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Delaware State at Wake Forest
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, November 28, 2014
Where: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Balance is critical to the success of most NCAA basketball teams - and to that end, Wake Forest is on the right track. The Demon Deacons look for another balanced effort Friday night as they host Delaware State in the fourth of a five-game homestand. Wake Forest had 11 players score five or more points in Wednesday's 83-49 drubbing of Mount St. Mary's, and should expect a similar outcome against a Hornets team coming off a 126-76 loss to Iona.

Wednesday marked the fourth time in five games that Wake Forest received at least 25 points from its bench. And the players know that kind of depth will come in handy once conference play begins. "Everybody on the team can play," guard Codi Miller-McIntyre told reporters. "That's the great thing about it - (the starters) don't have to stay in the game 30-plus minutes every night, because everybody has the ability to come in and produce."

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3

ABOUT DELAWARE STATE (2-3): The Hornets are in the midst of a grueling stretch that will see them play 10 of 11 games away from Memorial Hall - and the last two hosts have been anything but kind. Delaware State was trounced 99-71 by Arkansas, then watched Iona bury a school-record 24 3-pointers. The Hornets have been victimized by bad ball-handling, having turned the ball over 43 times in the losses to Arkansas and Iona.

ABOUT WAKE FOREST (4-2): What impressed Demon Deacons coach Danny Manning wasn't so much the balanced scoring, but rather the way his players took care of the ball. Wake Forest racked up a season-high 18 assists against Mount St. Mary's while committing a season-low nine turnovers - marking the first time all season the team had recorded a positive ratio. "That's something we've been working on, and need to continue to get better at," Manning said.

TIP-INS

1. Delaware State F Tyshawn Bell is averaging 16 points over his last three games, knocking down 12 3-pointers in that stretch.

2. Nine Wake Forest players average double-digit minutes, with a 10th - G Miles Overton - at 9.8.

3. F Devin Thomas leads the Demon Deacons in scoring (13.7) and rebounding (10.8).

PREDICTION: Wake Forest 86, Delaware State 53
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Delaware State 2-3 L3 1-0 1-3 0-0 1-0 1-3 0-0
Wake Forest 4-2 W2 3-1 1-1 0-0 0-0 4-2 0-0
Last Meeting
Delaware State Wake Forest
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
No previous meeting.
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Delaware State N/A
Wake Forest N/A
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Delaware State N/A
Wake Forest N/A
Assists Player  
Delaware State N/A
Wake Forest N/A
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Delaware State D. Haywood 77 43.9 19
Wake Forest D. Thomas 82 58.7 28
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Delaware State K. Gray 54 13 41
Wake Forest D. Thomas 65 11 54
Assists Player  
Delaware State C. Burley 20
Wake Forest C. Miller-McIntyre 17
Quickchart Matchup
Delaware State Off vs  Wake Forest Defense
69.8 Points For
63.8 Points Against
40.6 FG%
40.1 FG%
31.0 Reb
27.5 Reb
Wake Forest Off vs  Delaware State Defense
73.8 Points For
90.5 Points Against
43.7 FG%
47.9 FG%
27.5 Reb
36.3 Reb