G- 00 Codi Miller-McIntyre (15.6 ppg, 3.0 apg)
G- 13 Coron Williams (10.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg)
F- 30 Travis McKie (9.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg)
F- 34 Tyler Cavanaugh (8.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg)
F- 02 Devin Thomas (11.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg)
Codi Miller-McIntyre -- The sophomore lead guard has become Wake's go-to player this season, as he leads the team in scoring (15.6 ppg).
Wake Forest Notables
WAKE FOREST HOSTS RIVAL NC STATE
Wake Forest will welcome in longtime rival NC State as the Demon Deacons host the Wolfpack in a late Wednesday night meeting.
Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. at the LJVM Coliseum. The game will be
broadcast on the ACC Network and online on ESPN3 and theACC.com. It
can also be heard on the Wake Forest IMG Sports Network.
LAST TIME OUT
Wake Forest is coming off an 80-65 loss at Pittsburgh on Saturday. The
Panthers ended the first half on a 12-4 run to gain separation from the
Deacons in the teams’ first-ever meeting.
Devin Thomas finished just shy of a double-double with 17 points and
nine rebounds. The sophomore went 8-for-11 from the field and also added
a block. Of his nine total rebounds, five came on the offensive end.
Codi Miller-McIntyre and Coron Williams joined Thomas in double figures
with 10 points apiece. Miller-McIntyre led the team with four assists, and
Madison Jones had three.
Tyler Cavanaugh turned in seven points and five rebounds, while Arnaud
William Adala Moto scored seven for the Deacons.
The game was the Deacons’ fifth all-time trip to the Steel City and the
first since the 1971 Steel Bowl tournament.
WAKE FOREST STORYLINES
Wake Forest has won 11 straight games at the Joel Coliseum, dating
back to last year’s season finale. It marks the Deacs’ longest home winning
streak since winning 16 straight at the Joel between 2007 and 2008.
Wake Forest is in the middle of a stretch that sees it play four of five
games on the road. The Deacons fell at Virginia and at Pittsburgh last week
and will play at Clemson and at Virginia Tech coming up.
Senior Travis McKie is seven points away from 1,500 for his career. The
leading active career scorer in the ACC, McKie would be the 20th Deacon
to reach the mark.
Coron Williams has played 66 minutes over three conference games and
has yet to commit a turnover. He has just four turnovers in 385 minutes
on the season.
NC State leads the all-time series with Wake Forest, 137-100. In its
238th all-time meeting, the series is the second-most frequent matchup
in the ACC.
Wake Forest is 18-6 against NC State at the Joel Coliseum, including an
86-84 win over the Wolfpack last season. The Deacons have taken six of
the last nine at the venue.
Wake Forest and NC State have played at least twice a season every
year since 1915-16.
Wake Forest will hit the road again for back-to-back games beginning this
weekend when Wake Forest plays at Clemson on Saturday, Jan. 18, and at
Virginia Tech on Wednesday, Jan. 22.
The Deacons will return to the Joel Coliseum on Saturday, Jan. 25, to
host Notre Dame in the teams’ first-ever conference matchup.
LAST TIME OUT
Devin Thomas turned in 17 points and nine rebounds, but
Pittsburgh used a late first-half run to gain separation from
Wake Forest and earn an 80-65 defeat of the Demon Deacons
in the teams’ first-ever meeting on Saturday afternoon at the
Petersen Events Center.
Pittsburgh began the game by jumping out to a quick 8-1
lead and then pushed it to 23-12 before Wake Forest was able
to scrap back into it.
The Deacons used a 7-2 run, which was fueled by five points
from Thomas, to trim the deficit to six with under seven minutes to play in the first period.
However, the Panthers ended
the half with a 12-4 run to turn a 28-22 margin into a 40-26
Thomas finished just shy of a double-double. The sophomore
southpaw went 8-for-11 from the field and also added a block
before fouling out with five minutes to go in the game. Of his
nine total rebounds, five came on the offensive end.
Codi Miller-McIntyre and Coron Williams joined Thomas in
double figures with 10 points apiece. Miller-McIntyre led the
team with four assists, and Madison Jones had three.
Tyler Cavanaugh turned in seven points and five rebounds,
while Arnaud William Adala Moto scored seven on the day.
The game was the Deacons’ fifth all-time trip to the Steel
City and the first since the 1971 Steel Bowl tournament.
