Wake at Notre Dame Game Notes

January 29, 2020
7:00 p.m.
Notre Dame, IN

DEACS CONCLUDE JANUARY WITH VISIT TO NOTRE DAME

  • The Demon Deacons look for their 10th win of the season as they conclude their January schedule at Notre Dame
  • Wake Forest is looking to win at Notre Dame for the second consecutive season (last time the Deacs won at the same ACC opponent in consecutive years was at Virginia in 2009 and 2010)

SERIES HISTORY

  • Notre Dame leads 5-4 (Irish lead 3-1 at Purcell Pavilion)
  • The Deacons snapped a five-game Irish win streak in the series with a 75-68 road win last year
  • In last year’s win, Brandon Childress had 20 points (5-7 3FG), seven rebounds, eight assists and no turnovers while Olivier Sarr had a season-high 14 points (6-8 FG)

LAST TIME OUT

  • Wake Forest suffered a 65-63 overtime loss to Virginia on Sunday at LJVM Coliseum
  • The Demon Deacons were without their top two scorers (Brandon Childress and Chaundee Brown) due to injury
  • Andrien White scored 21 points for his second straight 20-point game and became the first Demon Deacon in 30 years to play every second of an overtime game (Sam Ivy vs. Virginia on 1/28/90)
  • Isaiah Mucius (16 points/10 rebounds) and Olivier Sarr (11 points/10 rebounds) had double-doubles

DOUBLE THE DOUBLE-DOUBLES

  • Wake Forest has had four games this season with a pair of players posting a double-double, its most since 2010 when the Deacs had seven games with two players posting a double-double
  • Three different pairs have accomplished the feat (Olivier Sarr/Isaiah Mucius -2, Sarr/Chaundee Brown-1, Sarr/Ody Oguama-1), Wake’s most since 2010 when four different combinations did so (Al-Farouq Aminu/Chas McFarland-3, Aminu/Ish Smith-2, Aminu/L.D. WIlliams-1, McFarland/Williams-1)

GET TO THE LINE

  • Wake Forest leads the ACC in free throw attempts (23.9 per game) and is second in free throw percentage (74.5 percent)
  • The Deacs’ free throw rate of 42.4% (FTA/FGA) ranks 8th nationally and is the highest for a Wake Forest team since 2014-15 (50.1)
  • Olivier Sarr ranks second in the ACC with 110 free throw attempts, already more than the 106 he had in his first two seasons combined
  • 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 (87) and Brandon Childress (77) 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 75 made free throws this season
  • 24.8% of Wake Forest’s points this season have come from the line, the second highest percentage nationally
  • Wake Forest and Alcorn State are the only teams in the nation to have each of its top four scorers shooting at least 79% from the free throw line this season
  • 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
  • Wake has recorded the season-high opponent free throw attempts for five teams (Boston College, Columbia, Pitt, UNC Asheville, Virginia)

THE BIG FRENCHMAN

  • Olivier Sarr has established himself as one of the most improved players in the ACC this year
  • Sarr is averaging 12.9 points per game this season, more than double of last year (6.2)
  • With 172 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 eight career double-doubles
  • 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 78.0 (100*FTA/FGA) leads the ACC, ranks 13th nationally and is the best by a Deacon since KenPom began tracking the stat in 2004
  • Sarr’s 79.1% from the free throw line is the highest percentage nationally among 7-footers