Marvin Bagley III Double-Double Leads No. 7 Duke Past Wake Forest

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Krzyzewski woke up ill Saturday, decided he didn't want to get his team sick and chose to stay away, once again turning things over to Jeff Capel in what has become a familiar routine for the Blue Devils in recent years.

"We have to", Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said about receiving significant contributions from reserves. The last time was March 8, 2017 in a game against Clemson. He missed the Pittsburgh game with a hamstring injury.

But the No. 7 ranked Blue Devils didn't miss a beat.

But it's the defense that has been of utmost concern for Duke since it surrendered more than 80 points in each of its first three ACC games.

Bagley III, who leads the ACC in scoring and rebounding, grabbed a career-best 14 double-double, which equals the most by a Duke freshman. It might not be there yet, but Duke's defense continues to improve.

Capel said Krzyzewski woke up with the virus.

"But he's better", Capel said of Krzyzewski. "We have to just keep working at it".

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The senior guard was 0-for-5 from the floor and was 0-for-3 from behind the 3-point line against Wake Forest, and finished with two points - both free throws.

Duke was without its head coach Mike Krzyzewski on Saturday against Wake Forest because he had a virus. He left the game in the first half to throw up in a bucket near the bench.

While Wake Forest shot 43.5 percent on 3-pointers, it managed only 36 percent overall and never recovered after a 16-3 run allowed Duke to build a double-digit lead toward the end of the first half.

Given that, and the changes Duke has tried to make in the wake of the N.C. State loss, if not explicitly because of it - more intensity on defense and going deeper on the bench even with Marques Bolden and Javin DeLaurier out, although that's easier in blowouts like this one and Wednesday's win at Pittsburgh - Saturday represented another step forward in the development of a very inexperienced team that's trying to figure things out, especially given the flu casualties.

O'Connell has scored 21 points in the last two games. Defensively, Wake Forest yields 73.2 points against the opposing teams. But he said they were getting healthier. The other two games are on the road.

Allen praised the Demon Deacons backcourt, and noted some similarities with his style.

For Wake Forest, this begins an eight-game stretch with six opponents now ranked.

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