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National Champions

NIT Tip-Off Champions ACC Regular Season Co-Champions ACC Tournament Champions

NCAA, South Region Champions (#1 Seed)
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches #1
2009–10 record 35–5 (13–3 ACC)
Head coach Mike Krzyzewski
Assistant coach Chris Collins
Assistant coach Steve Wojciechowski
Assistant coach Nate James
Home arena Cameron Indoor Stadium
Seasons
«2008–09 2010–11 »
2009–10 Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball season
v •d •e Conf Overall
Team W L PCT W L PCT
#3 Duke † 13 3 .813 35 5 .875
#20 Maryland 13 3 .813 24 9 .727
Florida State 10 6 .625 22 10 .688
Virginia Tech 10 6 .625 25 9 .735
Wake Forest 9 7 .563 20 11 .645
Clemson 9 7 .563 21 11 .656
Georgia Tech 7 9 .438 23 13 .639
Boston College 6 10 .375 15 16 .484
Virginia 5 11 .313 15 16 .484
North Carolina 5 11 .313 20 17 .541
NC State 5 11 .313 20 16 .556
Miami 4 12 .250 20 13 .606

ACC Tournament winner As of April 1, 2010 • Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009–10 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represented Duke University in the 2009–10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Led by Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski, the Blue Devils won the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, claiming the school's fourth national title.

Duke led the ACC in scoring margin (+16.2), free throw percentage (.761), 3-point field goal percentage (.382), 3-point field goal defense (.278), 3-point field goals made (7.4 per game), rebounding margin (+6.5), and offensive rebound percentage (.410).[1]

All-American point guard Jon Scheyer was the team leader in points per game (18.2), assists (4.9), free throw percentage (.878), and steals per game (1.6), forward Kyle Singler led in 3-point field goal percentage (.399), center Brian Zoubek led in rebounds per game (7.6), and reserve forward Mason Plumlee led in blocks per game (.9).[2]

Individual-game season-highs were Scheyer in points (36), assists (11), and steals (5; twice), Singler in 3-point field goals (8), Zoubek in rebounds (17), and Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly in blocks (4).[3]

Scheyer , Singler, and Nolan Smith became the second trio in Duke history to each score at least 600 points in a season. In 2001–02, Jason Williams, Carlos Boozer, and Mike Dunleavy, Jr. first accomplished that feat for Duke.[4] Scheyer (728) and Singler (707) became second duo in Duke history to each score over 700 points in one season.[5] The other two players to each surpass 700 points in the same season were Jason Williams (841) and Shane Battier (778) on the 2001 national championship team.[5]

Coach K said: I've said throughout the year they were good, then they were really good, then they were really good with great character. But I told them [after the championship game] before we said a prayer, that: 'You are a great team.'[6]


Pre-season[]

Recruiting[]

Name Hometown High School / College Height Weight (lb) Commit date
Mason Plumlee

C

Warsaw, IN Christ School (NC) 6′11″ 220 2/27/08
Scout: Rivals: ESPN grade: 98
Andre Dawkins

SG

Chesapeake, VA Atlantic Shores Christian School 6′5″ 196 6/26/08
Scout: Rivals: ESPN grade: 95
Ryan Kelly

PF

Raleigh, NC Ravenscroft School 6′10″ 210 10/9/08
Scout: Rivals: ESPN grade: 97
Overall Recruiting Rankings:

