Duke Blue Devils (17-8, 8-6) vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-15, 2-12)
Game #26 • Home Game #13 • ACC Game #15 • Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023 • 7 p.m. ET
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314) • Durham, N.C.
Radio: Blue Devils Sports Network from LEARFIELD
Duke returns to Cameron Indoor Stadium, where it plays four of its next five games, Tuesday night for a match-up versus Notre Dame on ESPN’s Super Tuesday.
Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey is a former Duke assistant coach, serving under Mike Krzyzewski from 1987 to 1995. Brey was part of national titles in 1991 and 1992, six Final Fours, two ACC Tournament crowns and three ACC regular season titles. Duke averaged 27 wins with Brey on staff. Brey is 6-11 all-time versus Duke (0-1 at Delaware, 6-10 at ND).
Tuesday’s game is the 37th meeting in the series, with the Blue Devils leading, 28-8. Since joining the ACC, the series favors Duke, 9-6 (7-4 in the regular season) and the Blue Devils have won eight of the last nine. Four of the meetings have come in the ACC Tournament (2-2), with Duke winning 75-69 in the 2017 championship game and 88-70 in the 2018 quarterfinals — both in Brooklyn. Last season’s 57-43 Duke win at Notre Dame was the lowest scoring game in the all-time series as Paolo Banchero led all scorers with 21 points and nine rebounds.
Overall Duke leads, 28-8
In Durham, NC Duke leads, 9-2
at Cameron Indoor Stadium Duke leads, 9-2
In Notre Dame, IN Duke leads, 8-4
at Purcell Pavilion Duke leads, 8-4
Neutral Sites Duke leads, 11-2
Last Meeting Duke 57, @ND 43 (Jan. 31, 2022)
Last 10 Games in Series Duke leads, 8-2
Duke is 12-0 at Cameron Indoor — one of five remaining power conference teams that are unbeaten at home. By winning his first 12 home games, head coach Jon Scheyer has tied the ACC record for longest home court winning streak by a first-year head coach.
Duke has won eight of the last nine in the series and is 28-8 all-time versus Notre Dame. Duke has not lost in regulation with its full complement of scholarship players available (9-1); but is 8-7 in games where players were injured in-game or did not play due to injury or illness. Duke has held 21 teams below their season scoring average (17-4 in those games), including nine that scored a then-season low for points versus the Blue Devils. The Blue Devils are second in the conference in scoring defense (64.3), while Duke leads the ACC in three-point field goal defense (.302) and is fourth in field goal defense (.415).
The ACC’s best rebounding team, Duke ranks sixth nationally in rebound margin (+8.6), 12th in offensive rebounds (13.2) and 11th in rebounds per game (39.6) — leading the ACC in each. Duke has out-rebounded 20 opponents and is 16-4 this season when holding an advantage on the glass. Duke is 13-4 when leading in offensive rebounding. Duke leads the ACC in bench scoring (20.7) and is +147 in bench points (517-370) this season.
Junior guard Jeremy Roach (right) has scored 99 points over his last seven games (14.1) since returning from a toe injury, including 16.8 points over the last four games that saw him score 21 points in a win over Wake, 20 in a win over Carolina and 16 at No. 8 Virginia. Freshman Kyle Filipowski, the seven-time ACC Rookie of the Week, leads all conference freshmen in rebounding and double-doubles. His 11 double-doubles are the most by any freshman nationally, while his 9.2 rebounds lead all power conference freshmen. Freshman Tyrese Proctor is averaging 11.6 points over his last nine games after a 7.4 average over the first 16. Classmate Dariq Whitehead has scored 11.0 points over his last nine games played (missed four with an injury). He averaged 5.6 points in his first eight games played.
About Notre Dame
Notre Dame enters Tuesday with a 10-15 record, 2-12 in the ACC and currently 13th in the standings. The Irish are currently on a 3 game losing streak after dropping games to Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Virgina Tech. Notre Dame has had 4 losing streaks of 3 games or more this season so far. The Irish are second on the ACC in 3pt attempts and have made the second most in ACC play while being 6th in 3pt average as a team at 36.3%.
The Irish are led in scoring by Graduate Student Nate Laszewski who averages 14.9 points per game. Laszewski also leads the team in rebounding pulling down 7 per game – the 6’10 forward is also the teams best shooter from long range at 42.7%. Trey Wertz of the bench leads the Irish in assists at 3.1 per game.
The Irish bring a wealth of experience to the game starting 4 graduate students and bringing 2 talented guards in Trey Wertz and JJ Starling off the bench.
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.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
G Marcus Hammond 6’4, 188lbs Gr.
G Cormac Ryan 6’5, 195lbs Gs.
G Dane Goodwin 6’6, 214lbs Gs.
F Ven-Allen Lubin 6’8, 226lbs Fr.
F Nate Laszewski 6’10, 230lbs Gs.
From what I have watched of Notre Dame this season they are going to run a lot of stuff through Laszewski but also do a lot of using him as a decoy to get open 3’s for other guys. He has a ton of moves in the low and high post and is their teams best 3-point shooter. When Laszewski is on the perimeter Duke has to make him a driver or passer, when he’s around the paint Duke has to be physical with him. Guarding him can’t mean leaving others open. The Irish may not shoot an amazing percentage from 3 but they can knock down the open ones. Assuming Duke goes with Lively on him he will have to be able to guard him without fouling, that is a must.
The Irish have a lot of experience on their starting lineup and really move the ball well, very smart team but even when they bring in their second team with JJ Starling who is phenomenal at finishing around the rim. Not letting the Irish shooters get rhythm shots will be crucial, make them uncomfortable. The Blue Devils can utilize really good ball pressure to bother those perimeter passes and make sure they aren’t able to get catches where they are shot ready. Conversely on the offensive side of the basketball Duke should be able to put pressure on Laszewski as well as the other Irish defenders. Notre Dame isn’t a particularly great defensive team. The Blue Devils cannot have a repeat of the past couple of games where they are limiting their own possessions and giving the basketball away.
Stats Duke Needs to Win
Notre Dame turns the ball over and average of 8.7 times, the Blue Devils are at 12.6. Duke needs to take care of the basketball, limit turnovers and the points they give up points off of turnovers – that coupled with the extra possessions they will lose from those turnovers. They have to do a much better job.
The Blue Devils rebound the basketball 13.2 times on average on the offensive end to Notre Dame’s 6.8. Second chance points will be huge for Duke to offset the 3point shooting of Notre Dame.