Previewing Wake Forest

Codi Miller-McIntyre

Codi Miller-McIntyre and Wake Forest will be looking to knock off NC State in Winston-Salem. Here is a quick preview of the Demon Deacons.

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    PROJECTED STARTERS
    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)

    STAR WATCH
    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.

    SERIES HISTORY

  • 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.

    NEXT UP...

  • 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 halftime advantage.

    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.

    TOUGH LOSSES
    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.

    BLOCKBUSTER
    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.

    The Dewitt, N.Y. native spent a good part of his summer working out individually at the Syracuse practice facility.

    COLD-BLOODED CORON
    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 four games.

    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 games.

    HELLO MOTO
    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.

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