When Duke hosts Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon, Mike Krzyzewski will not be in his familiar place on the bench.

Associate head coach Jeff Capel will coach the Blue Devils while Krzyzewski tries to fend off a virus that he contracted this week. Capel said he found out less than an hour before tipoff that he would be serving as head coach.

Capel led Duke to a 4-3 record last January after Krzyzewski, 70, had to step away for four weeks as a result of back surgery. The former Oklahoma and VCU head coach also filled in for Krzyzewski for one game the previous season because of illness, an 80-71 road win at Georgia Tech.

Thanks to a formidable offense powered by All-American candidates Marvin Bagley and Grayson Allen, Duke is off to 14-2 start this season and has yet to lose at home. The Blue Devils are a heavy favorite on Saturday against a Wake Forest team that is 8-8 overall and has only won one of its four ACC games so far this season.

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Jeff Eisenberg is a college basketball writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter!



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