Wake Forest has dropped five games on the season, but
every loss has come at the hands of a quality team. Four of the
five teams to beat the Deacons are currently ranked in the top
30 of the RPI. The fifth, Tennessee, is No. 55 in the RPI.
In addition to the Vols, Wake Forest has lost to Kansas
(#2), Virginia (#23), Pittsburgh (#23) and Xavier (#28).
The Deacons rank No. 69 in the latest RPI rankings, which
puts them seventh-highest among ACC teams.
WHO’S UP NEXT...
Following the NC State game, the Deacons will play two
consecutive road games at Clemson on Jan. 18 and at Virginia
Tech on Jan. 22. Wake Forest is looking to avenge road losses
to both squads from last season.
The Deacons will return to the Joel Coliseum on Saturday,
Jan. 25, to take on Notre Dame in the teams’ first-ever conference meeting. Wake Forest is 1-0 all-time against Notre Dame,
beating the Irish 71-61 in the championship game of the 2000
Postseason NIT at Madison Square Garden.
HOME SWEET JOEL
The Demon Deacons are riding an 11-game home winning
streak, which is the fourth-longest active streak in the ACC.
Wake Forest is 10-0 at home this season and also won its final
home game last season against Virginia Tech.
The Deacons have won three of their last four home games
against ranked teams, beating No. 19 North Carolina this year
and No. 2 Miami and No. 18 NC State last season.
Wake Forest’s 11-straight home wins are its most since
winning 16 straight between the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.
The Deacons closed out their home non-conference schedule a perfect 9-0 this season.
THOMAS’ BIG NIGHT VS. THE WOLFPACK
In leading Wake Forest to an 86-84 win over No. 18 NC
State last January, Devin Thomas turned in what was one of
the top performances in college basketball last season.
Thomas finished with 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting, 14
rebounds, four assists, four blocks, and three steals. He led
the Demon Deacons back from a 16-point halftime deficit.
According to ESPN Stats and Research, Thomas was one of
just four players to post such a line in Division I over the last 15
seasons, joining Jason Thompson (Rider), Michael Sweetney
(Georgetown), and Joel Przybilla (Minnesota).
Thomas earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors following
his performance against the Wolfpack in January.
In the teams’ second meeting, in March at PNC Arena,
Thomas posted a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds
while going 6-for-11 from the field with two blocks.
NO DOUBTING THOMAS
Devin Thomas has been one of the ACC’s best big men this
season. The sophomore is averaging 8.9 rebounds per game
to rank second in the ACC and in the top 60 nationally.
Thomas has three of the top four rebounding performances
in the ACC this season: 19 vs. Richmond, 17 vs. VMI and 16
vs. Jacksonville. Only one other ACC player (Garrick Sherman
of Notre Dame) has had more than 15 rebounds in a game so
far this year.
Thomas has pulled down double-digit rebounds in four
games this season, including a career-best 19 vs. Richmond.
He is tied for second in the ACC with his five double-digit rebounding performances.
Thomas has done his best work in cleaning up the glass on
the defensive end, averaging 6.4 defensive rebounds per game
to rank second in the ACC.
The Harrisburg, Pa. native has posted four double-doubles
this year, which is tied for third among ACC players. Thomas is
averaging just shy of a double-double with 11.1 points and 8.9
rebounds per game.
In Wake Forest’s 11 wins this season, Thomas is averaging
12.6 points and 10.8 rebounds while shooting 56.1 percent
from the field. In the team’s five losses, Thomas is averaging
7.8 points and 4.6 rebounds and shooting 45.5 percent.
CODI ON THE RISE
Codi Miller-McIntyre has been the Demon Deacons’ go-to
player this season. The sophomore guard is averaging 15.6
points and 3.9 assists per game while shooting 45.5 percent
(87-of-191) from the field.
Miller-McIntyre ranks 10th in the ACC in both assists and
field goal percentage and 11th in scoring.
Miller-McIntyre leads the team in both scoring and assists
and is trying to become the first Deacon to accomplish the feat
since Jeff Teague in 2008-09.
Miller-McIntyre has scored 20+ points seven times this
season, including a career-high 26 points twice: vs. Kansas,
when he had 20 in the second half alone; vs. Richmond, when
he had 21 points after halftime including nine in OT.
The Deacons are looking to Miller-McIntyre to replace the
production of graduated guard C.J. Harris, who led the team in
scoring each of the previous two seasons.
Miller-McIntyre has taken a page out of Harris’ playbook
with his proficiency in getting to the free throw line. Miller-McIntyre has gone 64-for-95 for 67 percent at the line while
ranking fifth in the ACC with an average of 5.9 free throw attempts per game.
