The eighth-ranked Blue Devils return home from an 0-2 road trip to host No. 5 Wake Forest on Sunday in a critical Atlantic Coast Conference matchup.
The back-to-back setbacks dropped Duke to 8-4 in the ACC, two games behind the first-place duo of Wake Forest and North Carolina. After opening league play with four straight wins to improve to 15-0 overall, the Blue Devils have lost four of seven.
In a 67-65 loss to Virginia Tech on Thursday, Duke was outrebounded, 45-27, and was handed payback for a 35-point win over the Hokies on January 30.
While Duke has slumped, Wake Forest has surged to the top of the league and planted itself in good shape for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The Demon Deacons have won six straight and own their best record through 25 games since 1926-27 when they finished 22-3.
Chris Paul scored 13 points, had eight assists and grabbed six rebounds in a 68-63 win over Miami on Wednesday, Wake Forest's sixth straight road win.
Paul led the Demon Deacons to a 92-89 win over the Blue Devils on February 2 with 23 points, six assists and five steals. That victory was just the third in the last 18 meetings between the two schools for Wake Forest.