Roster[]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown High School
Seth Curry† 3 G 6'1" 175 Sophomore Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Christian
Olek Czyz‡ 13 F 6'7" 240 Sophomore Reno, Nevada Reno
Jordan Davidson 41 G 6'1" 180 Graduate Student Melbourne, Arkansas Blair Academy (NJ)
Andre Dawkins 20 G 6'4" 190 Freshman Chesapeake, Virginia Atlantic Shores Christian
Steve Johnson 51 F 6'5" 210 Junior Colorado Springs, Colorado Cheyenne Mountain
Ryan Kelly 34 F 6'10" 220 Freshman Raleigh, North Carolina Ravenscroft
Casey Peters 53 G 6'4" 185 Junior Red Bank, New Jersey Red Bank Regional
Mason Plumlee 5 F 6'10" 230 Freshman Warsaw, Indiana Christ School (NC)
Miles Plumlee 21 F 6'10" 240 Sophomore Warsaw, Indiana Christ School (NC)
Jon Scheyer 30 G 6'5" 190 Senior Northbrook, Illinois Glenbrook North
Kyle Singler 12 F 6'8" 230 Junior Medford, Oregon South Medford
Nolan Smith 2 G 6'2" 185 Junior Upper Marlboro, Maryland Oak Hill Academy (VA)
Lance Thomas 42 F 6'8" 225 Senior Scotch Plains, New Jersey St. Benedict's Prep
Todd Zafirovski 52 F 6'8" 240 Freshman Lake Forest, Illinois Lake Forest Academy
Brian Zoubek 55 C 7'1" 260 Senior Haddonfield, New Jersey Haddonfield Memorial

† Curry transferred from Liberty University before the season and thus was ineligible to play during the 2009–10 season, per NCAA rules.

‡ Czyz transferred to the University of Nevada, Reno in mid-season.

Rankings[]

Main article: 2009–10 NCAA Division I men's basketball rankings

Ranking Movement Legend: ██ Improvement in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week. rv=Others receiving votes.
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 WK 17 Wk 18 Final
AP 9 9 7 6 8 7 7 7 5 8 7 8 10T 8 6 5 4 4 3 1
Coaches 8 8 7 5 8 7 7 7 5 7 6 7 9 7 6 5 4 4 3 1
== Schedule==
Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Record
Fri, Oct 16 7:30 pm Blue-White Scrimmage Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC Cable 13
Exhibition
Sat, Oct 24* 6:30 pm Pfeiffer Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC Cable 13 W 128–70
Tue, Nov 3* 7:00 pm Findlay #9 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC Cable 13 W 84–48
Regular Season
Fri, Nov 13* 7:00 pm UNC Greensboro #9 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC FSS W 96–62 1–0
Mon, Nov 16* 7:00 pm Coastal Carolina #9 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC

(NIT Tip-Off First Round)

ESPNU W 74–49 2–0
Tue, Nov 17* 6:00 pm UNC Charlotte #9 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC

(NIT Tip-Off Second Round)

ESPN2 W 101–59 3–0
Sat, Nov 21* 3:00 pm Radford #9 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 104–67 4–0
Wed, Nov 25* 7:00 pm vs. Arizona State #7 Madison Square Garden • New York, NY

(NIT Tip-Off Semi-Final)

ESPN2 W 64–53 5–0
Fri, Nov 27* 5:00 pm vs. #13 Connecticut #7 Madison Square Garden • New York, NY

(NIT Tip-Off Final)

ESPN W 68–59 6–0
Wed, Dec 2* 9:15 pm @ Wisconsin #6 Kohl Center • Madison, WI

(ACC – Big Ten Challenge)

