEARFIELD // ESPN Radio
No. 15 Duke returns to Madison Square Garden for the Jimmy V Classic vs. Iowa Tuesday night. The Blue Devils are 3-0 in the Jimmy V Classic — beating Kentucky in 1998 and 2001 and Florida in 2016. Duke has won five straight and six of its last seven at MSG where it owns a 39-18 (.684) record all-time in the World’s Most Famous Arena. Tuesday’s game marks Duke’s third versus a Big Ten opponent over a four-game stretch, while Iowa will have faced three ACC foes over a 12-day span with Tuesday’s tilt.
Duke has won seven of the eight in the all-time series versus Iowa, but the teams have not met since an 80-62 Blue Devil victory in the 2001 ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Chicago.
Duke defeated Iowa in consecutive NCAA Tournament second-round games during the Blue Devils’ National Championship runs in 1991 and 1992. The 1991 win, 85-70, came in Minneapolis and the 1992 victory, 75-62, in Greensboro.
Overall Duke leads, 7-1
In Durham, NC Duke leads, 1-0
at Cameron Indoor Stadium Duke leads, 1-0
In Iowa City, IA Duke leads, 1-0
at Carver-Hawkeye Arena Duke leads, 1-0
Neutral Sites Duke leads, 5-1
Last Meeting Duke, 80-62 (Nov. 27, 2001)
Last 10 Games in Series Duke leads, 7-1
Duke is leading the ACC in both rebound margin (+9.9) and scoring defense (58.7). Duke and Iowa are two of the nation’s best teams at crashing the glass, each ranking in the top 40 in total rebounds per game — Duke 40th (40.2) and Iowa 34th (40.3). The Blue Devils have out-rebounded eight of their first 10 opponents and are eighth nationally in offensive rebounds (14.6), 10th in rebound margin (+9.9) and 40th in rebounding (40.3). 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.
Duke’s opponents to date own a combined record of 50-23 (.685) — the fourth toughest by a power conference team to date. The Blue Devils have faced three AP Top 25 teams in the regular season and battled No. 1 Houston in a closed scrimmage on the road in October.
Kyle 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 all 10 games. His 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds lead the team. The versatile 7-footer leads Duke in field goals, rebounds and steals. Filipowski’s five double-doubles are third most nationally and lead all Division-I freshmen.
Jeremy Roach is leading th3 team in assists at 3.6 per game to go along with his 12.2 points per game. The balanced Blue Devils saw eight different players average at least 8.0 points and 2.0 rebounds over two wins last week, led by Filipowski’s 12.5 and Tyrese Proctor’s 10.5. Freshman Tyrese Proctor is averaging 12.3 points over the last three games (4.5 points in first seven).
Iowa enters Tuesday with a 6 – 1 record, with their only loss suffered was in the the Emerald Coast Classic against TCU. No stranger to the ACC Iowa has already beaten both Clemson and Georgia Tech.
Iowa is tops in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.97) and rank second in the Big Ten and 12th nationally in scoring offense (86.4). The Hawkeyes have led the league in scoring fi ve of the last nine seasons, including the last four. Four Hawkeyes are shooting 50 percent or better from the field: Connor McCaffery (.571), Filip Rebraca (.533), Dasonte Bowen (.520), and Kris Murray (.514).
Junior Kris Murray leads the Hawkeyes in scoring at 21 points per game, he’s also averaging 10.6 rebounds to lead the team. Murray has four double-doubles this season, including a monster 31-point, 20-rebound in last week’s win over Georgia Tech — the third most boards by a D-I player this season, Murray also had four assists, four 3-pointers, and two blocks in the game. Guard Tony Perkins leads the team in assists per game at 3.5.
Fran McCaffery is in his 27th season as a head coach and is one victory from 500. He has amassed 248 wins at Iowa; 112 at Siena; 90 at UNC Greensboro; and 49 at Lehigh.
Duke Blue Devils
G Jeremy Roach 6’2, 180lbs Jr.
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.
G Tony Perkins 6’4, 225lbs Jr.
G Ahron Ulis 6’3, 190lbs Jr.
F Kris Murray 6’8, 220lbs Jr.
F Patrick McCaffery 6’9, 210lbs RsJr.
F Filip Rebraca 6’9, 230lbs Gr.
Iowa is a team that Duke cannot have offensive lulls against. They execute their offense with great efficiency and shoot the ball really well. This is going to be a game, like Bellarmine and like Kansas where defensively Duke needs to have their heads on a proverbial swivel. Iowa is elite in terms of passing and cutting and they take good shots. I think Iowa is susceptible to teams that move the ball well and teams that do a good job of driving and kicking, but for Duke that means hitting open shots. Best case scenario for Duke is to force turnovers and get some easy looks in the fast break – and continue to rebound the basketball as they have in most of their outings this season.
This will be a grow up game for the Blue Devils in one way or another