Duke Blue Devils (15-6, 6-4) vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (14-8, 6-5)
Game #22 • Home Game #11 • ACC Game #11 • Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023 • 7 p.m. ET
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314) • Durham, N.C.
Radio: Blue Devils Sports Network from LEARFIELD
Duke returns to Cameron Indoor Stadium for the first of two in-state rivalry games, hosting Wake Forest as part of ESPN’s Super Tuesday slate. The game caps a grueling month of January that saw the young Blue Devils play five road games in the span of 24 days. Six of Duke’s final 10 games this season come at home.
Duke and Wake Forest will meet for the 259th time Tuesday in a series that dates back to the 1905-06 season. The first game in Duke’s program history came on March 2, 1906 vs. Wake — a 24-10 Wake victory in Durham.
When the teams met earlier this season in Winston-Salem, Duke was without freshmen Dariq Whitehead and Dereck Lively II (both out with illness) and the Blue Devils fell, 81-70. Jaylen Blakes scored a career-high 17 points off the bench for Duke in that game, while Wake shot .522 in the second half with five in double figures, led by Tyree Applebee’s 18 points (2-of-8 field goals, 13-of-14 free throws).
Overall Duke leads, 178-80
In Durham, NC Duke leads, 80-18
at Cameron Indoor Stadium Duke leads, 65-16
In Winston-Salem, NC Duke leads, 52-41
at LJVM Coliseum Duke leads, 19-13
Neutral Sites Duke leads, 33-9
Last Meeting @Wake 81, Duke 70 (Dec. 20, 2022)
Last 10 Games in Series Duke leads, 8-2
Duke is coming off an 86-43 win at Georgia Tech Saturday — the second-largest ACC road win in school history and the second fewest points allowed by Duke all-time in an ACC road game.
Duke has out-rebounded 17 of its first 21 opponents and is 14-3 this season when holding an advantage on the glass. Duke is 12-3 when leading in offensive rebounding. The ACC’s best rebounding team, Duke ranks fourth nationally in rebound margin (+9.1), ninth in offensive rebounds (13.6) and 13th in rebounds per game (39.7) — leading the conference in each category. Duke has not finished as the ACC’s team leader in rebounds since 1998-99.
Duke and Tennessee are the only teams ranked inside the NCAA’s top 15 for each rebound margin, offensive rebounds and total rebounds.
Duke has held 18 of 21 teams below their season scoring average, ranking second in the ACC and 30th nationally in scoring defense (63.2). Georgia Tech was the most recent of eight teams this season to post a then season-low in points versus the Blue Devils.
This week’s ACC Rookie of the Week for the seventh time, Filipowski is the only freshman nationally averaging at least 15 points and nine rebounds this season. Filipowski is staking his claim as the ACC Rookie of the Year, leads all conference freshmen in scoring, rebounding and double-doubles. He has 10 doubles-doubles, including a monster current five-game stretch averaging 22.0 points and 12.0 boards.
Freshman guard Tyrese Proctor is coming off a seven-point, eight-assist and no turnover game at Georgia Tech and is now fifth in the ACC in conference play with a 2.83 assist/ turnover ratio. He is averaging 11.8 points and a 4.6 assist/turnover ratio over the last five. Freshman Dereck Lively II (right) is second in the ACC and 38th nationally with 1.9 blocked shots. He has eight blocks and both of his career-high 10-rebound games over the last three.
About Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons boast 4 dangerous scorers led by senior guard Tyree Appleby who scores at a 17.7 point per game clip. He also leads the team in assists at 6.1 per game. Sophomore Cameron Hildreth adds 13.3 points her game. Hildreth and Appleby combined for 34 points against the Blue Devils in the earlier matchup in Winston-Salem.
Juniors Darmari Monsanto and Andrew Carr round out the double figure scorers for Wake, averaging 13 and 11.9 respectively. Carr leads the team in rebounding at 6.4 per game.
The Demon Deacons are second in the ACC in 3pt field goal percentage, shooting 38.4% from beyond the arc. They also second in free throw attempts and lead the league in points per game.
Duke Blue Devils
G Jeremy Roach 6’2, 180lbs Jr.
G Tyrese Proctor 6’5 175lbs Fr.
F Mark Mitchell 6’8, 220lbs Fr.
F Kyle Filipowski 7’0, 230lbs Fr.
F Dereck Lively 7’1, 230lbs Fr.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
G Tyree Appleby 6’0, 175lbs Gs.
G Daivien Williamson 6’0, 180lbs Gs
G Cameron Hildreth 6’4, 195lbs So.
F Andrew Carr 6’10, 220lbs Jr.
C Matthew Marsh 7’1, 250lbs So.
In the last matchup the Blue Devils guarded the perimeter scores of Wake Forest poorly allowing them to shoot 44% from beyond the arc. While the Blue Devils did a better job of chasing Wake off the line in the second half, Wake shot a blistering 52% from field field in the second half and got to the like 18 times to just 9 times for the Blue Devils.
The recipe for Duke is to not fall in love with the outside shot but take them in rhythm, offensively the Blue Devils have been playing much better – scoring droughts cannot happen against Wake.
Defensively guarding the 3 is paramount for the Blue Devils. Communicating on switches on the perimeter has been improving but it will need to be near perfect. The Blue Devils also must defend Wake without fouling the free throw attempt disparity in the first meeting as 22 – 14, Duke will need to win that battle or at least draw even.