Wake Forest looking for another highlight in up-and-down season

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It has been a typical season for Wake Forest, but the Demon Deacons are looking for another highlight against the Duke basketball team on Tuesday night.

Things haven’t really changed much in Winston-Salem. Wake Forest is 11-15 (4-12 ACC) and has lost two straight games and four of its last five.

While the record hasn’t been great yet again for Danny Manning‘s team, there have been some positives this season for Wake, especially with a 17-point home win over North Carolina, despite the Tar Heels’ struggles this season.

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Wake has been led by Brandon Childress and his 15.0 points and 4.5 assists per game while Olivier Sarr averages 12.4 points per game but a team-high 8.6 rebounds.

Chaundee Brown returned from an injury in ACC play, and his production took a dip but is still averaging 11.9 points per game and is one of the best rebounding guards in the country at 6.1 rebounds per game.

No other Wake players average double digits, but guard Andrien White averages 9.7 points per game and is one of the better 3-point shooters on the Demon Deacons at 38.2 percent.

From the eye test, Wake Forest really struggles on offense, but the Demon Deacs are averaging 71.5 points per game and shooting 42.3 percent from the field and 33.7 percent from 3-point range.

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Duke was able to easily handle Wake Forest back in early January in a 90-59 victory while the Blue Devils did not have Wendell Moore, who was in the early stages of his recovery from hand surgery.

Moore will be available for Duke on Tuesday and is looking to snap out of a slump after he hit the game-winning shot in the victory over North Carolina, scoring just 13 points in the four games since.

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The Blue Devils and the Demon Deacons will tipoff at 7:00pm EST on Tuesday night from the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, and fans can view the game on the ACC Network.