The game will be televised nationally by ESPN with Mike Patrick (play-by-play), Dick Vitale (color) and Doris Burke (sideline) calling the action. Tip-off is scheduled for Tipoff is set for 9:00 PM ET.
Overall......................... Duke 150-73 At Cameron Indoor Stadium....... Duke 50-16 At Lawrence Joel Coliseum...... Duke 8-7 In ACC Tournament............... Duke 13-4 Current Streak.................. Duke W 1 Longest Duke Win Streak......... 19 (1924-37) Longest Wake Forest Win Streak.. 9 (1993-97) Biggest Duke Win................ 113-71 (2/28/67) Biggest Wake Forest Win......... 88-53 (3/5/82) Duke Under Coach K.............. 31-19
On Jan. 17 in Cameron Indoor Stadium, J.J. Redick scored 23 points and Shelden Willams had 16 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocked shots to lift No. 2 Duke past No. 4 Wake Forest 84- 72.
The Blue Devils used a 14-2 run in the game's opening minutes to take a double-digit lead they would maintain most of the way. Wake Forest hung around and closed the gap to three points midway through the second half, but never could dig out of its early hole.
Shelden Williams, known as "The Landlord," has blocked a team- and ACC-best 77 shots this season, while Shavlik Randolph (38) and Luol Deng (26) each have at least 26 rejections so far this year. Williams leads the league in blocked shots, Randolph ranks third and Deng is eighth among the ACC leaders.
Sophomore J.J. Redick has connected on 99-of-102 foul shots this season for an ACC-best .971 free throw percentage.
Meet the Demon Deacons:
Probable Starting Lineup: Chris Paul (6-0, 168, G, Fr.) – 13.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 5.4 apg Taron Downey (6-2, 180, G, Jr.) – 10.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.0 apg Justin Gray (6-2, 185, G, So.) – 15.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.1 apg Jamaal Levy (6-9, 180, F, Jr.) – 10.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg Eric Williams (6-9, 275, C, So.) – 12.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg Key Reserves: Trent Strickland (6-5. 200, F, So.) – 7.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg Vytas Danelius (6-9, 228, F, Jr.) – 5.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg Kyle Visser (6-11, 224, C, Fr.) – 5.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg Richard Joyce (6-5, 200, F, So.) – 3.4 ppg
After a strong start that yielded an 11-0 record, the Deacons fell on hard times that included losing six of eight beginning with consecutive losses to Texas and then Duke. Since a loss to North Carolina at home, the Deacons have won two straight over Clemson and #12 Cincinnati.
The backcourt for Wake has been even better than expected, and continues to improve, with Prosser's trio of Justin Gray, Chris Paul and Taron Downey combining to average 39.0 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 11.5 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 12.6 points and 5.3 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.