by Mike Potter
Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie has been serious about scheduling tough opponents ever since she first took the job.
The Blue Devils, ranked No. 3 in the latest AP poll, will put their undefeated (11-0) mark on the line against No. 4 and 10-0 Xavier.
The 11-0 mark is the best start in McCallie’s coaching career.
The series stands at one win apiece, with each team winning on the other’s home court. But the most recent meeting was 20 years ago.
The Blue Devils have won 37 straight home games in December.
Duke’s last loss at home to a team ranked lower than No. 3 in the country was to No. 4 Maryland during the 2007-08 season.
No. 3 Duke vs. No. 4 Xavier
[Tuesday, 7 p.m., Cameron Indoor Stadium]
Audio: WDNC 620.
Records: Duke 11-0; Xavier 10-0.
Coaches’ records — Duke: Joanne P. McCallie 409-170, 93-22 at Duke; XU: Kevin McGuff 195-70 at Xavier.
Leading scorers — Duke: Jasmine Thomas 14.2; XU: Amber Harris 20.0.
Leading rebounders — Duke: Krystal Thomas 8.4; XU: Ta’Shia Phillips 12.0.
Assist leaders — Duke: Jasmine Thomas 3.8; XU: Special Jennings 4.9.