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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, December 18, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Joel Coliseum (14,665) -- Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Television: RSN. Home Record: Furman 3-3, WF 3-2. Away Record: Furman 0-2, WF 0-1. Neutral Record: Furman 0-0, WF 1-2. Conference Record: Furman 0-0, WF 0-0. Series Record: Wake Forest leads, 16-7.
GAME NOTES: The Wake Forest Demon Deacons close out their three-game homestand on Tuesday night as they entertain the Furman Paladins at Joel Coliseum.
Furman hasn't found its rhythm through the first five weeks of the season, as it has yet to record back-to-back wins. The Paladins snapped a three-game losing streak on Dec. 9 with a home win against Presbyterian, but it kicked off a five-game road swing on Saturday with a 64-50 defeat at the hands of Auburn.
With a 63-57 home win over William & Mary on Nov. 23, Wake Forest was able to climb above .500 with a 3-2 record, but since then it has faltered by losing three of its last four. Two of those losses came on the Deacons' home floor, most recently on Dec. 8 versus Seton Hall, 71-67, in a game they led by 12 with 10 and a half minutes to play.
Wake Forest leads the all-time series with Furman, 16-7. The last meeting came during the 1995-96 season, with the Deacs winning, 81-49.
Furman hasn't been especially electric at the offensive end of the floor, making just 42.5 percent of its field goal attempts for 63.8 ppg, but it was even worse against Auburn on Saturday as it put forth one of its most sluggish efforts of the year. The Paladins shot 30.8 percent from the floor, including a lowly 5-of-22 from 3-point range, and they lost the rebounding battle, 42-29. Colin Reddick was impressive despite the setback, scoring a team-high 14 points while adding five rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocks. Kendrac Ferrara chipped in 10 points and seven boards. On the season, Reddick is the only Paladin to average in double figures, putting up 10.8 ppg on greater than 54 percent accuracy from the field. He also paces the squad in rebounding (7.0 rpg) and blocks (1.1 bpg). Charlie Reddick tallies 9.5 ppg and 5.6 rpg while connecting on 38.7 percent of his 3-point attempts. Furman has difficulty protecting the ball, as it turns it over nearly 17 times per game (minus-4.2 turnover margin).
Wake Forest's up-and-down season is perfectly displayed by how close its offensive numbers are (.446 FG percentage, 68.4 ppg) compared to its opponents (.444, 70.9 ppg). The Demon Deacons played another tight battle against Seton Hall, but ended up on the wrong end of the final score thanks to a 63 percent shooting effort in the second half by the Pirates. C.J. Harris did his best to keep his team in the game by shooting 9-of-14 from the floor, which included an incredible 7-of-10 showing from 3-point range, en route to a career-high 28 points. The seven triples were the most in a game by a Deacon since J.T. Terrell drilled the same against Iowa in November of 2010. Travis McKie also had a fine game with 16 points, seven rebounds and four steals. The outburst by Harris allowed him to catapult up the team's scoring ranks as he now leads the way with 13.9 ppg. McKie has given Wake Forest a solid inside- outside duo, putting up 13.3 ppg and a team-best 8.6 rpg. Chase Fischer (5.9 ppg) is a 3-point specialist, with 14 of his 18 field goals coming from long range.
Furman has struggled this year, and it has yet to show any signs of life away from home. Wake Forest has its share of issues as well, but defending its home floor, it should have little trouble dismissing the Paladins.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wake Forest 76, Furman 63
12/18 10:32:47 ET