Wake at Clemson Game Notes

January 21, 2020
8:00 p.m.
Clemson, SC


  • The Demon Deacons conclude their only stretch of two games in three days of ACC play with a visit to Clemson on Tuesday night
  • It is the first of two meetings with the Tigers in an 11-day span as Wake hosts Clemson on Feb. 1
  • A victory tonight would be the Deacons’ 100th all-time victory over Clemson, becoming the second opponent that Wake Forest has posted 100 wins against (NC State – 106)


  • Wake Forest leads 99-63 (Clemson leads 42-35 at home, 28-19 at Littlejohn Coliseum)
  • The Tigers have won the last six meetings in the series
  • Clemson won last year’s meeting at Littlejohn Coliseum 64-37
  • Wake’s last win in the series was 62-57 victory in 2014 in Winston-Salem
  • The Deacs last won at Clemson in 2009, a 78-68 victory at Littlejohn Coliseum


  • Wake Forest recorded its second ACC win of the year with an 80-62 victory over Boston College
  • The Demon Deacons used a 24-4 run spanning the end of the first half and the start of the second half to break open a tie game
  • Brandon Childress scored a game-high 20 points on 5-7 shooting from 3-point range, his fourth 20point game of the season
  • Olivier Sarr finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds after becoming the first Deac since 2013-14 to post a first-half double-double (10 points and 10 rebounds)
  • Ody Oguama set career highs of 16 points and 10 rebounds to post his first career double-double
  • Ismael Massoud tied his career highs with 14 points and six rebounds
  • The Deacs tied a season high with 10 3-pointers


  • Wake Forest leads the ACC in free throw attempts (24.5 per game) and is second in free throw percentage (73.8 percent)
  • The Deacs’ free throw rate of 43.2% (FTA/FGA) ranks 3rd nationally and is the highest for a Wake Forest team since 2014-15 (50.1)
  • Olivier Sarr ranks second in the ACC with 98 free throw attempts, already eclipsing his 2018-19 free throw attempt total (61)
  • Sarr’s 6.1 FTA/game is the highest rate of getting to the line by a Deacon since 2017 when John Collins averaged 6.7 FTA/game
  • Olivier Sarr (78) and Brandon Childress (73) rank first and second in the ACC in free throws made this season and are the only power conference teammates to each have at least 70 made free throws this season
  • 24.8% of Wake Forest’s points this season have come from the line, the third highest percentage nationally


  • Olivier Sarr has established himself as one of the most improved players in the ACC this year
  • Sarr is averaging 12.8 points per game this season, more than double of last year (6.2)
  • With 150 boards, Sarr has already eclipsed his rebounding total of last season (137)
  • Sarr posted a career-high 21 points vs. UNC Asheville and vs. Arizona, a career-high 14 rebounds vs. Charleston, a career-high five blocks at Charlotte and his first six career double-doubles (Davidson, Charleston, Arizona, Penn State, North Carolina A&T, Boston College)
  • Against Boston College, he had 10 points and 10 rebounds before halftime, the first first-half double-double by a Deac since 2013-14
  • His free throw rate of 81.0 (100*FTA/FGA) leads the ACC, ranks 13th nationally and is the best by Deacon since KenPom began tracking the stat in 2004


  • The Demon Deacons have gotten contributions from its freshman class this season
  • Ismael Massoud scored a career-high 14 points in both of Wake Forest’s ACC wins this season (at Pitt, vs. Boston College)
  • Ody Oguama has started the last 15 games and had his first career double-double with career-highs of 16 points and 10 rebounds in the victory over Boston College
  • Jahcobi Neath is third on the team in assists and has shot 50.0% (8-16) overall and 75% (3-4) from three over the last four games