Previewing Wake Forest (13-11, 1-9)

The Blue Devils return to action Tuesday night in Cameron to host Wake Forest. Despite a total collapse over the past six weeks, the Deacons poise a serious threat to Duke's drive for an undefeated ACC season. TDD previews the match up. Tip off is scheduled for 8:30 PM.

2/2 Duke (23-0, 11-0) vs. Wake Forest (13-11, 1-9)
Durham, N.C. – Cameron Indoor Stadium
8:00 p.m., Raycom/JP

Program Vitals
Nickname: Demon Deacons
Colors: Black and Gold
Head Coach: Skip Prosser – 5th season
Career Record at Wake Forest: 107-46 (272-124 overall)
Last Time: Duke-82, Wake Forest-64

Projected Starters: 
   Harvey Hale (6-2, 186, Fr.) – 6.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.3 apg
   Justin Gray (6-2, 194, Sr.) – 19.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.8 apg
   Kyle Visser (6-11, 244, Jr.) – 5.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg
   Eric Williams (6-9, 280, Sr.) – 15.8 ppg, 8.6 rpg 64% FG
   Trent Strickland (6-5, 216, Sr.) – 13.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 48% 3FG

Key Reserves: 
   Chris Ellis (6-9, 267, Sr.) – 5.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg
   Michael Drum (6-6, 204, Jr.) – 5.4 ppg, 1.6 apg
   Kevin Swinton (6-7, 224, Fr.) – 2.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg
   Cameron Stanley (6-6, 214, Fr.) – 1.7 ppg
   Shamaine Dukes (6-1, 175, Fr.) – 1.4 ppg


What Happened?: The loss of Chris Paul was certainly expected to knock the Demon Deacons back from their lofty perch of a season ago, but not this much. After starting the season 11-2, Wake Forest has collapsed over the past month and a half, losing 11 of their last 13 and nine of 10 conference games to sit dead last in the ACC.

Skip Prosser's team has yet to beat a ranked opponent all season, and have lost the four match ups against teams in the top 25 by an average of nine points per game.

Duke Notes:

- Duke is one of six NCAA Division I teams without a loss in conference play this season. The other conference undefeated teams are George Washington (A-10), Memphis (CUSA), Penn (Ivy), Bucknell (Patriot) and Gonzaga (WCC). The Blue Devils have wins over three of the conference undefeated teams (Memphis, Penn and Bucknell) this season.

- Duke's win over Maryland on Saturday gave the Blue Devils 11 wins in ACC play. Duke has now won at least 11 conference games in each of the last 10 seasons, becoming the first team in league history to accomplish that standard of excellence.

- Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser is 3-7 all-time against Duke. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is 33-21 all-time versus Wake Forest.

- J.J. Redick leads the NCAA in scoring at 28.7 ppg. and is looking to become the first Blue Devil to accomplish the feat. Dick Groat had the highest national finish by a Duke player, ranking second in 1952 with a 26.0 ppg. scoring average. Groat (1951 & ‘52), Art Heyman (1961 & ‘63), Bob Verga (1967) and Redick (2005) are the only Duke players to finish the year in the top 10 of the NCAA scoring chart.

- J.J. Redick scored 35 points in Saturday's win over North Carolina and has now scored 30 or more points in a game a school- record 11 times this season. Redick is third at Duke for career 30-point games with 17. Art Heyman has the school record with 19, while Dick Groat is second with 18 30-point efforts.

- Shelden Williams has 50 career double-doubles, including an ACC-best 12 this year. Duke is 44-6 in those contests, including a 12-0 mark this season. Williams has registered double-doubles in 10 of the last 15 contests.

- With the loss of No. 1 Connecticut on Monday night to Villanova, the Blue Devils are poised to take back the nation's top ranking with a pair of victories this week.

- J.J. Redick has scored 103 points (34.3 ppg.) in the last three meetings with Wake Forest. He had 33 in Winston-Salem last year and 38 against the Demon Deacons at home. Earlier this season, Redick scored 32 points on 12-of-21 shooting in Duke's 82-64 win over Wake Forest. In seven career games, Redick is averaging 20.7 ppg. and shooting 47.8 percent (44-of-92) from the field against the Demon Deacons.

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