Game Day: Duke (13-1) vs. Wake (11-1)

Duke returns to the court Saturday afternoon in the biggest game to date when the Devils host the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Skip Prosser's team has posted an 11-1 record on the season including a 2-0 conference record. <I>TheDevilsDen.com</I> runs down the match up.

Game Facts:

The game will be televised by ABC Sports with Brent Musberger (play-by-play) and Dick Vitale (color) calling the action. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 PM EST.

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The Series:

This will mark the 223rd meeting between Duke and Wake Forest (the most frequent series in ACC history) with the Blue Devils holding a 149-73 series lead. The Blue Devils have won 14 of the last 15 match ups.

Notable:

*- Last season, the Demon Deacons snapped a 14-game losing skid to the Blue Devils with a 94-80 double overtime victory in Winston Salem on Feb. 13. Eight players fouled out in a game that saw 64 fouls called. Duke, which had five players foul out, made just five baskets over the final 23 minutes and was outrebounded, 50-37. Shelden Williams led Duke with 10 boards. Vytas Danelius paced Wake Forest with 20 points and 14 rebounds and Jamaal Levy added 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Duke has won the last six meetings vs. Wake Forest in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Under Mike Krzyzewski, Duke is 30-19 vs. the Demon Deacons.

*- The Blue Devils are looking for an 11th straight victory when they battle the Deacons. Over the last ten games Duke has beaten opponents by and average of 26.5 points per game including wins over a pair of top ten opponents.

*- Duke and Wake are the only remaining unbeaten teams in the ACC with the Devils sporting a 3-0 mark and Wake being 2-0.

*- Duke is 16-11 under Mike Krzyzewski when both teams are ranked in the top five. Duke is ranked second, Wake third.

*- Duke has dominated in-state competition recently, winning 65 of its last 74 (.878) games vs. North Carolina teams since the 1996-97 season, including a 14-2 mark vs. Wake Forest. This season, Duke is 2-0 vs. North Carolina schools.

*- Mike Krzyzewski passed Denny Crum into 17th place among the all-time victory leaders at the Division I level with the win on Thursday. Coach K now has 676 career victories, and won his 300th game at Cameron against NC State in the last game out.

Streaks:

*- J.J. Redick will look to add to his consecutive free throw streak, which currently stands at 54. He broke Jeff Lamp's old record (48) at Virginia.

*- Duke currently has a 35-game home winning streak intact — second-longest in the nation behind Pittsburgh — dating back to the 2001-02 season. The 2002-03 campaign in which Duke finished 15-0 at home marked the 14th time in school history the Blue Devils did not lose at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Maryland was the last team to defeat Duke at Cameron — 91-80 on Feb. 27, 2001.

Duke has been very balanced offensively this season as six players — J.J. Redick (15.0), Luol Deng (14.1), Shelden Williams (11.4), Daniel Ewing (11.4), Chris Duhon (10.1) and Shavlik Randolph (8.9) — are averaging at least 8.9 points per game.

The Blue Devils have limited opponents to a .390 field goal percentage overall, a .293 three-point percentage (school record is .289 in 1992-93) and 57.6 points per game (modern day school record is 63.2 in 1959-60). In addition, Duke has averaged 7.1 blocked shots (school record is 6.3 in 1998-99) and 18.7 forced turnovers per game this season.

Shelden Williams has blocked a team- and ACC-best 47 shots this season, while Shavlik Randolph (23) and Luol Deng (16) each have at least 16 rejections so far this year. The trio ranks among the top 10 ACC leaders with Williams at No. 1.

Meet The Deacs:

Wake suffered its first loss of the season, 94-81, against Texas in the last game out. Currently the Deacons are ranked third in the country in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll while defending their regular season ACC title. "Quality wins" include victories over Memphis (85-76), Indiana (100-67), and #4 North Carolina (119-114).

The backcourt for Wake has been even better than expected with Prosser's trio of Justin Gray, Chris Paul and Taron Downey combining to average 37.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 12.7 assists. At times Prosser has played all three on the court together, meaning the Blue Devils will have to counter with their stable of guards.

In the paint Wake has been led by sophomore big man Eric Williams, who's contributed 16.1 points and six rebounds per game. Alongside Williams could be Vytas Danelius and Jamaal Levy, both of whom are very effective rebounders. Despite his lean physique, Levy has established himself as one of the toughest players in the league.

Danelius returned from injury against Texas to play 10 minutes without scoring. 6-foot-9 sophomore Chris Ellis has also been sidelined with injury at times this season.


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