Miller-McIntyre is seventh in the ACC in per game scoring
improvement (+7.5) from last season.
Wake Forest is averaging 5.3 blocks per game and is on
pace to finish with one of the top totals in school history.
The Deacons rank fourth in the ACC and 43rd nationally in
blocks per game.
The Deacons are led by sophomore center Andre Washington who ranks eighth in the ACC with 1.9 blocks per game
despite averaging under 10 minutes played per game. The 7-0
Washington has multiple blocks in eight games this year, including a career-high five blocks at Xavier.
Travis McKie ranks second on the team with 15 blocks this
season. The senior forward ranks 15th all-time at Wake Forest
in career blocks.
Aaron Rountree III is also a good shot-blocker off the bench
with 12 on the year. Rountree had four blocks in a four-minute
span against North Carolina.
CAVANAUGH GAINING CONFIDENCE
Despite being a part-time starter last season and starting
each of the first 16 games this year, sophomore forward Tyler
Cavanaugh has flown under the radar for the Deacons.
Cavanaugh is averaging 8.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per
game. He has scored in double figures in eight games this
season after doing so in just three games last year. He scored
a career-best 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting against Richmond.
On the season, Cavanaugh is shooting 41 percent (40-of-97) from the field, which is an improvement from last year’s
32 percent shooting mark.
He is one of the team’s best free throw shooters at 76 percent (53-of-70) from the line. In conference games, Cavanaugh
has gone 16-for-19 for 84.2 percent at the line.
Cavanaugh has pulled down 82 total rebounds this season,
which tops his final total (77) from last year.
Cavanaugh’s improvement this season has been largely
attributed to his hard work over the offseason when he decreased his body fat while maintaining the same weight.
Dewitt, N.Y. native spent a good part of his summer working
out individually at the Syracuse practice facility.
Fifth-year transfer Coron Williams has been one of the
most consistent players for the Deacons this season. He is the
team’s third-leading scorer with 10.3 points per game, and he
has shot 42 percent (38-of-91) from 3-point range.
A fifth-year transfer from Robert Morris, Williams has turned
in the most prolific 3-point shooting stretch at Wake Forest
since Justin Gray was lighting it up from deep in 2005-06.
Williams ranks fourth in the ACC in 3-pointers made and
sixth in 3-point field goal percentage.
A part-time starter, Williams has scored in double figures in
10 games this season, the second-highest total on the team.
Williams struggled in his first two games in a Wake Forest
uniform, going 3-for-15 from the field and 0-for-7 from 3-point
range. However, Williams responded by scoring in double figures in seven straight games, all of which were off the bench.
Williams hit multiple 3-pointers in nine straight games before seeing the streak snapped vs. UNCG when he was limited
to 16 minutes on the court due to an eye injury. He has picked
up where he left off since with nine 3-pointers over the past
The Midlothian, Va. native was a prolific 3-point shooter for
Robert Morris, connecting on 42.3 percent (210-of-497) of his
shots from beyond the arc to help the Colonials to 50 combined
wins over the previous two seasons.
Williams is a 1,000-point scorer, amassing 1,116 points
between RMU (952) and Wake Forest (164).
DEACONS GETTING TO THE LINE
One of Wake Forest’s strengths this season has been its
ability to get to the free throw line. The Deacons currently lead
the ACC and rank 44th in the country in free throw rate (48.3
percent), which measures how often a team gets to the line.
Wake Forest ranks second in the ACC with 442 free throw
attempts on the season, an average of 27.6 per game.
Last season, Wake Forest led the conference and ranked
21st nationally in free throw rate (40.9).
The Deacons have not been a strong free throw shooting
team this year at just 62.4 percent. However, Wake Forest
has gone 34-of-49 (69.4 percent) at the line over the past two
Arnaud William Adala Moto has been playing well off the
bench recently, averaging 5.6 points and 5.3 rebounds. Adala
Moto turned in his best performance of the season against
North Carolina, coming up a rebound shy of his first double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds - both season-highs.
After missing his first three free throws against North Carolina, Adala Moto made his last five attempts from the charity
stripe, including four in the final minute to help put the game
away. Adala Moto had entered the game shooting only 43.5
percent from the free throw line.
Adala Moto has made 11 of his last 13 free throws. Before
that stretch, he was only 10-of-26 (38.5 percent) this season.
Wake Forest athletics contributed to this report.