Game Day: Duke (21-2) vs. Wake Forest (15-6)

After losing for the first time in 78 days in the last game, the Blue Devils will look to rebound against a tough Wake Forest team that is coming off a big win over Cincinnati at home. <I></I> takes a look at the match up and runs down the important notes.

Game Facts:

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.

The Series:

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

Last Time:

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.

Chris Duhon had eight points and 14 assists for the Blue Devils, while Daniel Ewing and Luol Deng had 20 and 15 points, respectively. Duhon's 14 assists and Williams' eight blocks were career highs.

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.


  • Duke's 18-game overall winning streak and 13-game winning streak vs. ACC competition (included the 2003 ACC Tournament) was snapped on Feb. 15 in a 78-74 loss at No. 21 N.C. State.

  • Duke's record since the 1997-98 season following a loss is 19-2. The Blue Devils' average margin of victory in those games is +22.8 points. Duke has lost back-to-back games just twice in the past eight seasons (1999-2000 and 2002-03)

  • This marks the 18th consecutive game that Duke has entered the Wake Forest game ranked among the nation's top 10 teams.

  • Chris Duhon became Duke's all-time steals leader with four thefts vs. Virginia on Feb. 11. Duhon now has 269 career thefts to his credit. He passed Shane Battier (266) to assume the lead on the Blue Devil chart

  • Duhon is expected to make his 100th career start on Wednesday at Wake Forest. Duke's record in his 99 career starts is 86-13.

  • Duke, which has won 20 of its last 25 games vs. ranked opponents overall, has handled that situation well this season with five victories in six games vs. ranked competition in 2003-04. The Blue Devils have posted victories over No. 5 Michigan State (road), No. 11 Texas (neutral), No. 4 Wake Forest (home), No. 14 Georgia Tech (road) and No. 17 North Carolina (road). Duke's only loss vs. a ranked opponent this season was a 78-74 setback at N.C. State on Feb. 15.

  • Duke has been very balanced offensively this season as six players — J.J. Redick (17.3), Luol Deng (14.0), Shelden Williams (12.0), Daniel Ewing (11.4), Chris Duhon (10.1) and Shavlik Randolph (7.6) — are averaging at least 7.6 points per game.

  • The Blue Devils have blocked 156 shots in 2003-04 for an average of 6.9 per contest. As a point of reference, the single-season school record for blocks is 6.3 in 1998-99.

    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.

  • Duke has been solid from the free throw line this season. The Blue Devils' free throw percentage is .731 (385-of-527). Duke has made 385 foul shots while its opponents have attempted just 368. The .731 free throw percentage is the best for Duke since connecting on .742 of its foul shots in 1999-2000.

    Sophomore J.J. Redick has connected on 99-of-102 foul shots this season for an ACC-best .971 free throw percentage.

  • Duke has been ranked in 144 consecutive AP polls, the longest streak in the nation (next closest ACC school is Wake Forest at 28 weeks)
  • Duke has reached the No. 1 national ranking in each of the past seven seasons (1998-2004)
  • Mike Krzyzewski is one of just 23 coaches in Division I history to reach 650 career wins (he now has 684). His 684 wins rank in 17th place among college basketball's victory leaders (sixth among active coaches).

    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.

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