Basketball Game Notes - Wake Forest at No. 8 Duke

Jan. 15, 2010

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest begins a stretch that sees the Deacons play three games in seven days when it takes on the No. 8-ranked Duke Blue Devils on Sunday in Durham. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net's Sunday Night Hoops and is also available on the Wake Forest ISP Sports Radio Network.

The Deacons are 12-3 overall and 2-1 in the ACC following their 85-83 defeat of Maryland in overtime on Tuesday in Winston-Salem. It was Wake Forest's third overtime win in its last four games, and it marked the first time in school history that the Deacons have posted overtime wins in three consecutive home games.

Ishmael Smith sent the Deacs to victory, hitting a running jumper in the lane with 20 seconds left in OT. Smith finished with 16 points and eight assists against just one turnover in 42 minutes. Al-Farouq Aminu led Wake with his 10th double-double of the season with 24 points and 13 rebounds. C.J. Harris added 18 points, hitting 4-of-6 from three-point range.

Wake Forest is set to run a gauntlet of three ACC games in seven days. The stretch includes back-to-back contests at Tobacco Road rivals Duke and North Carolina--a feat the Deacons have not attempted since 1978.

Duke comes in at 14-2 overall and 2-1 in the ACC after its 79-59 defeat of Boston College on Wednesday in Durham. The Blue Devils have won 12 straight games at Cameron entering Sunday's contest.

Duke leads the all-time series with Wake Forest, 156-77. In its 234th meeting since 1906, the series is the ACC's oldest and most frequent.

Strength vs. Strength Beyond the Arc
Wake Forest leads the ACC and ranks second nationally in three-point percentage defense, while Duke ranks second in the ACC in three-point percentage. Duke is averaging 8.0 3-pointers per game, while Wake Forest has held foes to 5.4 3-pointers per game.

Next Up...
Wake Forest will remain on the road at North Carolina on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. The Deacons will then return home to host Virginia on Saturday, Jan. 23, before traveling to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech on Thursday, Jan. 28.



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