Wake at N.C. State Game Notes

March 6, 2020
7:00 p.m.
Raleigh, NC

 

DEACS MEET WOLFPACK IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE

  • Wake Forest concludes the regular season with a visit to NC State
  • The Deacs are ending the regular season on the road for the sixth time in the last seven years
  • Tonight’s game marks Wake Forest’s first regular season ACC game on a Friday since hosting No. 3 Maryland on Jan. 11, 1974

AN OLD TRADITION RETURNS

  • Wake Forest and NC State meet in the regular season finale for the first time since 2008
  • From 1972-2008, the Deacs and Wolfpack ended the schedule against each other in 32 of 37 seasons
  • Wake has a 3-0 record in regular season finales at PNC Arena, winning in 2001, 2003 and 2005

SERIES HISTORY

  • NC State leads 145-106 (NC State leads 61-24 in Raleigh, 15-5 at PNC Arena)
  • The Wolfpack won the first matchup of the season, 91-82, on Dec. 7 in Winston-Salem as Brandon Childress scored a career-high 30 points
  • Wake Forest’s 106 wins against the Wolfpack are the most against any opponent
  • The Deacs last won in Raleigh in 2017 as John Collins (21 points) led Wake to a 93-88 victory

A STANDING O FOR OLIVIER

  • Olivier Sarr is the reigning ACC Player of the Week after two dominant performances last week in the wins over No. 7 Duke and Notre Dame
  • Sarr set a career high with 25 points in the win over Duke on 7-9 shooting from the floor and 11-14 from the line (He drew 10 fouls in the game and worked to foul out three Blue Devil post players)
  • Against Notre Dame, Sarr set career highs of 30 points and 17 rebounds, becoming just the third Deacon in the last 50 years to have a 30-and-15 game in ACC play (John Collins, Rodney Rogers)
  • Sarr was also named the Lute Olson National Player of the Week by CollegeInsider.com

GET TO THE LINE

  • Wake Forest leads the ACC in free throw attempts (24.3 per game) and is third in free throw percentage (75.0 percent)
  • The Deacs’ free throw rate of 42.6% (FTA/FGA) ranks sixth nationally and is the highest for a Wake Forest team since 2014-15 (50.1)
  • Olivier Sarr ranks second in the ACC with 177 free throw attempts, already more than the 106 he had in his first two seasons combined
  • Sarr’s 6.3 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 (135) and Brandon Childress (123) rank second and fourth in the ACC in free throws made this season
  • 24.7% of Wake Forest’s points this season have come from the line, the third highest percentage nationally
  • Wake Forest went 24-of-25 from the free throw line against Long Beach State in the semifinals of the Wooden Legacy, as the 96% was the second-best single-game average in school history (min. 20 attempts), trailing only the ACC record 32-of-32 Wake had against North Carolina in 2005
  • In the double overtime win over Duke on Feb. 25, Wake had 50 FTAs, their most since 1982
  • Wake has recorded the season-high opponent free throw attempts for five teams (Columbia, Duke, Notre Dame, UNC Asheville, Virginia)
  • The Demon Deacons have drawn a league-high 601 fouls this season
  • Wake Forest has had 24 opponents foul out this season, its most since 27 in 2017-18

O CANADA!

  • Freshman guard Jahcobi Neath has been playing his best basketball of the season over the last five games
  • The Toronto native is averaging 10.6 points and 4.0 assists over the last five, including a career-high six assists at Miami and scoring a career-high 16 points against both Georgia Tech and Duke

UP NEXT

  • The Demon Deacons will play next week in the ACC Tournament in Greensboro
  • The tournament begins with two games on Tuesday and the bracket will be finalized on Saturday night following the conclusion of the UNC-Duke game