The longtime coach missed seven games last season due to back surgery.
"It was hard, because we need Doral in the game", said junior sixth man Keyshawn Woods.
But the No. 7 ranked Blue Devils didn't miss a beat.
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. He scored 19 points and was 6-for-7 from behind the 3-point line. Wake Forest is a tougher team than Pitt, which the Blue Devils beat 87-52 on Wednesday, and Duke forced the Demon Deacons to shoot 34 percent from the floor in the first half.
Krzyzewski is 1,085-332 in his 43rd season as a college head coach, with 1,012 of those victories coming during his 38 seasons at Duke.
"To have somebody like that on your team, who's throwing up on the bench on the side, not feeling too good, to have somebody like that come out and still play the way he did and give everything he had, that's just wonderful", Bagley said.
Bagley III and Duke travels to No. 18 Miami on Monday night. He finished with 13 points. The last time the Blue Devils dropped a game in the series at home was three years earlier in a blowout defeat to the then-no.
However, to the credit of this team, they took care of business this afternoon, getting a 13 point halftime lead over Wake while staying in control for basically all 40 minutes for the 89-71 win.
For a moment in the second half of Saturday's game, it looked like Duke's Grayson Allen had finally broken through.
Trent was also a game-time decision Saturday, deciding to play and, as it turned out, playing well.
It's gut-check time again for Wake Forest - the first time in the calendar year, but not the first time this basketball season. The four other starters combined to make only 6 of 25 shots.
Heading into Sunday's conference matchup, Duke has been outrebounded in each of its past four games by an average margin of 3.7 boards per game. The Cavaliers are led by Dominique Toussaint, who is averaging 11.6 points and 3.8 assists per game for a team that has not lost since December 2. "And he understands that he can do other things, to really help this team". The Centers for Disease Control said Friday that flu activity is "widespread and intense" and the season has the potential to be one of the worst in years, with this year's flu shot less effective than usual - not a failure of the system, but an unfortunate and unavoidable effect of predicting flu strains with enough lead time to mass-produce the vaccine. All of us have got to want to play defense and not just your man. Marvin Bagley III once again put on a show, with 30 points and 11 rebounds.