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#517 Wake Forest
Demon Deacons
#518 Duke
Blue Devils

Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 12:05pm

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Wake Forest Demon Deacons



Duke Blue Devils



Wake Forest (8-8 SU, 6-7-1 ATS, 5-9-0 O/U) at No. 7 Duke (14-2 SU, 9-5-0 ATS, 12-2-0 O/U)

When and Where: Saturday, Jan. 13, Cameron Indoor Stadium, 12 p.m. EST.

Line: Duke -16

Total: 166

After finally proving it can play defense, seventh-ranked Duke looks to extend its home winning streak over ACC rival Wake Forest to 19 games while pushing its overall winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium to 14 on Saturday.

Deacons seek first win in Durham since Duncan era

Wake Forest (8-8, 1-3 ACC) has not left Cameron Indoor Stadium with a victory since Tim Duncan had 26 points and 14 rebounds in an 81-69 win Jan. 11, 1997. The Demon Deacons have absorbed 16 double-digit losses during that 18-game skid, though the last two defeats have been by a combined 13 points.

This time around, Danny Manning’s team enters this contest having dropped four of its last five after an 83-75 loss to Virginia Tech on Tuesday night. Brandon Childress, the son of former Wake Forest great and current assistant Randolph Childress, had a career-high 17 points off the bench as the Deacons struggled defensively, giving up 12 3-pointers and 50.9 percent shooting overall.

Keyshawn Woods added 12 points and Doral Moore had 12 and 13 rebounds for Wake Forest, which has shot 40.5 percent during its five-game swoon after connecting at a 53.1 percent clip during a six-game winning streak that preceded this slump.

Bryant Crawford, who was held to 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting by the Hokies, leads Wake Forest in scoring at 15.8 points per game. Woods is second, averaging 14.6 points, while Moore (9.6 ppg), Childress (9.0) and Mitchell Wilbekin (9.5) are all near double figures.

Duke finally clamps down on ‘D’ in thrashing Pitt

The Blue Devils (14-2, 2-2) have given up 80 or more points in eight of their 16 games and had given up 189 points in splitting games versus Florida State and North Carolina State before steamrolling Pittsburgh on the road 87-52 on Wednesday night.

Freshman Marvin Bagley III had 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead six players in double figures for Duke, which turned in its best defensive effort on the road by holding the Panthers to 33.3 percent shooting. While the Blue Devils are giving up 73.9 points per game, their high-octane offense almost always compensates for their shortcomings and has generated an NCAA-best 93.5 per contest.

Bagley has recorded double-doubles in 13 of his 16 games, leading the ACC in scoring (22.1) and rebounding (11.8). He is also second in shooting at 62.6 percent, though Wednesday’s victory marked the first time Bagley failed to shoot at least 50 percent as he went 7 of 16.

Senior guard Grayson Allen is contributing 16.4 points per game while shooting 41.1 percent from 3-point range, and Duke’s other standout freshmen Wendell Carter Jr. (13.3 ppg), Gary Trent Jr. (13.1) and Trevor Duval (12.5) all are making significant scoring contributions. Duval leads the ACC with 6.3 assists per game, which is also tied for 17th in the country.

Duke is 8-0 at home this season, averaging 98.8 points while shooting 54.9 percent, including 41.8 percent from 3-point range. The Blue Devils have also amassed a staggering plus-17.6 rebound margin in those victories.


Wake Forest is:

  • 2-5 ATS in its last seven road games.
  • 4-13 ATS in its last 17 games at Duke.
  • 3-7-1 ATS in its last 11 games vs. opponents with a .600 or better winning percentage.

Duke is:

  • 4-0 ATS in its last four home games vs. teams with a losing road record.
  • 14-6-1 ATS in its last 21 games overall.


  • Home team is 23-9 ATS in the last 32 games between the teams.

The Blue Devils swept last season’s two games by a combined seven points and posted an 89-84 victory in the most recent meeting as Allen totaled 11 points and six assists. Crawford scored 21 points to lead the Demon Deacons, who have dropped six straight and 14 of 15 overall to Duke.

Pick: Duke -17

Chris Altruda (@AlTruda73)

A 1994 graduate of Marquette University when they were known as the Warriors and Brooklyn native, Chris Altruda is a freelance sportswriter based in Chicago. He has worked at three major U.S. wire services and also has prior experience in sports handicapping and daily fantasy roster building. Now that the Cubs have won a World Series, he holds out hope the Jets will win a Super Bowl before he dies. Can be followed on Twitter at @AlTruda73.


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