SAT., OCT. 30, 2021 | CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM (9,314) | DURHAM, NC | 1:30 PM
Overall: Duke leads, 1-0 (EXHIBITION)
In Durham, NC: (at Cameron Indoor) Duke leads, 1-0 (1-0)
In Winston-Salem, NC: (at C.E. Gaines Center) 0-0
Last Meeting: Duke, 69-45 (11/1/12 @ Duke)
Coach K vs. Winston-Salem State: 1-0
Last 10 Games in Series: (Streak) Duke, 1-0 (Duke, 1W)
Play-by-Play: Ryan Craig
Analyst: Debbie Taylor
Producer: Katie Bessell
Network: Blue Devil Sports
Play-by-Play: Chris Edwards
Analyst: John Roth
Engineer: John Rose
Stream: GoDuke.com; Varsity app
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ACC Network Extra (game link)
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The Winston-Salem State Rams have not laced them up against competition since Feb. 29, 2020 and when they last dud they beat Fayetteville to win the school’s 12th conference title. Unfortunately they didn’t get the chance to defend their title last year due to the season cancellation due to Covid-19.
Winston-Salem finished the 2019-20 season 19-10, which included 13 wins in its final 15 games. In that regard the Rams are defending champions even with 11 newcomers. They still have 4 players that were part of that championship run in Jon Hicklin, Xavier Fennell, Shamon Jackson and Jaylin Parker. They will be without their leading scorer from their championship, Jaylen Alston, who averaged 12.5 points in 29 minutes a game.
They have added transfer Cameron Campbell who made the All-CIAA Preseason team to bolster their guard depth. With his addition the Rams boast 3 senior guards in their top 6 players. The jury is still out as to whether they Rams will play 1 or 2 post players but only have 3 players above 6’7 with the tallest being 6’9 senior Rasheen Merlin. The Rams will lean on their experience and defense to try to curb the Blue Devils.
Defense has been a staple for the Rams and a point of emphasis for Cleo Hill Jr’s team. I expect them to get up in on Duke guards and pressure the ball as much as possible, the advantage that the Rams have if any is experience in the backcourt. They will attempt to maximize that and force Duke into turnovers and easy buckets.
Duke is no stranger to loads of returnees with the Blue Devils losing 7 of their 11 scholarship players (Jalen Johnson, DJ Steward, Jaemyn Brakefield, Patrick Tape, Jordan Goldwire, Matthew Hurt, Henry Coleman III). The Blue Devils bring in a stellar recruiting class to add to returnees Jeremy Roach, Mark Williams, Wendell Moore Jr. and Joey Baker. The Blue Devils add a star-studded class in Paolo Banchero, AJ Griffin, Trevor Keels and Jaylen Blakes. The Blue Devils also added graduate transfers Theo John and Bates Jones.
The Blue Devils are poised for a big year, the final under head coach Mike Krzyzewski picked to finish no less than top 2 in the ACC the Blue Devils are currently ranked (pre-season) top 10 in the country. Incoming freshman Paolo Banchero was named both the ACC Preseason Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, while returning standouts junior Wendell Moore Jr., and sophomore Mark Williams were named second-team Preseason All-ACC. Williams, who emerged late in the season as a factor in the front court, was named second-team All-ACC Tournament. In Duke’s final game of the season — a win over Louisville in the second round of the ACC Tournament — Williams posted his second career double-double with career highs in points (23) and rebounds (19), setting an ACC Tournament record for rebounds by a freshman. Williams scored 100 points over his final six games and averaged 16.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and shot 44-of-59 (.746) over that stretch, which included both of his career double-doubles. Duke, which finished last season 13-11 overall and 9-9 in the ACC, played each of its home games at Cameron Indoor Stadium and a majority of its road games with no fans in attendance.
With the size advantage the Blue Devils have, the expectations will be to force the issue in the paint to Mark Williams, Paolo Banchero and Theo John. Duke’s size and talent level should be the determining factor in this game. If the Rams decide to double in the paint to account for the size difference then Duke shooters should get some easy looks.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS
Duke Blue Devils
Guard Jeremy Roach, 6’1, 172lbs
Guard Trevor Keels, 6’4, 221lbs
Guard Wendell Moore, 6’5, 213lbs
Forward Paolo Banchero, 6’10, 250lbs
Center Mark Williams, 7’0, 242lbs
Winston-Salem State Rams
Guard Xavier Fennell, 6’4, 175lbs
Guard Jonathan Hicklin, 6’4, 205lbs
Guard Cameron Campbell, 6’4, 200lbs
Forward Rasheen Merlin, 6’9, 250lbs
Forward Shamon Jackson, 6’7, 205lbs