Men's basketball preview capsule: Notre Dame vs. Duke

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WHO: Notre Dame (15-9; 6-7 ACC) vs. No. 7 Duke (21-3; 11-2).

WHERE: Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314), Durham, N.C.

WHEN: Saturday at 4 p.m.


RADIO: WSBT (960 AM/96.1 FM).

ONLINE: Follow every Notre Dame game with live updates from Tribune beat writer Tom Noie at

NOTING: Duke’s Tre Jones scored 13 points and Vernon Carey Jr., added 10 points and 10 rebounds in Monday’s 70-65 home victory over No. 8 Florida State. The Blue Devils overcame a season-high 21 turnovers. … Carey ranks fourth in the league in scoring (17.4), third in rebounding (8.8) and first in field goal percentage (.583). … Duke has won a league-high six straight games. … The Blue Devils are 5-1 at home in ACC play with the loss to No. 5 Louisville. … Duke has been ranked in every Associated Press poll this season. The Blue Devils have been as high as No. 1 (two weeks) and as low as 10. Duke has been ranked in 77 consecutive AP polls, second longest in the nation. … Duke returned one starter off last year’s team that finished 32-6, 14-4 and third place in the ACC. … The Blue Devils were picked this preseason to finish first in the ACC with 51 first-place votes. … Coach Mike Krzyzewski is 1,080-288 in his 40th season at Duke. … Duke has won at least 25 games in each of the last five years. … The Blue Devils lead the league in scoring offense (82.5 ppg.), scoring margin (+16.5), field goal percentage (.480), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.285) and blocked shots (5.88). … Duke leads the all-time series 25-7, 4-3 as ACC colleagues and 8-1 at Cameron. Notre Dame’s win in Durham was Jan. 16, 2016, 95-91. The Irish have lost five in a row in the series after winning three in a row and five of six. … Notre Dame and Duke rank first and second in the league in assists (16.9, 16.1). … This wraps a three-game road league swing in seven days for Notre Dame, which won Sunday at Clemson and lost Tuesday at Virginia. … Notre Dame is 0-4 against ranked teams this season, 0-3 in league play. … The Irish are 0-19 against ranked teams since their last win over Wichita State on Nov. 22, 2017. … Notre Dame has one more overall win and twice as many league wins than last season, when it finished 14-19, 3-15. … Duke enters the weekend in second place in the ACC, one game in the win column behind Louisville; Notre Dame is alone in seventh place.

QUOTING: “We’re going to have to score. We’re going to have to put up points. We’re going to have to make double-digit 3s and hopefully slow them down at spots enough to steal one. They’re really playing downhill and the energy in that building, it’s a different animal.” — Notre Dame coach Mike Brey on playing at Duke.

— Tom Noie

Notre Dame will need a big game from senior power forward John Mooney and several others Saturday to upset No. 7 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium.