Stats & Info: Andre Dawkins

Blue Devils look like a new team of late

February, 12, 2014
When the Duke Blue Devils meet the North Carolina Tar Heels on Wednesday, the Blue Devils will be a much improved team compared to a month ago.

Since a loss at Clemson on January 11, Duke has won seven of its last eight games with the only loss coming by two points in overtime at undefeated Syracuse.

The Blue Devils are now a completely different team. They have the most efficient offense in the country over the last month, averaging 128.5 points per 100 possessions.

They're grabbing more offensive rebounds, defending the post better, relying more on outside shooting, and using a deeper rotation. And Jabari Parker is playing like a star.

Here's a closer look at Duke's improvements.

Jabari Parker
After hitting a rough patch in the middle of the season where he averaged just 11 points per game on 32 percent shooting over a five-game stretch, Parker is dominating once again.

In his last seven games, Parker is averaging 20 points and 11 rebounds per game on 48 percent shooting.

During that span, 73 percent of his field-goal attempts have come in the paint. He’s scoring 12 paint points per game compared to three paint points per game in his previous four games.

Offensive Rebounding
Duke is grabbing 44 percent of its own misses over its last seven games, compared to an offensive rebound percentage below 30 percent in its first 17 games. The Blue Devils are averaging 16 offensive boards per game in the last seven games.

Their improved offensive rebounding has led to five more points per game on offensive rebound putbacks in the Blue Devils' last seven games compared to their first 17 games.

Post Defense
Using a smaller lineup that often included four guards and wing players along with one big man hurt the Blue Devils early in the season in terms of interior defense. But recently, the Blue Devils have improved their post defense.

Over their last seven games, they're holding teams to 37 percent shooting on post-up plays, compared to 52 percent shooting on post-up plays in their first 17 games.

Some of that has to do with Parker's much improved post defense, as he often has to guard an opposing big man. After allowing 64 percent shooting and 1.15 points per post-up play in his first 16 games, opponents are shooting just 22 percent and averaging 0.50 points per post-up play in his last eight games.

Outside Shooting
Duke has been on fire from beyond the arc lately. In the last four games, Duke is shooting 47 percent on 3-pointers and making 13 of them per game.

Much of their outside shooting success lately is thanks to Andre Dawkins and Rasheed Sulaimon. Dawkins is shooting 57 percent on 3-pointers in his last five games, and Sulaimon is shooting 55 percent on threes in his last eight games.

Deeper Rotation
Playing time for Dawkins and Sulaimon early in the season was inconsistent. Each of them even sat out an entire game at one point.

Lately, Dawkins and Sulaimon -- along with Amile Jefferson and Marshall Plumlee -- have gotten more playing time.

Jefferson and Plumlee have helped improve Duke's rebounding and defense. Dawkins and Sulaimon have helped the Blue Devils' outside shooting. Sulaimon has also taken on more of a ball-handler role, averaging 4.4 assists per game in his last eight games compared to 1.5 per game in his first 15 games.

Dawkins, Sulaimon, Jefferson and Plumlee combined are averaging 20 more minutes per game compared to the first 16 games.

During that span, the foursome is contributing 11 more points, two more offensive boards, 4 more assists, and two more 3-pointers per game.

Zone D, freshmen crucial in Duke-Syracuse

January, 31, 2014

Rich Barnes/USA TODAY SportsTyler Ennis' late-game play has helped Syracuse to an undefeated record.
On Saturday (6:30 PM ET, ESPN and WatchESPN), the second-ranked Syracuse Orange, off to a 20-0 start, host the 17th-ranked Duke Blue Devils in the first ACC meeting between the schools, and just their fifth meeting all-time.

Syracuse’s 20-0 start matches the 2011-12 team for the best in school history. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Syracuse is the first school to start 20-0 twice in a three-season span since the North Carolina Tar Heels did it in 1983-84 and 1985-86.

Duke, on the other hand, has won five straight games following a 1-2 start in ACC play.

What will be the keys for victory?

Duke vs Syracuse’s zone defense
Planning to take on Syracuse always involves trying to find a way to break Jim Boeheim’s zone defense.

The Orange have forced a turnover on 19% of defensive possessions in its zone defense this season. That’s the second-highest turnover percentage this season (minimum 500 plays), trailing only Arkansas Pine-Bluff.

Syracuse also has the only two players in the ACC averaging more than two steals per game: Tyler Ennis (2.5) and Trevor Cooney (2.2). Ennis is tied for 13th in all of Division I in that category.

Duke has had some success against zone defenses this season, averaging 0.98 points per play against zones, the third-best in the ACC.

Duke is fifth in Division I in 3-point field goal percentage this season (41.4%), but that number drops to 36 percent against zone defenses.

Battle of the freshmen
Both teams feature headline freshmen, Duke’s Jabari Parker and Syracuse’s Ennis.

