Duke vs Wake Forest College Preview
TUESDAY, FEB. 15, 2022 | CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM | DURHAM, NC | 7 PM ET
Overall Duke leads, 177-79
In Durham, NC Duke leads, 79-18 (64-16 at Cameron Indoor)
In Winston-Salem, NC Duke leads, 52-40 (19-12 at LJVM Coliseum)
Last Meeting Duke 76, Wake 64 (1/12/22 @ Wake)
Coach K vs. Wake Forest 58-25
Last 10 Games (Streak) Duke, 9-1 (Duke, 3W)
Play-by-Play Rece Davis
Analyst Debbie Antonelli
Sideline Brooke Weisbrod
Producer Todd Jones
Duke vs Wake Forest:
No. 9 Duke begins a crucial two-game homestand Tuesday night, welcoming Wake Forest in a battle of 20-win teams. Duke and Wake are meeting for the first time each as 20-win teams since Feb. 22, 2009 when a 21-5 Duke squad defeated 20-4 Wake Forest, 101-91, at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Wake is 20-6 and 10-5 in conference. Had won 3 in a row before losing to the Hurricanes. They have wins over UNC and UVA. Wake is second in the ACC in scoring, 3rd in blocked shots and 4th overall in rebounding they are first in field goal percentage.
Two of the ACC’s most complete teams meet Tuesday, as Duke and Wake Forest enter the game ranked first and second, respectively, in scoring margin and first and second, respectively, in field goal defense and first and second in assists.
Wake and Duke have two of the 50 tallest rosters in the nation — an average height of 78.5 inches for Wake (t-12th tallest) and 78.0 inches for Duke (t-43rd tallest).
Duke and Wake are first and third in scoring offense and first and third in three-point defense; first and fourth in blocked shots and second and fourth in rebounding margin. Wake and Duke are first and second in the ACC in field goal shooting. A grad transfer from Oklahoma, Alondes Williams averages 19.8 points, 5.2 assists and 6.9 rebounds to pace Wake in all three categories — his scoring average and assists per game also lead the ACC, while he ranks fourth in field goal percentage (.532).
Jake Laravia and Daivien Williams round out the double figure scorers at 14.4 and 12.8 respectively with Laravia contributing 6.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists as well.
The Blue Devils have won seven of their last eight, including five straight ACC road wins. Duke is in a first-place tie in the ACC and holds the tiebreaker over the three of the five teams within 1.5 games. Leading the ACC in both field goal defense (.402) and three-point defense (.291), the Blue Devils have allowed opponents to shoot .267 from three-point range since Jan. 1 (68-of-255) — the best three-point defense by power conference teams in that span. The Blue Devils are also leading the conference in rebounding, assists and blocked shots.
Duke is 18th nationally for the year in guarding the three-point line and 33rd in field goal defense, while ranking eighth in scoring margin (+15.2) and sixth in assist/turnover ratio (1.59). Duke has held 11 of its last 14 opponents — and 17 for the season — to .300 or worse from behind the arc (14-3 in those games).
Six-time ACC Freshman of the Week and the ACC’s lone representative on the late-season watch list for the Wooden Award, Paolo Banchero leads all power conference true freshman in scoring (17.0), rebounding (8.7) double-doubles (eight) and 20-point games (nine). Banchero’s last 10 games: 16.0 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists.
Paolo Banchero leads a group of 4 double-digit scorers, averaging 17 and 8.7 rebounds to lead the team. Wendell Moore leads the Blue Devils in assists at 4.4 per game, he also averages 13.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Trevor Keels and Mark Williams are also averaging in double figures for the Blue Devils with Keels at 12.1 and 3 assists and Williams at 10.4 points and 3 blocks per game. Keels is averaging a team-leading 15.3 points and shooting .541 from the field and .533 from three over the last four games, including 25 points and a career-high 11 rebounds at Clemson — just the sixth game in the Coach K era of player going for 25 and 10 with no turnovers. Duke is 15-1 this season when Keels scores in double digits.
Behind 24 points from Paolo Banchero and 22 from AJ Griffin, the Blue Devils won the first meeting at Wake Forest, 76-64, on Jan. 12. Alondes Williams scored a game-high 25 points, but Duke limited Wake to just 2-of-16 from three and forced 15 turnovers.
Duke vs Wake Forest: Keys to the Game
Wake comes into Cameron as another very experienced team and so once again the Blue Devils have to play play older. They cannot turn the ball over against the Demon Deacons. The games where Duke has secured the basketball they’ve won. Hopefully with a bit more rest and a return home after a grueling two game road trip the Blue Devils will be rejuvenated and can match the energy of a good Wake Forest team who come in as a 20 game winner.
DUKE VS WAKE FOREST COLLEGE OVERALL
DUKE VS WAKE FOREST CONFERENCE
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS
DUKE VS WAKE FOREST
Duke Blue Devils
G Jeremy Roach 6’1, 180lbs – Sophomore
G/ F Wendell Moore 6’5, 213lbs – Junior
F AJ Griffin 6’6, 222lbs – Freshman
F Paolo Banchero 6’10, 250lbs – Freshman
C Mark Williams 7’1, 242lbs – Sophomore
G Davien Williams 6’1, 180lbs – Senior
G Alondes Williams 6’5, 210lbs – Graduate Student
F Isaiah Mucius 6’8, 205lbs – Senior
F Jake LaRavia 6’8, 235lbs – Junior
C Dallas Walton 7’0, 230lbs – Graduate Student