Game Preview: Duke Blue Devils vs Wake Forest

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Duke (14-2, 2-2)

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Wake Forest (8-8, 1-3)

When: Jan. 13 | 12:00 PM (ET)
Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium - Durham, NC

Watch Live: ACC Network

Next up for a Duke Blue Devils team fresh off of their first road victory is a home game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Duke will look to extend their home winning streak this season to 9 games without a loss. Wake Forest enters Saturday with a 1 and 3 conference record with their last game being a loss to the Hokies of Virginia Tech (83-75). The Deacons are 8 and 8 overall this season and are currently ranked 12th within then conference. 6'3 junior guard Bryant Crawford leads Wake in scoring with a 15.8 a game average, he's also averaging 4.6 assists. Crawford gets help in the scoring column from his backcourt mate Keyshawn Woods who as a junior is scoring at a clip of 14.6 a game coming off the bench. Doral Moore is the Deacons leading rebounder at 8.1 a game and with a scoring average of 9.6 is nearly notching a double-double a game. Wake's starting lineup consists of senior guard Mitchell Wilbekin, senior forward Terrence Thompson, junior center Doral Moore, junior guard Bryant Crawford and freshman guard Chaundee Brown.

Wake has a decided depth advantage over the Blue Devils are are able to go 9-10 deep into their bench. While Duke tends to keep it 7-8. The formula of heavy starter minutes seemed to gas Duke in the loss at North Carolina State while using the bench (mostly from necessity) seemed to work very well for Duke on the road at Pitt - where the Devils put up 22 bench points. In Wakes last game, a loss to VA Tech, 37 of the Deacons 75 points came from the bench with Brandon Childress dropping 17.

At this time it is still unclear if Duke will be with or without the services of their key reserves in sophomores Marques Bolden and Javin DeLaurier, both missed the game at Pitt. The Devils rely heavily on starters for the bulk of their scoring, with freshman Marvin Bagley III leading the way, averaging 22.1 points a game and pulling down a team high 11.6 rebounds. Duke gets double figure efforts from each member of the starting line-up which includes senior Grayson Allen (16.4ppg, 4.3asst), freshman Wendell Carter Jr. (13.3ppg, 8.6 rbs), Gary Trent Jr. (13.1ppg) and Trevon Duval (12.5ppg, 6.2 asst).

For Duke to be successful:

It's more about what Duke does than it is about what Wake does to Duke. Duke has to do what it does best, rebound at a high level as Wake is not a particularly good rebounding team. Duke does need to chase the Demon Deacons off of the 3 point line. In the nation Wake is ranked 31st in 3pt field goal percentage and the soft rims of Cameron could lead to a hot shooting night if Duke does not defend in earnest. One of the biggest differences in how Duke played in the loss to NC State and the victor at Pitt was on the offensive end. Duke did a much better job at Pitt of relocating, and making the defense work. The play offensively for Duke is to go to Marvin Bagley and everyone that Duke plays knows that but if the Duke guards to a good job of moving without that basketball and not just ball watching they will provide the bigs with a target in case of a double team but they will also help to get themselves into a rhythm shot - the chances of that shot being open are much more likely when the guards are moving.

Projected Starting Lineups:

Duke:

F Marvin Bagley III
F Wendell Carter Jr.
G Gary Trent Jr.
G Grayson Allen
G Trevon Duval

 

Wake Forest:

F Terrance Thompson
C Doral Moore
G Mitchell Wilbekin
G Bryant Crawford
G Chaundee Brown

Duke FG Percentage
51.4%
Wake Forest FG Percentage
45.8%
Duke 3pt Percentage
36.1%
Wake Forest 3pt Percentage
39.5%
Duke FT Percentage
69%
Wake Forest FT Percentage
74%
Duke Scoring Average
93.5
Wake Forest Scoring Average
77
  • No. 7 Duke and Wake Forest meet for the 248th time on the hardwood Saturday afternoon at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

  • The Blue Devils are the only team ranked among the NCAA’s top 10 in scoring (93.5; 2nd), rebounds (44.1; 1st) and assists (20.1, 2nd). The Blue Devils are also second nationally in rebound margin (+11.8) and sixth in field goal pct. (.514).

  • Marvin Bagley III leads the ACC in scoring (22.1) and rebounding (11.8) and is tied for second in the NCAA in double-doubles (13). Trevon Duval leads the ACC in assists (6.25), while Grayson Allen is second in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.00).

  • Allen has been named one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, while Bagley and Allen are two of 25 nationally on the Wooden Award Midseason List.

  • Wake Forest enters the contest with an 8-8 overall record and 1-3 in the ACC.

  • Bryant Crawford leads the Demon Deacon in scoring (16.4) and has a team-high 70 assists. Keyshawn Woods is the only other Demon Deacon averaging double figures in scoring (14.8).

  • It will be the 248th meeting between Duke and Wake Forest, breaking a tie with NC State for Duke’s most frequently played rival.

  • The Blue Devils lead the series versus Wake, 169-78 and have won six straight. Last year saw Duke beat the Demon Deacons twice, a 99-94 win at home and an 85-83 victory on the road. Luke Kennard led Duke in scoring in both games, pouring in 34 points on the road and 23 at home.

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