ESPN L 73–69 6–1
Sat, Dec 5* 3:30 pm St. John's #6 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC ESPN2 W 80–71 7–1
Tue, Dec 15* 7:00 pm Gardner–Webb #7 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC ESPN2 W 113–68 8–1
Sat, Dec 19* 4:00 pm vs. #15 Gonzaga #7 Madison Square Garden • New York, NY CBS W 76–41 9–1
Tue, Dec 29* 7:00 pm Long Beach State #7 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC FSS W 84–63 10–1
Thu, Dec 31* 6:00 pm Pennsylvania #7 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC ESPN2 W 114–55 11–1
Sun, Jan 3 7:45 pm #18 Clemson #7 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC FSN W 74–53 12–1 (1–0)
Wed, Jan 6* 10:00 pm vs. Iowa State #5 United Center • Chicago, IL ESPN2 W 86–65 13–1
Sat, Jan 9 2:00 pm @ #20 Georgia Tech #5 Alexander Memorial Coliseum • Atlanta, GA ESPN L 71–67 13–2 (1–1)
Wed, Jan 13 7:00 pm Boston College #8 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC ESPN W 79–59 14–2 (2–1)
Sun, Jan 17 8:00 pm Wake Forest #8 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC FSN W 90–70 15–2 (3–1)
Wed, Jan 20 9:00 pm @ NC State #7 RBC Center • Raleigh, NC Raycom L 88–74 15–3 (3–2)
Sat, Jan 23 9:00 pm @ #17 Clemson #7 Littlejohn Coliseum • Clemson, SC ESPN W 60–47 16–3 (4–2)
Wed, Jan 27 9:00 pm Florida State #8 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC ESPN W 70–56 17–3 (5–2)
Sat, Jan 30* 1:00 pm @ #7 Georgetown #8 Verizon Center • Washington, DC CBS L 89–77 17–4
Thu, Feb 4 7:00 pm #21 Georgia Tech #10 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC ESPN2 W 86–67 18–4 (6–2)
Sat, Feb 6 2:00 pm @ Boston College #10 Conte Forum • Chestnut Hill, MA ESPN W 66–63 19–4 (7–2)
Wed, Feb 10 9:00 pm @ North Carolina #8 Dean Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC

(Carolina–Duke rivalry)

ESPN/Raycom W 64–54 20–4 (8–2)
Sat, Feb 13 1:00 pm Maryland #8 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC

(Duke–Maryland rivalry)

CBS W 77–56 21–4 (9–2)
Wed, Feb 17 7:00 pm @ Miami #6 BankUnited Center • Coral Gables, FL ESPN W 81–74 22–4 (10–2)
Sun, Feb 21 7:45 pm Virginia Tech #6 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC FSN W 67–55 23–4 (11–2)
Thu, Feb 25* 7:00 pm Tulsa #5 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC ESPN W 70–52 24–4
Sun, Feb 28 7:45 pm @ Virginia #5 John Paul Jones Arena • Charlottesville, VA FSN W 67–49 25–4 (12–2)
Wed, Mar 3 9:00 pm @ #22 Maryland #4 Comcast Center • College Park, MD

(Duke–Maryland rivalry)

ESPN L 79–72 25–5 (12–3)
Sat, Mar 6 9:00 pm North Carolina #4 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC

(Carolina–Duke rivalry)

ESPN W 82–50 26–5 (13–3)
ACC Tournament
Fri, Mar 12 12:00 pm vs. Virginia #4 Greensboro Coliseum • Greensboro, NC

(Quarterfinals)

ESPN/Raycom W 57–46 27–5
Sat, Mar 13 1:30 pm vs. Miami #4 Greensboro Coliseum • Greensboro, NC

(Semifinals)

ESPN/Raycom W 77–74 28–5
Sun, Mar 14 1:00 pm vs. Georgia Tech #4 Greensboro Coliseum • Greensboro, NC

(Final)

ESPN/Raycom W 65–61 29–5
NCAA Tournament
Fri, March 19* 7:25 PM vs. (#16 SR) Arkansas–Pine Bluff #3 (#1 SR) Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena • Jacksonville, FL

(First round)

CBS W 73–44 30–5
Sun, March 21* 5:15 PM vs. (#8 SR) California #3 (#1 SR) Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena • Jacksonville, FL

(Second round)

CBS W 68–53 31–5
Fri, March 26* 9:57 PM vs. #10 (#4 SR) Purdue #3 (#1 SR) Reliant Stadium • Houston, TX

(Sweet Sixteen)

CBS W 70–57 32–5
Sun, March 28* 5:05 PM vs. #19 (#3 SR) Baylor #3 (#1 SR) Reliant Stadium • Houston, TX

(Elite Eight)

CBS W 78–71 33–5
Sat, April 3* 8:47 PM vs. #6 (#2 ER) West Virginia #3 (#1 SR) Lucas Oil Stadium • Indianapolis, IN

(Final Four)

CBS W 78–57 34–5
Mon, April 5* 9:21 PM vs. #8 (#5 WR) Butler #3 (#1 SR) Lucas Oil Stadium • Indianapolis, IN

(National Championship Game)

CBS W 61–59 35–5
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP. All times are in Eastern Time. [7] SR=South Region, ER=East Region, WR=West Region.

