THE OPENING TIP
- Looking for its 900th all-time win inside Cameron Indoor Stadium, No. 2 Duke welcomes Wake Forest Saturday night in the 252nd meeting between the in-state rivals.
- The game tips at 8 p.m. ET and is live on the ACC Network with Dave O’Brien and Jordan Cornette. On the radio, David Shumate and John Roth have the call on the Blue Devil Sports Network from Learfield IMG College (96.5FM & 610AM in Durham) and on Sirius 84 and XM 84.
- No college basketball team has won more games at its current venue than the Blue Devils’ 899 at Cameron, which celebrated its 80th birthday on January 6.
- Duke and Wake have met 251 previous times to match North Carolina as the Blue Devils’ most-frequently played foe.
- The Blue Devils lead the NCAA in scoring margin (+20.9), and are leading the ACC in scoring (83.4; 6th NCAA), field goal percentage (.486; 15th NCAA), and blocks (6.6; 5th NCAA).
- Duke is the No. 1-ranked overall team in KenPom and is the only team ranked in the top 10 of both offensive efficiency (4th) and defensive efficiency (3rd).
- Freshman Vernon Carey Jr., who is the No. 1-ranked player in KenPom’s Player of the Year ratings, has posted eight double-doubles this season (tied for most among NCAA freshmen) — all eight have been 15-10 efforts.
- Carey, who leads the ACC in field goal percentage (.612), is also third in the conference in scoring (18.1), third in rebounding (8.8) and fourth in blocks (2.0).
- Sophomore Tre Jones is the only player ranked in the ACC’s top five for assists (7.2; 1st), steals (2.2; 2nd) and assist/turnover ratio (+2.21; 5th).
- Matthew Hurt is this week’s ACC Freshman of the Week, becoming the 15th different Blue Devil to earn the award over the last six-plus seasons.
- In the last two games, freshman Cassius Stanley is averaging 26.5 minutes, 17.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and shooting 14-of-20 (.700) from the field with five dunks.
CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM
Duke has posted an all-time record of 899-162 (.847) at Cameron Indoor, including 541-67 (.889) under Coach K…Duke has won more games at its current home venue than any team in college basketball, leading Penn (Palestra), Vanderbilt (Memorial Gym), Kansas (Allen Fieldhouse) and UCLA (Pauley Pavilion)…Now in its 81st season as the home of the Blue Devils, Duke has averaged 11.1 wins since the venue opened January 6, 1940 — a 36-27 win over Princeton…The Blue Devils have 18 undefeated home seasons, including 11 under Coach K.
MOST WINS AT CURRENT HOME VENUE | NCAA
|1.||Duke (Cameron Indoor)||899||162||.847||1940|
|2.||Penn (The Palestra)||836||402||.675||1927|
|3.||Vanderbilt (Memorial Gym)||811||238||.773||1952|
|4.||Kansas (Allen Fieldhouse)||794||113||.875||1955|
|5.||UCLA (Pauley Pavilion)||744||121||.860||1965|
as of Jan. 8, 2020
ON THIS DATE
Duke is 26-7 when playing on January 11th and has won 18 of the last 22 on this date…In ACC games, Duke is 14-4 on this date, including two previous meetings with Wake Forest — a pair of Wake wins in the 1994-95 and 1996-97 seasons.
DUKE VS. WAKE FOREST
Duke and Wake Forest are meeting for the 252nd time in a series that dates to the 1905-06 season. The Blue Devils lead the series 173-78, including 62-16 at Cameron Indoor…Duke has won 10 straight in the series — its second-longest active ACC winning streak behind 13 consecutive wins over Georgia Tech…The Blue Devils got 28 points from RJ Barrett, but had to survive a missed shot at the buzzer by Wake to win 71-70 in last year’s meeting at Cameron Indoor on Senior Night…Each of Duke’s last 10 leading scorers in a Duke-Wake game are now playing in the NBA.
DUKE’S MOST-FREQUENT RIVALS
Wake Forest and North Carolina are Duke’s most-frequently played rivals, with each series standing at 251 previous games…Duke’s 248 games versus NC State are next most.
SCOUTING THE DEMON DEACONS
Wake Forest is 8-6 overall and 1-3 in the ACC, with its three conference setbacks coming by a combined 21 points (7.0 per game)…Brandon Childress leads the Demon Deacons in scoring (16.0) and assists (4.6), while Olivier Sarr is just short of averaging a double-double at 12.3 points and 9.2 rebounds…Wake Forest saw a three-game winning streak snapped Wednesday at home versus No. 10 Florida State, 78-68.
Duke has sold out 463 consecutive games at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The last time Duke did not have a sellout at home was on Nov. 16, 1990, against Boston College…The sellout figure is the longest current streak (by time) in either men’s college basketball or the NBA.
LEADS NATION IN SCORING MARGIN
Duke enters the Wake Forest game leading the nation with a scoring margin of +20.9, including wins in its last five games by an average of 27.0 points…Eleven of Duke’s 14 wins are by 11+ points…The 39-point margin in the BC win (88-49) was Duke’s largest in an ACC game since beating Georgia Tech, 110-57, on Jan. 3, 2017 and marked the 23rd time in history Duke won an ACC game by 39+ points.
Duke has connected on at least one three-pointer in 1,074 straight games, the third-longest streak in the nation…It has been 30 years since Duke was held without a three-point field goal — Dec. 30, 1989, versus Hawai’i…The Blue Devils’ streak was in jeopardy Dec. 28 versus Brown until junior Alex O’Connell canned a trey with 6:41 remaining as Duke finished 2-of-16 from downtown.
NOTHING EASY OUTSIDE THE ARCH
Duke is holding opponents to a .293 mark from three-point range that ranks 51st nationally and 18th among power conference teams…The Blue Devils are allowing opponents to make an average of just 4.6 three-pointers per game…Duke has outscored teams by 102 points (312-210), an average of 6.8 points per game, from three-point territory.
Duke has held six consecutive opponents to less than 65 points, and two of the last four have scored 50 or less…The Blue Devils are allowing just 61.0 points over their eight-game winning streak…Duke is ranked No. 3 in KenPom’s defensive efficiency, with top-20 ranks in both defensive steal percentage (12.5; 18th) and blocked shots percentage (15.4; 15th) — one of five teams nationally in the top 20 for both…Duke’s 75-50 win over Brown and the 88-49 BC win marked the first time since the 2010-11 season that consecutive Duke foes scored 50 or less — 83-48 vs. Bradley (Dec. 8) and 84-47 vs. Saint Louis (Dec. 11).