Duke offense peaking at ideal time

Mike Krzyzewski's Duke Blue Devils have averaged 81.5 points per game over their past 11 games. AP Photo

Congratulations, Mike Krzyzewski. The next time you run into your former assistant and current Notre Dame coach Mike Brey, you have bragging rights. During this impressive 11-game winning streak, Duke has been scoring at such a high rate that it just barely surpassed the Fighting Irish at the tape, so to speak, for the title of best offense in the ACC.

The Blue Devils recorded 1.17 points per possession in conference play this season, a hair better than ND's 1.15. Of course, another salient point about such numbers is that these are clearly two of the best offenses in the entire country. But if you had to pick just one such unit out of the ACC that is showing the momentum and consistency to power a team all the way to the Final Four in Indianapolis, I'd recommend choosing Coach K's guys.

The best offensive rebounding team in the ACC is ... Duke?

I know you've heard all season long that North Carolina is possibly the best offensive rebounding team in the country, and the Tar Heels do excel in that department. But over the course of that aforementioned 11-game win streak, it's actually been Duke that has been superior on the offensive glass. During that run, the Blue Devils have pulled down 38 percent of their misses, a number that's slightly higher than what we saw from UNC over the course of the ACC season (37.3).

While it's true that Coach K has just -- say it along with me -- eight scholarship players available, three of those guys happen to be excellent offensive rebounders: Jahlil Okafor, Amile Jefferson and Marshall Plumlee.