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Wake Forest at Duke Game Notes

• Game 18 •

[4 AP / 4 Coaches] Duke (15-2, 3-0) vs. Wake Forest (10-7, 1-2)

Thursday, January 19, 2012 • 7:02 p.m. • ESPN

The Opening Tip

• Duke (15-2, 3-0 ACC) hosts Wake Forest (10-7, 1-2 ACC) on Thursday, Jan. 19 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tipoff is set for 7:02 p.m.

• Mike Patrick (play-by-play), Len Elmore (analyst) and Jeannine Edwards (sideline) will call the game for ESPN.

• Duke is ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Wake Forest is unranked in both polls. The Blue Devils are 50-9 all-time when ranked fourth in the AP Poll.

• Each of Duke’s last four games have been decided by 10 points or less. The Blue Devils are 9-1 on the year in games decided by 10 points or less.

• Duke is one of two teams (Baylor is the other) in the NCAA to rank in the top 5 of the RPI, Strength of Schedule, AP and Coaches Polls.

• The Blue Devils have won 63 consecutive home games against unranked opponents.

Duke-Wake Forest Series

• Thursday’s game marks the 235th meeting between Duke and Wake Forest, tying it as the most-played series in the ACC.

• Duke and Wake Forest met for the first time on March 2, 1906.

• The Blue Devils lead the all-time series 158-77, including a 55-16 mark at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

• Duke has won three straight in the series overall and 12 straight in the series at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

• The Blue Devils’ last 13 wins in the series have been by 10 or more points.

• Mike Krzyzewski is 39-23 at Duke against the Demon Deacons. The Blue Devils are 20-8 under Coach K at home against Wake Forest.

• The Blue Devils have won 23 of the last 28 meetings between the two schools.

• Duke has a +18.0 scoring margin during its current three-game win streak over the Demon Deacons.

Numbers Game

l Duke has won 63 consecutive home games against unranked opponents. The Blue Devils’ last loss at Cameron Indoor Stadium to an unranked opponent was to Florida State on Feb. 4, 2007.

l The Blue Devils have won 44 consecutive games in Cameron Indoor Stadium with 37 of the victories coming by 10 or more points.

l Duke is 58-1 at home since the start of the 2008-09 season.

l Duke ranks in the top 15 nationally in scoring (80.3 ppg. – t-13th), field goal percentage (.496 – 12th) and three-point percentage (.402 – 12th)

l Mason Plumlee ranks second in the ACC in rebounding at 9.5 rpg. He has led the Blue Devils in rebounding 13 times overall this season, including 12 of the last 14 games.

l Austin Rivers leads the Blue Devils in scoring at 13.8 points per game. He is the only freshman in the ACC averaging over 10.0 ppg.

l Either Mason or Miles Plumlee has grabbed 10 or more rebounds in 11 of Duke’s 17 games this season. Mason has reached double figures in rebounds eight times, while Miles has four double-digit rebounding efforts. One of the Plumlees has collected 12 or more rebounds in five of Duke’s last seven contests.

l Duke is shooting 52.8 percent (238-of-451) from the field at Cameron Indoor Stadium this season. Six Blue Devils are shooting over 50.0 percent from the field at home, including a team-best 69.5 percent (41-of-59) from Mason Plumlee.

l The Blue Devils also have a +9.2 rebound margin in their eight home contests. The post trio of Mason Plumlee, Ryan Kelly and Miles Plumlee is averaging 23.8 rebounds per game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

l Duke has had a different leading scorer in each of the last four games. Six different players have led the team in scoring this season. Austin Rivers has led the team in scoring seven times.

Duke vs. Wake Forest Official Game Notes

Courtesy:  Lance King<br />
Nolan Smith matched a career high with 24 points to go along with four assists and three steals in Wednesday’s win over Boston College.
Courtesy: Lance King
Nolan Smith matched a career high with 24 points to go along with four assists and three steals in Wednesday’s win over Boston College.

Game 17
Duke (14-2, 2-1 ACC)
vs. Wake Forest (12-3, 2-1 ACC)
Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010 l 8:00 p.m. l FSN
Cameron Indoor Stadium l Durham, N.C.

The Opening Tip
Duke (14-2, 2-1 ACC), ranked eighth in the AP poll and seventh in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll, faces Wake Forest (12-3, 2-1 ACC) at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 17 at 8:00 p.m. Sunday’s game will air on FSN with Tim Brando, Mike Gminski and Jenn Hildreth calling the action.

The Last Time Out
Duke is coming off a 79-59 win over Boston College at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Wednesday. The Blue Devils broke the game open with a 16-2 run to start the second half after leading 38-35 at intermission.

Junior Nolan Smith matched a career high with 24 points to go along with four assists and three steals. He was 9-of-14 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free throw line in the contest.

Kyle Singler recorded his 15th career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the win. He also added three steals in the contest. Senior Jon Scheyer and sophomore Miles Plumlee each recorded 12 points for the Blue Devils.

Senior Brian Zoubek registered a game-high 11 rebounds as Duke posted a 40-27 edge on the glass. The Blue Devils grabbed 18 offensive rebounds, including five each by Zoubek and Singler.

Duke made just 1-of-12 three-point field goals, but finished 27-of-48 (.563) from inside the arc in the contest. The Blue Devils also shot 81.5 percent (22-of-27) from the free throw line to secure the win.

Numbers Game

  • Duke is the only team in the country to rank in the top 10 in both the AP Poll and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll as well as the College Basketball News Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) and Strength of Schedule (SOS). The Blue Devils, eighth in the AP Poll and seventh in the Coaches’ Poll, rank second in the RPI with the 10th-best SOS.
  • Sunday’s game is the 300th consecutive sellout at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The last time Duke did not have a sellout at home was on Nov. 16, 1990, against Boston College.
  • The Blue Devils have won 12 straight and 42 of the last 44 games at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
  • Duke has won 23 of its last 25 games in the month of January. The Blue Devils are 202-56 under Mike Krzyzewski in January games.
  • The Blue Devils have won 37 consecutive home games against unranked opponents.
  • Senior Jon Scheyer leads the NCAA in assist-to-turnover ratio (4.62:1) while playing 35.6 minutes per game. He has led Duke in assists in all 16 games with six turnover-free games. Scheyer is tied for ninth in the NCAA at 6.1 assists per game.
  • Nolan Smith is shooting 48.9 percent (93-of-190) from the field, including 50.0 percent (26-of-52) from three-point range, to rank ninth in the ACC in field goal percentage. He is the only guard to rank in the top 10 of the league in that category.
  • Duke has had 19 individual 20-point scoring games this season, including seven each by Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith. The Blue Devils have had multiple 20-point scorers in the same game six times on the year.
  • Junior Nolan Smith is averaging 20.1 points per game, while shooting 59.1 percent (52-of-88) from the field and 61.5 percent (16-of-26) from three-point range, in the last seven games. He has topped the 20-point mark in five of those games.
  • Miles and Mason Plumlee are averaging 16.4 points and 11.4 rebounds per game combined over the last five contests. The duo is shooting 56.1 percent (32-of-57) from the field during that span.
  • Jon Scheyer is the only player in the country averaging better than 19.0 points and 6.0 assists per game.
  • Duke has a +31.3 scoring margin in 10 home games this season. Nine of Duke’s 10 wins have been by 20+ points.