Just over three weeks ago, the Duke Blue Devils completed their 105th season of college basketball with the fourth national championship in school history. Let’s take a look at thirty-five numbers for each of the Devils’ wins during the magical run that was the 2009-2010 season.
35 victories in the 2009-2010 season. Tied for the 2nd most all time in victories, only behind the 1985-1986 and 1998-1999 squads.
34.7%: Seth Curry’s percentage from 3 his freshman year at Liberty. Can’t wait ‘til he joins the lineup next year. Though he couldn’t play this year as per transfer policy, his impact on the team was nevertheless present. Seth often played the role of the best player on the other team during practice, and Nolan’s defense improved greatly from having to guard Seth.
33 =16 points + 17 rebounds for Brian Zoubek, February 13th, 2010. Zoubs’s huge performance propelled the Devils to a 21-point victory over Maryland in Coach K’s 1000th game with Duke. The game served as a model of what we would come to expect from Z for the rest of the season.
32 – the difference between 82 and 50. This was the largest margin of victory in the rivalry in over 45 years, and the biggest victory against UNC in Cameron’s 75-year history.
31 points poured in by Jon Scheyer in his hometown of Chicago, when the Devils matched up against the Iowa State Cyclones in the United Center on January 6th. Scheyer had over 500 friends and family members in attendance.
30 victories in the Duke whites this season. 3-0 in Madison Square Garden, 1-0 in the United Center, 17-0 at home, 3-0 in the ACC Tournament, and 6-0 in the NCAA Tournament.
29 points for Nolan Smith – a career high – on March 28th as he led the Devils to victory over the Baylor Bears and back to the Final Four for the first time since ’04. After dedicating the game to his late father, Nolan put together his best performance of the year.
28th nationally in scoring defense were the Devils this year, allowing a mere 61 points per game. As the adage goes, offense wins games, but defense wins championships.
27 offensive rebounds for Brian Zoubek in the Big Dance. This was the largest total by any player in postseason play this year. Who was in 2nd for the tourney? None other than Lance Thomas, who finished with 20 offensive boards.
26 days into 2010, Pat Forde claimed that Duke was the one team in the Top 10 that could NOT win it all. Forde must be enjoying his crow right about now.
25 minutes per game for Lance Thomas, 7 more than he had averaged in any previous year. Lance’s intensity on the court was key to the team’s success, particularly on the defensive end. LT took 16 charges during the season, the most by anyone on the team.
24 ACC championships during the Coach K era. The regular season and tournament championships this year pushed the totals to 12 and 12.
23 free throw attempts, 22 made. As part of the 32-point domination against UNC this year, the Devils shot 95.7% from the line, the 14th best performance from the line in Division I this year (Minimum 85% and 15 made).
22 times this year, Duke held opponents under 60 points. Two of these instances came on the biggest stage possible, against West Virginia and Butler in Indy.
21 points was the difference between the Blue Devils and the Mountaineers of West Virginia when they faced off in the Final Four. The point margin was the second largest for a National Semifinal in the modern era, trailing only the Kansas Jayhawks’ 33-point victory over Dwyane Wade and Marquette back in 2003.
20 points scored by the young Andre Dawkins in his fourth game at the college level. The performance, in which ‘Dre made 6 of 8 from downtown, was his season-high.
19 more rebounds for Brian Zoubek in 2009-2010 than his total count for his first three years at Duke. He finished with 71 in his freshman campaign, 86 as a sophomore, and 133 as a junior – totaling 290. This year, Big Z cashed in with 309 boards.
18 three pointers made on November 21st, 2009, when Duke defeated Radford at home. The total tied a Duke record.
17 victories in Cameron this year, a feat no other Duke team has accomplished.
16 points was Duke’s average point differential per game, good for fourth best in the country.
15 times in 2009-2010 that Earth (Kyle), Wind (Nolan), and Scheyer each had at least 15 points. Jon, Kyle, and Nolan were the most productive trio in the country.
14 turnovers forced per game by one of the nation’s stingiest defenses. By comparison, opponents forced an average of 11 Duke turnovers per game, a total that was the 18th lowest in the country.
13 times this year Big Z reached double-figures in rebounding, including 4 of the 6 NCAA Tournament games. We can never say enough how much he meant to this team.
12 times during the regular season #12 scored 20 or more points. Duke could always look to Kyle throughout the year to carry the team when others’ shots weren’t falling. He continued that trend into postseason play, scoring 20+ in 5 of the 9 games and 15+ in all but 1.
11 and 1 in Elite Eight games under Coach K. the only blemish to his near-perfect record came in 1998 to Kentucky, who went on to win the National Championship. Since then, Kentucky has failed to return to the Final Four, while Duke has reached the promised land four times, winning the National Championship twice. In K We Trust.
10 straight wins rounded out the 2009-2010 season. Duke finished the season having won 18 of their final 19 games.
9 points per game – the difference between the sophomore and junior campaigns of Nolan Smith, which was the 2nd best increase in the ACC.
8 three pointers made by Kyle Singler against Georgia Tech on February 4th. Against the Yellow Jackets, Kyle poured in a career high 30 points.
7 games the Plumtrees combined for 3 or more blocks. We’ll look forward to even more production from them next year.
6 out of those 22 games mentioned above, the Devils held opponents to under 50 points, including one at Littlejohn where the team avenged a 27-point loss from the year before.
Five victories in league play for our baby-blue brethren, compared to the 7 McDonald’s All-Americans on their roster.
Four National Championships for Michael William Krzyzewski, more than any active coach. Only John Wooden has totaled more national championships than our very own Coach K.
Three assists for every one turnover by Jon Scheyer, whose transition from the two slot to the point was nearly flawless. Not only was he adept at the point – he was one of the best point guards in the nation.
2nd in Division I in three point defense . Opponents shot 28.3% from beyond the arc against Duke, the lowest percentage for a Duke team ever.
And last, but not least…
One Shining Moment.