1/1 Duke (13-0, 1-0) vs. 23/22 Wake Forest (11-2, 0-0)
Winston Salem, N.C. – Lawrence Joel Coliseum
4:30 p.m., ESPN
Program Vitals Nickname: Demon Deacons Colors: Black and Gold Head Coach: Skip Prosser – 5th season Career Record at Wake Forest: 105-37 (270-115 overall) Last Year: 27-6 (13-3) – NCAA Tournament Second Round
Projected Starters: Harvey Hale (6-2, 186, Fr.) – 4.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.8 apg Justin Gray (6-2, 194, Sr.) – 17.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.5 apg Kyle Visser (6-11, 244, Jr.) – 8.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg Eric Williams (6-9, 280, Sr.) – 15.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg 68% FG Trent Strickland (6-5, 216, Sr.) – 13.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 48% 3FG Key Reserves: Chris Ellis (6-9, 267, Sr.) – 6.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg Michael Drum (6-6, 204, Jr.) – 5.5 ppg, 1.7 apg Kevin Swinton (6-7, 224, Fr.) – 2.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg Cameron Stanley (6-6, 214, Fr.) – 1.9 ppg Shamaine Dukes (6-1, 175, Fr.) – 1.2 ppg
Missing Paul: After losing their best player since Tim Duncan to the NBA Draft when Chris Paul left school after just two seasons, the Demon Deacons were forced to try natural shooting guard Justin Gray as the lead guard early in the season. The result was an offense that was choppy and inefficient. Since that time Skip Prosser has subbed in a pair of freshmen (Dukes and Hale) with mixed results. The Blue Devils will be the first power opponent the Deacons have faced with one of the inexperienced lead guards in the drivers seat.
Inconsistency Abounds in Winston Salem: Despite a gaudy record (11-2), the Deacons have been fairly inconsistent to date. After pushing Florida to a five point game in New York, and beating Wisconsin by three, Wake Forest struggled to put away Division I-AA opponent Appalachian State, lost at home to DePaul, and then struggled with both Richmond and East Carolina.
Amazingly enough, the game against the Blue Devils will be the first against a ranked opponent all season for the Deacons. The contest with Florida was before the Gators had jumped into the top 25. Florida currently sits at No. 5 in the nation with a 14-0 record. Facing No. 1 isn't unfamiliar for the Deacs, who have upset the nation's top ranked team four times, including twice against Duke. None of those four wins came with Wake Forest ranked among the nation's top 25 teams.
One Last Chance: The Blue Devil senior class of J.J. Redick, Shelden Williams, Sean Dockery, and Lee Melchionni have won at every ACC arena not named Lawrence Joel. Over the past three seasons Duke has come out on the wrong end of 94-80, 90-84 and 92-89 scores. Duke has earned revenge in each of those seasons by winning at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The loss to DePaul ended Wake's 21 game home court winning streak earlier this season.
- Sunday's game will be the seventh consecutive between Wake Forest and Duke in which both teams were ranked in the top 25. It will be the 21st consecutive meeting that sees Duke ranked among the nation's top 10 teams.
- Over the last four seasons combined, no team has won more ACC games than Duke (36). Right on the Blue Devils' heels, however, is Wake Forest (35).
- Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser is 3-6 all-time against Duke. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is 32-21 all-time versus Wake Forest.
- Sophomore scoring guard DeMarcus Nelson, who has been sidelined since breaking his foot against Drexel in the NIT Season Tip-Off is expected to dress for the game in Winston Salem. His status for entering the lineup is a gametime decision.
- Duke is coming off an 84-50 win over Bucknell in its last outing. Four Blue Devils reached double-figures in scoring, led by Shelden Williams with 23. J.J. Redick had 22 points, while Josh McRoberts and Sean Dockery added 14 and 10 points apiece.
Williams went 10-of-16 from the field and 3-of-4 from the foul line in the win. He also had 11 rebounds to become the 27th player in ACC history to register 1,000 career boards. Williams carded his fourth consecutive double-double (23/11), while McRoberts also had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
- Duke is 13-0 for the sixth time in school history and fifth under Coach K (1986, ‘89, ‘92, 2005, ‘06). The Blue Devils also won their first 13 games in 1935-36 under coach Eddie Cameron. Duke has started at least 13-0 in each of the past two seasons and three times in the past five seasons. The 13-0 mark is tied for the fourth-best start in school history. Duke's 1992 National Championship team started 17-0 while the 1986 Final Four squad started 16-0 and the 2005 ACC Championship team started 15-0.
- J.J. Redick (25.3 ppg.) and Shelden Williams (18.8 ppg.) currently rank one and two in the ACC in scoring. No teammates have ever finished in the top two spots of the conference scoring race.
- Freshman Greg Paulus leads the ACC in assists per game (5.31). Only three freshmen — Jeff Jones, Kenny Anderson and Ed Cota — have led the conference in assists per game. Paulus has 69 assists on the year, including 38 in the last five games.
- Freshman Josh McRoberts recorded his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Bucknell. McRoberts is third on the team in scoring (8.6 ppg.) and second in both rebounding (5.1 rpg.) and blocked shots (15). The Carmel, Ind., native has three straight double-figure scoring games and is averaging 13.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists during that stretch.
- Duke has forced 220 turnovers through the first 13 games of the season. Valparaiso is the only team that has registered more assists (15) than turnovers (14) in a game versus the Blue Devils this season. Four opponents (Boston University, Seton Hall, Pennsylvania and Bucknell) had more turnovers than made field goals against Duke.
- Currently J.J. Redick sits in sixth place on the all-time Duke scoring list with 2,134 career points, just a bucket shy of fifth place Mark Alarie who recorded 2,136 points. Fourth place on the all-time list is held by Danny Ferry who tallied 2,155 career points. Should Redick hit his season scoring average, he'll move to fourth on the list.
Above notable facts are courtesy of Duke and Wake Forest Sports Information.