Basketball Gameday - Wake Forest vs. Duke
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest will play its first home game in 10 days when the Demon Deacons host the No. 4-ranked Duke Blue Devils on Saturday afternoon at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum.
Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN and can also be heard on the Wake Forest Sports Network from IMG College.
The Demon Deacons (7-12, 0-4) are coming off a 74-39 loss at Georgia Tech on Wednesday in Atlanta. Wake Forest had an uncharacteristically cold shooting night, finishing just 25.9 percent from the field.
The Deacons came into the game leading the ACC in free throw percentage but went 9-for-26 for 34.6 percent at the line. The performance dropped Wake Forest to second in the league in charity tosses, trailing only Duke in the category.
The bright spot for Wake Forest on Wednesday was the return of freshman point guard Tony Chennault, who had missed the previous 17 games after breaking his foot in the season opener. Chennault finished the night with three points on 1-of-3 shooting in 15 minutes.
Ty Walker came off the bench to tie a career-high with eight rebounds while also setting a new career-high with five offensive boards. Ari Stewart led the Deacons with nine points, and Travis McKie chipped in eight. Carson Desrosiers tallied three blocks on the night.
Duke (17-1, 4-1 ACC) comes to town following a 92-78 win at NC State on Wednesday in Raleigh. The Blue Devils have won back-to-back games after suffering their only defeat of the season, a 66-61 loss at Florida State on Jan. 12.
Duke leads the all-time series with Wake Forest, 157-77. However, the Deacons have won each of the past two meetings, as well as five of the last six, at the Joel Coliseum. In Duke's last trip to the venue, Wake downed the No. 1-ranked Blue Devils 70-68 on James Johnson's last-second layup.
Wake Forest will have the mid-week off before wrapping up the month of January by hosting Virginia on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 4 p.m. The game will be televised on the ACC Network. The Deacons will then play two straight road games at Florida State on Tuesday, Feb. 1, and at Maryland on Saturday, Feb. 5.
Last Time Out
The bright spot for Wake Forest was the return of Chennault, who had missed the previous 17 games after breaking his foot in the season opener on Nov. 12. Chennault finished the night with three points on 1-of-3 shooting in 15 minutes.
Ty Walker came off the bench to tie a career-high with eight rebounds while also setting a new career-high with five offensive boards.
Wake Forest hurt itself with an uncharacteristic performance from the free throw line, going 9-for-26 for 34.6 percent. The Deacons came into the game leading the ACC in free throw percentage but dropped to second after the game.
Georgia Tech shot 41.3 percent from the floor for the game and was led by Glen Rice and Iman Shumpert who had 21 and 20 points, respectively.
With Wake Forest holding a 7-6 lead after a McKie jumper at the 16:56 mark, Georgia Tech used a 9-0 run over the next four minutes to take a 15-9 advantage.
Stewart's three-point play on a fastbreak dunk pulled Wake to within five, 17-12, three minutes later. However, the Jackets responded with seven straight points to begin a 20-4 run over a span of six minutes.
After Wake pulled to within 37-23 with just over two minutes to play in the period, Georgia Tech closed the half with a 7-3 run to take a 44-26 lead into the break.
Deacons Go Cold at Georgia Tech
However, that was not the case in Atlanta. Wake Forest shot a season-low 25.9 percent (14-54), including 19 percent (4-21) in the second half. It marked just the fourth time this season that the Deacons finished a game below 40 percent from the field.
The Deacons' cold shooting even extended to the charity stripe, where they had been one of the best units in the country. Wake Forest came into the game leading the ACC and ranking eighth nationally in free throw percentage at 77.3 percent.
However, the Deacons went 9-for-26 from the line for a season-low 34.6 percent. It marked just the fourth time this season that Wake dropped below 70 percent from the free throw line in a game.
What's Up Next...
The Cavaliers are 10-8 overall and 1-3 in the ACC entering Saturday's home game against Georgia Tech. UVa has lost three straight conference games after opening league play with a win at rival Virginia Tech in December.
Wake Forest has won five straight meetings with Virginia and leads the all-time series 68-59. The Deacons have won eight straight meetings at the Joel Coliseum, with their last home loss to the Cavs coming during the 1999-2000 season.
Following the Virginia game, Wake Forest will travel to Tallahassee to take on Florida State on Tuesday, Feb. 1. The Seminoles are 14-5 overall and 4-1 in the ACC entering Saturday's home game with Boston College.
Wake Forest leads the all-time series with Florida State, 23-17. The Deacons have won three of the past five meetings but suffered a 51-47 loss in Tallahassee last season.
Wake Boasts Some of ACC's Top Freshmen
McKie is an ACC Rookie of the Year candidate, as he has been one of the league's most consistent freshmen. McKie leads all rookies in scoring (13.1 ppg) and in double-doubles (5) and ranks second in rebounding (7.4 rpg). He has led his team in scoring eight times, which tops all ACC freshmen.
Terrell is second among all conference freshmen in scoring at 12.7 points per game, trailing McKie by just six points. Terrell's 32 points vs. Iowa are the most for an ACC freshman this season. He is also second among the rookies in leading his team in scoring (5 games).
Desrosiers ranks second among ACC freshmen in blocks with 1.8 per game. He only trails Georgia Tech's Daniel Miller, who averages 2.1 per contest. Desrosiers leads all ACC player in blocks in conference games only, with 3.3 per game.
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