No. 1 Duke welcomes Southern to Durham Friday
DURHAM, N.C. -- Southern University heads to Durham, North Carolina to face the No. 1 team in the country, Duke University.
This is the first time in program history, that Southern will face a #1 team in a regular season contest. This is the second consecutive season the Jags will face a top-five program. Southern fell to No. 4 Baylor 89-59 at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas. Jared Sam recorded a career-high 24 points.
Sam has been a bright spot for the Jags scoring 21 points versus Illinois and Marshall, recording a double-doubles in both games to open the season. Missouri State slowed Sam down, holding the senior forward to 25 percent shooting from the floor (3-12). It snaps Sam's double-figure scoring streak in 27 of his last 31 games dating back to last season's Sam Houston State game, when he scored 18 points on Nov. 17.
Duke comes into Friday's match-up off an 88-81 win over No. 2 Michigan State in the Champions Classic in Chicago. Duke has won 134 consecutive non-conference home game - the nation's longest active streak. Freshman guard Trevon Duval leads the nation with 30 assists.
Duke has sold out 424 consecutive games at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Southern and Duke have met only once before, in the first round of the 2006 NCAA Tourney, when Duke defeated Southern to advance to the NCAA Round of 32 with a 70-54 victory.
The match-up will be televised on Fox Sports Net.