Duke vs. Wake Forest: Three takeaways from the Blue Devils’ narrow win

first_imgWake Forest came close to pulling off a shocking upset over No. 4 Duke on Tuesday.The Demon Deacons held a lead for most of the second half but the Blue Devils rallied and managed to escape with a 71-70 win at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke entered the game as 25 1/2 point favorites. The Blue Devils were once again without star freshman Zion Williamson, who missed his fourth straight game after spraining his right knee less than 40 seconds into his team’s loss to North Carolina on Feb. 20.Wake Forest fell to 11-17 (4-12 ACC) with the loss while the Blue Devils improved to 25-4 (13-3 ACC). Related News The Blue Devils hit just seven of its 22 shots from behind the arc Tuesday. Barrett missed all six of his 3-pointers and Reddish connected on just two of his six attempts.Duke relied on jump shots for much of the game but took control when it began attacking the basket and drawing fouls. It attempted 26 free throws while Wake Forest went to the line just 12 times. Here are three takeaways from the Blue Devils’ narrow victory:Duke was one roll away from losingThe Blue Devils were one roll away from suffering their worst loss of the season.Duke appeared close to securing a victory when it took a 71-68 lead with 19 seconds remaining. But, it made the ending interesting.Brandon Childress followed with a layup to cut Wake Forest’s deficit to one before Jack White committed an inexplicable turnover on the ensuing inbounds play, giving the Demon Deacons the final possession.Childress air-balled a 3-pointer with six seconds left but the ball was rebounded by his teammate, Chaundee Brown, who attempted a layup at the buzzer.Brown’s shot hit every part of the rim before bouncing out and Duke came away with the win.Wake Forest was THIS CLOSE to its first win at Duke in 27 years 😳(📍 @INFINITIUSA) pic.twitter.com/gbPjaI1PoH— ESPN (@espn) March 6, 2019Brown scored a team-high 21 points in the game.Duke needs more from Cam ReddishDuke freshman Cam Reddish failed to make an impact Tuesday.Reddish scored six points on 2-of-9 shooting in the Blue Devils’ victory. He grabbed just two rebounds, did not record an assist and turned the ball over three times.The Blue Devils needed both R.J. Barrett and Reddish to step up with Williamson sidelined. Barrett did his part as he tallied 28 points. Reddish, however, did not deliver against the Demon Deacons.He’ll need to bounce back quickly in order for Duke to reach its full potential in the ACC and NCAA Tournaments.Duke continues to struggle from 3Duke’s biggest weakness is its shooting and it continued to struggle from 3-point range against Wake Forest.center_img March Madness 2019 bubble watch: Texas falls to No. 8 Texas Tech; TCU continues slide Three sentenced to prison as ‘great big warning light’ for college basketballlast_img

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