Wake at Syracuse Game Notes

February 8, 2020
8:00 p.m.
Syracuse, NY



  • Wake Forest concludes a week of back-to-back road games with a visit to Syracuse
  • The Deacs are looking for their second ACC road win of the year
  • It is the only meeting of the season between the teams


  • Syracuse leads 8-1 (Syracuse leads 3-0 at Syracuse, all at the Carrier Dome)
  • The Orange has won the last three meetings in the series
  • Syracuse won last year’s meeting 79-54 at the LJVM Coliseum
  • Wake’s lone win in the series was a 73-67 win over the Orange in 2018 in Winston-Salem


  • Wake Forest fell to No. 5 Louisville 86-76 on Wednesday night at the KFC Yum! Center
  • The Demon Deacons led by 15 in the first half and by 12 at halftime before the league-leading Cardinals rallied in the second half
  • Andrien White led Wake Forest with 17 points, the fourth time in the past five games he has led the Deacons in scoring
  • Olivier Sarr had 16 points and Brandon Childress added 14 points
  • Torry Johnson recorded a career-high six assists


  • Brandon Childress enters tonight’s game with 98 assists this season and is two assists shy of reaching the 100 assist mark for the third consecutive season
  • He will become the eighth Demon Deacon to have three straight 100 assist seasons (Muggsy Bogues, Ish Smith, Skip Brown, Derrick McQueen, Danny Young, Randolph Childress, Bryant Crawford)


  • Wake Forest leads the ACC in free throw attempts (23.2 per game) and is second in free throw percentage (74.6 percent)
  • The Deacs’ free throw rate of 40.9% (FTA/FGA) ranks 19th nationally and is the highest for a Wake Forest team since 2014-15 (50.1)
  • Olivier Sarr ranks second in the ACC with 132 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 (102) and Brandon Childress (95) rank first and second in the ACC in free throws made this season and joins Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley of Kentucky as the only power conference teammates to each have at least 95 made free throws this season
  • 24.1% of Wake Forest’s points this season have come from the line, the sixth 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
  • Wake has recorded the season-high opponent free throw attempts for five teams (Columbia, Notre Dame, Pitt, UNC Asheville, Virginia)
  • The Demon Deacons have drawn a league-high 449 fouls this season


  • Olivier Sarr has established himself as one of the most improved players in  the ACC this year
  • Sarr is averaging 13.0 points per game this season, more than double of last year (6.2)
  • With 197 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 77.7 (100*FTA/FGA) leads the ACC, ranks 13th nationally and is the second best by a Deacon since KenPom began tracking the stat in 2004 (CJ Harris in 2011)
  • Sarr’s 77.3% from the free throw line is the highest percentage nationally among 7-footers