Wake Takes It To Duke, Tops Blue Devils 81-70

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Welcome to the rough life of road games in the ACC, Coach Scheyer.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons bounced back from receiving a beat down from Rutgers just days ago by taking down the Blue Devils 81-70.  Wake basically led from wire to wire, and by the last few minutes the game was all but decided.  There would be no last-minute heroics from the Blue Devils in this one.

Tyree Appleby had 18 points and eight assists to lead Wake Forest, while Cameron Hildreth added 16 points and nine rebounds despite playing through a banged-up wrist that required a mid-game tape job.

Jaylen Blakes scored a career-high 17 points to lead Duke (10-3, 1-1), which was playing shorthanded without two of its starters.  Both Dereck Lively II and Dariq Whitehead missed the game due to illness (non-COVID).  Duke’s shortened rotation couldn’t keep Wake’s aggressive rebounding effort in check. Wake Forest held a 37-29 rebounding advantage, which is particularly impressive given Duke’s prowess on the glass.

Their shooting struggles from behind the arc continued – Duke only made 8 of 27 3-pointers (29.6%).

Doe Scheyer’s club practice shooting?

Jon Scheyer
You’re supposed to rub his belly for good luck, Jon. Not kiss his forehead.

What’s The Outlook For Duke Going Forward?

This gives the Blue Devils their third loss before the start of the new year.  That hasn’t happened in quite awhile.  In fact, you have to go all the way back to the 1982-83 season, one of Coach K’s first, to find that mark.

“Credit to Wake,” Duke head coach Jon Scheyer said. “They were the hungrier team. They outplayed us. I thought their sense of urgency coming off their game on Saturday, you could really tell, and for us we didn’t have that.”

Up next, the Blue Devils return to the friendly confines of Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on the reeling Florida State Seminoles.  In past years, this has typically been a marquee matchup, but FSU just hasn’t been able to get it going this year.  They’ll limp into the contest with a 3-10 record.

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