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Standout Duos: Randolph Childress and Tim Duncan


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There have been plenty of great Dynamic Duos in the past--Abbott and Costello, Sherlock and Dr. Watson, Laverne and Shirley, and even the Refreshment Duo (they probably have the win in the looks department)--but when I look to the great Wake Forest duos, I had to really sit and think about it. Curtis Strange and Lanny Wadkins came to mind, Cory Parr and Steve Forman, Alphonso Smith and Aaron Curry, but I really couldn't go with any other pair than Chill and The Big Fundamental.

There's a reason that when people bring up the name Randolph Childress, Wake fans smile. The stone-cold killer had the swagger, and the shot to back it up. His counterpart, Tim Duncan, who needs no introduction, was the opposite--calm, cool, collected, stone-faced. Together, in 1995, they had one of the most memorable ACC Tournaments in Demon Deacon basketball history.

Finishing tied for first in the ACC, Wake drew Duke in the first round and Chill went off, dropping 40. They then took down an Elite Eight-bound UVA squad before smashing into the Tar Heels. Childress did what he did best--scoring 9 threes and putting Wake on his shoulders in overtime--hitting a game-winning shot with four seconds to play. He finished with 107 points and 23 three-pointers in the three games.

And as for Timmy D, he shut down Rasheed Wallace and had 14 blocks in the tournament, giving him an ACC Tournament record. Both were named to the All-ACC Tournament team.

Wake would win another ACC Tournament title in 1996 behind Duncan, while Childress would be picked 19th in the NBA Draft in 1995. The two would never play another game together after their Sweet Sixteen loss to Oklahoma State, but for those three days in Greensboro, even the duo of Batman and Robin would have been jealous.