Duke looking to continue winning streak at home against Wake Forest

Duke basketball center Vernon Carey Jr. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Duke basketball center Vernon Carey Jr. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

The Duke Basketball team will look to keep its winning streak alive when the Wake Forest Demon Deacons enter Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday night.

After a nice victory on the road over Georgia Tech on Wednesday night, the Duke Blue Devils return to Cameron Indoor Stadium to face the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Saturday evening.

Duke is riding an eight game winning streak into Saturday’s game and the Blue Devils will put its perfect conference record on the line.

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Saturday will only be Duke’s second home ACC game, the first game was a 39-point victory over Boston College on December 31.

The Blue Devils will be without Wendell Moore once again as the freshman recovers from his broken hand.

Wednesday was Duke’s first game without Moore this season and the Blue Devils saw extended production from Alex O’Connell and Jordan Goldwire to help fill Moore’s void.

Against Wake Forest, Duke will have to defend its two guards in Brandon Childress and Chaundee Brown who combine to average 29.3 points per game, as the two are first and second on the team in scoring, respectively.

Duke point guard Tre Jones along with Goldwire will be a major factor in Saturday’s game, much like they were in the win over Georgia Tech on Wednesday.

The Demon Deacons also have center Olivier Sarr who averages 12.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game and will challenge Vernon Carey Jr. down low after the Blue Devils were just out rebounded by nine against the Yellow Jackets.

Do not get it twisted, Duke should be able to handle Wake Forest at home and I’d expect the entire roster to have another solid game on Saturday night, but one thing to keep an eye on is if Joey Baker remains in the starting lineup.

Alex O’Connell had been in the starting five for some time but Baker replaced the junior on Wednesday yet only played four minutes and did not score.

Duke and Wake Forest will tipoff inside Cameron Indoor Stadium at 8:00pm EST and the game can be seen on the ACC Network.

PREDICTION: Duke 87, Wake Forest 63