DURHAM, N.C. -- A virus kept Mike Krzyzewski from coaching No. 7 Duke. Guard Gary Trent Jr. spent most of a timeout with his head over a bucket.

Even without Coach K, the Blue Devils came away from another Wake Forest game feeling pretty good.

Marvin Bagley III had 30 points and 11 rebounds, and Duke beat the Demon Deacons 89-71 on Saturday in a game the Hall of Fame coach missed.

With longtime assistant Jeff Capel in charge, the short-handed Blue Devils (15-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their second straight and moved their conference record over .500 for the first time this season.

"Great win for our guys in the midst of this adversity," Capel said.

But the story of this one was the virus that kept Krzyzewski out. School officials announced Krzyzewski's absence about 40 minutes before tipoff.

Capel said Krzyzewski woke up Saturday feeling ill and decided "he didn't want to get our guys sick, didn't want to put anyone else in jeopardy, but he's better."

Trent, who spent some quality time with that bucket on the bench, was a game-time decision by the coaches and said he was dealing with light-headedness and nausea.

"Just got to fight through it," he said.

The Blue Devils were still plenty healthy enough to win their seventh straight in the cross-state series.

Trent added 19 points and six 3-pointers, Wendell Carter Jr. had 15 points and 11 rebounds, Grayson Allen had a career-best 12 rebounds and reserve Alex O'Connell scored 13 points.

Bryant Crawford scored 21 points and Keyshawn Woods had 15 to lead Wake Forest (8-9, 1-4), which hasn't won at Cameron Indoor Stadium in 21 years.

BIG PICTURE

Wake Forest: Things aren't getting any easier for the Demon Deacons, who have lost five of six. Five of their next seven opponents appear in the national rankings, and it was asking a lot to expect the Demon Deacons to claim their first victory at Cameron since the Tim Duncan era in 1997. Crawford kept them in it early, scoring 14 points in the first half, but serious foul trouble by the bigs and the lack of an answer for Bagley -- not exactly an uncommon problem around the ACC -- ultimately did them in.

"Obviously, Duke came out and played the game that they would like to play to a certain extent, just judging by the score," coach Danny Manning said. "There were a lot of things we need to get better at."

Duke: Playing without Coach K isn't exactly a new phenomenon for the Blue Devils -- this is the third straight season in which the 70-year-old has missed at least one game due to health reasons. Now Duke faces a quick turnaround with a game Monday night at No. 18 Miami. Duke hasn't won there since 2014.

INJURY REPORT

In addition to Krzyzewski, the Blue Devils played their second straight game without injured center Marques Bolden(sprained knee) and forward Javin DeLaurier (hamstring).

PLAY OF THE NIGHT

Make it another highlight-reel play for Bagley. Trevon Duval poked the ball away from Terrence Thompson and Bagley snatched it up, whipping the ball behind his back to get past Mitchell Wilbekin near midcourt and then swooping in for a dunk that put the Blue Devils up 54-37 with 17 1/2 minutes left.

THEY SAID IT

In the final moments, the Cameron Crazies chanted "We want Bilas" because Wake Forest reserve Anthony Bilas is the son of former Duke player and current ESPN analyst Jay Bilas. Manning obliged, putting Bilas into the game with 48.5 seconds remaining.

KEY STAT

Duke attempted 34 free throws, making 27. Wake Forest had just nine foul shots and made seven of them.

UP NEXT

Wake Forest: Makes another cross-state trip to the Triangle to face North Carolina State on Thursday night.

Duke: Travels to No. 18 Miami on Monday night.

 

Allen, Bagley on Wooden Award Midseason List

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Duke senior Grayson Allen and freshman Marvin Bagley III were selected as two of 25 players named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25, as announced Thursday. The selection committee for the Wooden Award includes college basketball experts from across the country. The 25 individuals selected to the midseason list are considered frontrunners for the sport’s most prestigious individual honor, based on their performances during the first half of the 2017-18 season. 

The number of potential candidates for the 2018 Wooden Award will be reduced to 20 players in early February, before an additional five players will be removed from the list, leaving 15 on the final ballot prior to the NCAA Tournament. The announcement of the Wooden Award All-American Team will occur during the week of the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament. Players not named to the preseason or midseason watch list are still eligible to make the ballot at the end of the season. 

Allen has been a leader for the Blue Devils this season, as the sole senior and team captain. The Jacksonville, Fla. native has helped pace Duke as the nation's best scoring offense at 93.5 points per game. Allen is seventh in the conference in scoring (16.4 ppg), fifth in 3-point shooting percentage (.411), third in threes made per game (2.8) and ninth in assists per game (4.3).

Bagley III has been a double-double machine in his first collegiate season, with his 13 double-doubles tied for second in the country and first among freshmen. He currently leads the ACC in scoring (22.1 ppg), rebounding (11.8 rpg) and is second in field goal percentage (.626). He owns four of the ACC’s six 30-10 performances this season. 

The John R. Wooden Award, established in 1976, is presented annually to a student-athlete that not only showcases an athletic prowess on the court, but also demonstrates progress towards graduation by maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. 

 

Photo Courtesy: Marvin Bagley III, Duke Athletics