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Coach K misses Duke's game against Wake Forest with virus

14 January 2018

If history is any indicator, Sunday's contest figures to be a tough one for Virginia (12-6, 5-0 in the ACC), which has dropped the last 25 contests between the two programs, a streak stretching back almost 18 years to a January 30, 2000, upset in Charlottesville, Va., when current Cavaliers head coach Joanne Boyle was an assistant for her alma mater at Duke. That meant that associate head coach Jeff Capel was the next man up, but he had a hard task on his hands.

"It was hard, because we need Doral in the game", said junior sixth man Keyshawn Woods.

Forced to the bench for long stretches and unable to defend as aggressively as they'd like when they were on the court, the Deacons' foul-plagued inside tandem - and its seldom-used replacement Sam Japhet-Mathias - was no match for the seventh-ranked Blue Devils in a 89-71 loss at Cameron Indoor Stadium. It might not be there yet, but Duke's defense continues to improve. Duke vs Wake Forest tv channel is on Fox.

Defense has been a problem for Wake all season.

"To have somebody like that on your team, who's throwing up on the bench on the side, not feeling too good, to have somebody like that come out and still play the way he did and give everything he had, that's just awesome", Bagley said.

The 6-foot-6 freshman was surprisingly Duke's second-leading scorer in the first half with 12 points, which already surpassed his career high.

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Now, Duke faces a quick turnaround with a game Monday night at No. 18 Miami, where the Blue Devils haven't won since 2014. He finished with just two points, missing all eight field goals.

He made his first basket of the season in early December against Army West Point, a two-pointer with his family watching. Defensively, Wake Forest yields 73.2 points against the opposing teams. "We've got a tough one on Sunday, but they're all tough at this point".

For a moment in the second half of Saturday's game, it looked like Duke's Grayson Allen had finally broken through. On Saturday, he had another off game. Moore leads in rebounds with 8.1 while Crawford tops in assists with 4.6 per game.

It's gut-check time again for Wake Forest - the first time in the calendar year, but not the first time this basketball season. "There's different ways that they can score, and we just have to keep building, because you can imagine having that happen and then have a few others join in". Meanwhile, touted freshman guard Chaundee Brown played 14 minutes, giving him an average of 3.7 points for the 11 games that he's played less than 20 minutes. "And he understands that he can do other things, to really help this team".

"Any time we make shots on the perimeter it's big for us", Capel said. Marvin Bagley III once again put on a show, with 30 points and 11 rebounds. "All of us have gotta want to play defense, and not just your-man defense, you've got to play team defense".

Coach K misses Duke's game against Wake Forest with virus