Accomplishments[]

  • 17-0 at home
  • 13-0 on neutral courts
  • NIT Season Tip-Off Champions
  • ACC Regular season Co-Champions
  • ACC Tournament Champions, two in a row and 9 out of the last 12
  • 15th consecutive NCAA tournament
  • NCAA Champions, fourth in school history
  • National Titles in three straight decades
  • Mike Krzyzewski ties Adolph Rupp of Kentucky for second most NCAA titles by a Division I head coach[8]
  • Played in national championship game 4 of the last 12 seasons
  • 15th Final Four appearance and 10th out of the last 23 years
  • 35 victories is tied for third most in Duke history
  • 65 victories the past two seasons, most in the NCAA

Team highs[]

  • Most Points Scored: 114 vs. Pennsylvania, 12/31
  • Highest Point Differential: 59 vs. Pennsylvania, 12/31
  • Most Field Goals Made: 43 vs. Gardner-Webb, 12/15
  • Most Three Point Field Goals: 18 vs Radford, 11/21
  • Most Rebounds: 56 vs. University of Connecticut, 11/27
  • Most Assists: 27 vs. Gardner-Webb, 12/15
  • Highest Assist-to-Turnover Ratio: 3.33 vs. West Virginia, 4/3 (Elite Eight; 20 assists to 6 turnovers)
  • Most Blocks: 10 vs. Long Beach State, 12/29

Individual season highs[]

  • Most Points: 36, Jon Scheyer vs. Gardner-Webb, 12/15
  • Most Offensive Rebounds: 8, Brian Zoubek three times and Lance Thomas vs. Baylor (3/28)
  • Most Defensive Rebounds: 10, Miles Plumlee vs. Charlotte (11/17) and Brian Zoubek vs. Purdue (3/26)
  • Most Three-Point Field Goals: 8, Kyle Singler vs. Georgia Tech, 2/4
  • Most Assists: 11, Jon Scheyer vs. Pennsylvania, 12/31
  • Most Steals: 5, Jon Scheyer three times, Brian Zoubek at Miami
  • Most Blocks: 4, Ryan Kelly vs. Gonzaga (12/19) and Mason Plumlee vs. Long Beach State (12/29)

ACC season leaders[]

  • Scheyer set the ACC all-time single-season record for minutes played (1,470).
  • Scheyer led the ACC in assist/turnover ratio (3.0; 2nd-best in Duke history), free throw percentage (.878; 7th-best in Duke history), and 3-point FGs made (2.8 per game.

Individual honors[]

  • Jon Scheyer was a 2009–10 consensus All-American (Second Team), a Wooden and Lowe’s Senior First Team All-American, and was named to the Associated Press, USBWA, National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), and Sporting News All-America second teams
  • Scheyer was also an ACC All-Tournament First Team pick and an NCAA South All-Regional and All-Final Four Team selection, was named to the NABC and USBWA 2009–10 All-District teams, and was awarded the NABC Senior Achievement Award
  • Kyle Singler made the Sporting News All-America fifth team
  • Singler was voted as the Final Four Most Outstanding Player. Scheyer and Nolan Smith were named to the All-Final Four Team.
  • Scheyer (unanimous) and Singler were first team All-ACC
  • Nolan Smith was second team All-ACC
  • Lance Thomas named to ACC All-Defensive Team
  • Brian Zoubek and Ryan Kelly named to ACC All-Academic Team
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