No. 1 Duke Blue Devils at No. 4 Wake Forest Demon Deacons
- Updated: January 27, 2009
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No. 1 Duke Blue Devils (18-1) at No. 4 Wake Forest Demon Deacons (16-1)
Wednesday 7:00PM Eastern
Bookmaker.com betting line –
The new top ranked team in the nation the Duke Blue Devils take to the road to battle the former top ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons. The Blue Devils have knocked off 10 straight victories since their only loss this season to Michigan. Duke is fresh off an absurd blowout over Maryland on Saturday when the Blue Devils took down the victory in a big way 85-44, but things promise to be much tougher this Wednesday night. Wake Forest got off to a 16-0 start and the No. 1 with some big wins over Clemson and North Carolina, but stumbled last Wednesday night losing to Virginia Tech 78-71. The Demon Deacons will try to get back on track in what would be a huge statement that they are still among America’s best if they can knock off top ranked Duke.
Wake Forest has been stellar on the floor this season and sports one of the highest scoring offenses in the nation averaging 85 points per game. The Demon Deacons are the only team to be in the top 6 in rebounds, scoring, and field goal percentage. Wake Forest has won 4 of the last 6 games against the Blue Devils at home and they will try to keep the trend in tact. Jeff Teague will lead the Demon Deacons offensive attack. The sophomore guard is averaging a team high 21.5 points which is also 2nd best in the ACC. The Demon Deacons also lead the ACC in both field goal percentage (50.5%) and field goal percentage against (36.9%), but will Wake Forest have enough to overcome the very talented and disciplined Blue Devils.
Duke gained the top ranking in the nation last week thanks to the Demon Deacons upset loss to Virginia Tech and got enough votes for the top spot. The Blue Devils have simply dominated the ACC early in conference play and are the only team left to be undefeated in the conference. The Blue Devils are also among one of the best scoring teams across the country averaging 80 points per game. Duke is led by the play of sophomore Kyle Singler who is posting 16.5 points and 8.1 boards per contest. However, it is the play of junior Gerald Henderson who has really lifted the Blue Devils in recent weeks. Henderson is averaging 14.5 points per game this season but has knocked down 21 points on average over the last 5 outing. Henderson gives the Blue Devils the break out threat that they need and Duke will need big performances from their entire starting lineup to hold off a tough challenge on the road from Wake Forest.
What to watch for…
The Blue Devils defense has been the big asset for them all season. Coach K and company present some of the best defensive schemes across the country. Duke held Maryland and Virginia Tech an embarrassing 44 points. The Blue Devils defense will be the big deciding factor in this game again. If they can keep Jeff Teague from posting big numbers and keep the scoring down, the Blue Devils will stay on top. However, that task is easier said than done.
Pick – Duke
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