Wake vs. Notre Dame

February 29, 2020
4:00 p.m.
Winston-Salem, NC
 

FAN INFORMATION

  • Game Sponsor: Harris Teeter
  • Pregame: Senior Day Ceremony

DEACS HOST NOTRE DAME ON SENIOR DAY

  • Wake Forest concludes its home schedule on Saturday by hosting Notre Dame
  • Seniors Brandon ChildressTorry Johnson and Andrien White will be honored pregame before their last home game at the LJVM Coliseum
  • Wake Forest is playing on Leap Day for the fifth time and have a 3-1 record on Feb. 29 (Home W vs. Elon in 1916, Neutral W vs. Richmond in 1940, Home W vs. NC State in 1964, Road L at Virginia in 1984)

SERIES HISTORY

  • Notre Dame leads 6-4 overall (Notre Dame leads 2-1 at LJVM)
  • The Irish won the first meeting this season, 90-80, on Jan. 29 at Purcell Pavilion
  • Wake Forest won last season’s matchup at Notre Dame, 76-71

LAST TIME OUT

  • Wake Forest upset No. 7 Duke 113-101 in double overtime on Tuesday night
  • The Deacs rallied from down nine (78-69) with 1:15 to play in regulation to win (had a 0.6% chance of winning at that point according to KenPom)
  • Olivier Sarr scored a career-high 25 points, Chaundee Brown scored 24 points and Brandon Childress scored 13 of his 17 points in the overtimes
  • The Deacs’ 34 overtime points were a school record (previous record was 32 in a double overtime win vs. Georgia Tech in the 2007 ACC Tournament)
  • Wake’s 113 points tied for the most allowed by Duke in the Mike Krzyzewski era

SECOND TIME IS THE CHARM

  • Tonight’s game is the fourth rematch of the season for the Demon Deacons
  • In the first three rematches (Boston College, Clemson and Duke), the Deacs recorded a home victory after losing to that opponent on the road earlier in the season

OVER? NOTHING IS OVER UNTIL WE DECIDE IT IS!

  • In each of the last two seasons, Wake Forest has come back from a late deficit to win, recording the lowest KenPom minimum win percentage in the ACC each year
  • In the Feb. 25 double overtime win over Duke, Wake had a 0.6% chance to win when trailing 78-69 with 1:15 to play in regulation, the lowest percentage to overcome for a win in the ACC this season and seventh lowest nationally
  • Last year, the Deacs had a 0.9% chance to win when trailing Miami 70-60 with 1:59 to play before rallying for a 76-75 win, the lowest percentage overcome for a win in the ACC in 2019

THE BIG FRENCHMAN

  • Olivier Sarr has established himself as arguably the most improved player in the ACC this year
  • Sarr’s Player Efficiency Rating (PER) has improved from 14.5 last year to 25.1 this season
  • Sarr is averaging 12.9 points per game this season, more than doubling his scoring average of last year (6.2)
  • With 221 boards, Sarr is closing in on his total from his first two seasons combined (226)
  • Sarr posted a career-high 25 points vs. Duke, 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 80.7 (100*FTA/FGA) leads the ACC, ranks seventh nationally and is the best by a Deacon since KenPom began tracking the stat in 2004

UP NEXT

  • The Demon Deacons open the month of March with a visit to North Carolina on Tuesday
  • It is a rematch of a Feb. 11 game in Winston-Salem when the Deacs topped the Tar Heels 74-57
  • With a win in Chapel Hill on Tuesday, the Deacs would sweep the season series with UNC for the time since 2003
  • Game time on ACC Network is 7:00 p.m.