Parker, one of seven Division I players averaging at least 18 points and eight rebounds per game this season, could have a big game facing a zone defense. He’s shooting 50.7 percent against zone defenses this season, the best in the ACC among players with at least 60 plays, and above his overall season average.

He is also on pace to do something no Duke freshman has ever done, lead the team in both scoring and rebounding. Austin Rivers (2011-12) and Johnny Dawkins (1982-83) are the only freshmen to lead the Blue Devils in scoring.

Ennis is not just one of the top freshmen in the country, but one of the top point guards period. His 3.9 assist-to-turnover ratio is fourth-best in the nation.

If it comes down to crunch-time, expect to see Ennis step up. In the last five minutes of games this season, he has 14 assists and no turnovers.

Dawkins magic number
The mark to hit for Duke’s Andre Dawkins is 10 points. This season, the Blue Devils are 10-0 when he scores in double figures, and 39-2 in his career.

He’s proven most effective on jump shots, with a 69.5 effective (or adjusted) field goal percentage on jump shots this season, third-best in Division I (minimum 90 attempts).

Thursday Recap: Freshman leads Aggies

February, 24, 2012
Player of the Night: Daniel Mullings
The freshman guard recorded New Mexico State’s first triple-double in 20 years, as the Aggies walked all over Hawaii, 115-73. Mullings finished with 28 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, all career-highs. He’d never even had a double-double before. William Benjamin recorded the Aggies last triple-double in 1992. Mullings is the first freshman with a triple-double since Wisconsin’s Josh Gasser last season.

Stat Sheet Stuffer: Ken Horton
Horton did a little bit of everything in Central Connecticut’s 78-63 win over Mount St. Mary’s. The Blue Devils' senior scored a career-high 39 points to go with 13 rebounds and five assists. Horton joins Villanova’s Maalik Wayns as the only players to reach all three of those totals in a game this season. Horton also added five steals. No one has reached those four totals in a game in, at least, the past 15 seasons. Horton stands just 81 points shy of 2,000 for his career. While one Blue Devil was scoring a career high, another Blue Devil was having a huge game off the bench for Duke.

Bench Star: Andre Dawkins
The junior scored 22 points in 21 minutes off the bench to lead Duke over Florida State, 74-66. Dawkins did most of his damage in the first half, scoring 18 points. Dawkins has come off the bench in half of his games this season, and actually has a higher scoring average as a reserve (10.4) than as a starter (9.4).

Scoring Star: Kevin Olekaibe
Olekaibe scored a career-high 43 points, including 25 in the second half, as Fresno State topped Seattle, 78-72. The 43 points set a school record for a regulation game, and it’s the most by a WAC player since Jaycee Carroll in 2007. Olekaibe also became the first Fresno State player to top 40 since Courtney Alexander in 2000.

Ugly Stat Line of the Night: Kyle Kuric
Louisville got next to nothing out of Kuric, and dropped a 60-56 decision at Cincinnati. Kuric went 0-for-11 from the field and missed all seven of his threes. It’s the worst shooting performance by a Louisville player in, at least, the past 15 seasons.

Ohio State Crafts Rout of Duke

November, 30, 2011
Two heavy hitters squared off Tuesday in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge as second-ranked Ohio State hosted fourth-ranked Duke.

Ohio State burst out of the gate with an 11-0 run and although Duke rallied early, the Buckeyes rolled to a 22-point rout over the Blue Devils. The victory gave Ohio State its 29th-straight home win, which is the fourth-longest active streak in Division I.

Jared Sullinger, who is one of five players in D-I averaging at least 19 points and 10 rebounds per game, led four Buckeyes in scoring with 21 points. Sullinger did most of his damage near the rim as het got 12 touches in the lane and went 6-9 with 12 points on possessions in that location.

Sullinger had 14 touches outside the lane and went 2-5 with eight points, as the Blue Devils had more success defending him away from the basket.

Aaron Craft chipped in 17 points and eight assists, but it was his defense that helped shut down Duke. Led by Craft, Ohio State held Duke to season lows in points and three-point field goals and did so by controlling the Blue Devils in the halfcourt.

Duke guards combined to score four points on 2-8 shooting when being defended by Craft with four turnovers. Entering the game, Craft had allowed opponents to shoot 25 percent from the floor as an on-ball defender this season, best in the Big Ten.

Entering this game Duke had won 35 consecutive games in the month of November, but the 22-point loss is Duke's worst in a regular season non-conference game since February 26, 1995, when they lost 100-77 to UCLA. It is also the Blue Devils’ second-worst loss ever against a current member of the Big Ten.

Austin Rivers scored a career-high 22 points in defeat. He and Mason Plumlee were the only two consistent offensive contributors as they combined for 38 points while the rest of the starters combined to score just seven and did not attempt a free throw.

Ryan Kelly who entered averaging 14.6 PPG and Andre Dawkins (10.1) were each held scoreless.

Duke’s next game is Wednesday versus Colorado State while Ohio State takes on Texas-Pan American on Saturday.