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Duke figures to face a stiffer road test Wednesday night when the 10th-ranked team in the nation visits in-state rival Wake Forest. The Blue Devils won their first true road game of the season Saturday at Boston College, knocking off an undermanned Eagles team 81-64 in the ACC opener for both teams.
Star freshman Brandon Ingram made a big splash in his ACC debut with 25 points and nine rebounds while Grayson Allen stayed hot with 17 points for the nation’s fourth-ranked scoring attack. The Demon Deacons opened conference play with a 65-57 loss at then-No. 18 Louisville on Sunday, suffering through their lowest-scoring game of the season. Offense usually is not much of an issue for Danny Manning’s squad, but it entered Monday ranked last among ACC teams in scoring defense (77.1) and field-goal percentage defense (44.4 percent), which could present issues against the high-scoring Blue Devils. Duke won the previous meeting last March by a 94-51 margin and has claimed 10 of the last 11 encounters.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU
LINE HISTORY: The Westgate LV Superbook opened the Blue Devils as 7.5-point favorites. The total is off the board.
Duke – F Amile Jefferson (Out indefinitely, foot).
Wake Forest – N/A
ABOUT DUKE (12-2 SU, 6-6-1 ATS, 8-5-1 O/U): Allen was held without a 3-pointer for just the third time against Boston College but he had nine rebounds, five assists and three steals in a season-high 39 minutes, putting forth one of his most active efforts of the season. “(He’s) powerful, and then he’s fearless. So he goes with a little bit of a reckless abandon,” coach Mike Krzyzewski told the media. ”He usually is either knocked to the floor or he falls to the floor because of those Herculean plays that he makes.” Freshman guard Luke Kennard chipped in 17 points and is averaging 15.8 points in the five games since forward Amile Jefferson was sidelined with a broken foot.
ABOUT WAKE FOREST (9-4 SU, 5-6 ATS, 4-7 O/U): Devin Thomas remains the rock for the Demon Deacons as one of two qualified ACC players averaging a double-double (16.4 points, 10.2 rebounds). However, the senior doesn’t do anything from beyond the arc and the squad has only three legitimate options in that regard, getting 24 3-pointers apiece from Bryant Crawford, Konstantinos Mitoglou and Mitchell Wilbekin. The rest of the team has combined to make just 11-of-64 long-range attempts and the Demon Deacons’ 32.9 percent mark is 13th in the conference.
* Home team is 22-6 ATS in the last 28 meetings.
* Blue Devils are 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings.
* Blue Devils are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Wake Forest.
* Over is 5-0 in Blue Devils last five overall.
COVERS CONSENSUS: N/A