Wake vs. Clemson Game Notes

February 1, 2020
8:00 p.m.
Winston-Salem, NC

DEACS OPEN FEBRUARY WITH REMATCH AGAINST CLEMSON

  • The Demon Deacons look for their 10th win of the season as they return home to host Clemson
  • It is the second of two meetings with the Tigers in an 11-day span as Wake lost at Clemson on Jan. 21
  • 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)
  • At halftime, the 2019-20 class of the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame will be recognized

SERIES HISTORY

  • Wake Forest leads 99-64 (Wake leads 55-18 at home, 19-5 at LJVM Coliseum)
  • The Tigers have won the last seven meetings in the series
  • Clemson won last week’s meeting at Littlejohn Coliseum 71-68
  • Wake’s last win in the series was 62-57 victory in 2014 in Winston-Salem

LAST TIME OUT

  • Wake Forest suffered a 90-80 loss at Notre Dame on Wednesday night
  • The Irish led by 12 with just over 8:00 to play before the Deacons closed the margin to within three in the final three minutes
  • Brandon Childress led the Deacs with 24 points, six rebounds and five assists
  • Olivier Sarr had 18 points and six rebounds and Isaiah Mucius added 13 points

THE FIRST MEETING

  • Wake Forest and Clemson met 11 days ago, a 71-68 Tiger victory on Jan. 21 at Littlejohn Coliseum
  • The Tigers rallied from down 10 in the first half and down six at halftime for the victory
  • Andrien White scored a season-high 22 points to lead the Demon Deacons
  • Olivier Sarr had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Brandon Childress added 14 points

NEXT MAN UP

  • Wake Forest has been hit with more injuries and illness this season than in recent years
  • The Deacs have had 53 man-games lost due to injury/illness in 2019-20, more than the last four years combined, with seven different players missing time
  • Tariq Ingraham has missed all 20 games this season after an achilles tendon injury suffered in preseason practice, Sunday Okeke has missed the last 18 games after an achilles tendon injury suffered in the home opener vs. Columbia, while Chaundee Brown (8), Sharone Wright, Jr. (4), Brandon Childress (1), Isaiah Mucius (1) and Olivier Sarr (1) have also missed time this season due to injury or illness
  • Only four Deacons (Torry JohnsonAndrien WhiteIsmael Massoud and Ody Oguama) have played in every game this season

GET TO THE LINE

  • Wake Forest leads the ACC in free throw attempts (23.8 per game) and is second in free throw percentage (74.8 percent)
  • The Deacs’ free throw rate of 42.0% (FTA/FGA) ranks 11th nationally and is the highest for a Wake Forest team since 2014-15 (50.1)
  • Olivier Sarr ranks second in the ACC with 116 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 (91) and Brandon Childress (86) 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 85 made free throws this season
  • 24.6% of Wake Forest’s points this season have come from the line, the fifth 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 six teams (Boston College, Columbia, Notre Dame, Pitt, UNC Asheville, Virginia)