Wake Forest Basketball Schedule: 2008-09
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest's 29-game regular season schedule was released by the Atlantic Coast Conference office on Tuesday afternoon. The schedule is highlighted by 15 home games at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, a Thanksgiving trip to the Anaheim Classic and nine appearances on the ESPN/ABC family of networks.
The Demon Deacons, who will be led by second-year head coach Dino Gaudio, will face 11 teams that participated in postseason play in 2007-08, including seven that made the NCAA Tournament.
Wake Forest will appear on television 21 times, including 13 national telecasts on the ESPN/ABC family of networks (nine times) or on Fox Sports Net (four times).
The Deacons will get their share of national television exposure when they compete in the 2008 Anaheim Classic, held Nov. 27-30 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. ESPN is the host for the tournament, and all three of Wake's games will be televised on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.
Wake Forest opens the season with three straight non-conference home games, beginning with North Carolina Central on Nov. 14. The Deacs will also play host to in-state rival UNC Wilmington on Nov. 19 and city-rival Winston-Salem State on Nov. 24.
From there, it is off to the West Coast for the Deacons where they will open the Anaheim Classic against 2008 NCAA Tournament team Cal State Fullerton. The Titans earned a surprise berth to the Big Dance last season by winning the Big West Conference Tournament.
Wake will either play St. Mary's, another 2008 NCAA Tournament team, or UTEP in the second round of the Anaheim Classic. The Deacs will face Arizona State, Baylor, Charlotte or Providence in the third round of the tournament. Baylor made the 2008 NCAA Tournament field, while Arizona State and Charlotte participated in the NIT.
The Deacs will return home to open the month of December by hosting Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 3. Wake Forest is 7-1 all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, which includes a 2003 defeat of the Hoosiers in Winston-Salem.
Wake will then host Bucknell on Dec. 6 and Wright State on Dec. 14. The game with Wright State is set to be televised on Fox Sports Net.
The Deacons will hit the road for their first true away game on Dec. 19 at Richmond. Wake will then play at in-state rival East Carolina on Dec. 22 before returning home to host Radford on Dec. 30.
Wake is set to ring in the New Year with a tough road test at Brigham Young on Jan. 3 in Provo, Utah. The game will be played at the Marriott Center, where the Cougars have won 47 straight contests. If BYU is able to keep the home winning streak intact heading into its matchup with Wake Forest, a 58-game streak will be on the line. It will be Wake's first-ever trip to BYU and just the second such trip by an ACC school (NC State in 2004).
With its 13-game non-conference schedule wrapped up, Wake Forest will open ACC play on Jan. 11 by hosting defending ACC champion North Carolina.
In its 16-game conference schedule, Wake Forest will play five opponents twice in home-and-home series. Those opponents include Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech and NC State.
The Deacons will travel to Boston College (Jan. 14) and Clemson (Jan. 17) before hosting Virginia Tech (Jan. 21) and Duke (Jan. 28) to finish up the month of January.
February sees the Deacs traveling to 2008 NCAA Tournament team Miami on Feb. 4 and then hosting Boston College in a return trip on Feb. 8. Wake will then play at NC State (Feb. 11) and host Florida State (Feb. 14) and Georgia Tech (Feb. 18).
Wake Forest visits Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. for the first time since 2007 on Feb. 22. NC State comes to town for a Feb. 26 matchup to wrap up the month of February.
The Deacons will play at Maryland on March 3 before hosting Clemson on March 8 to finish the regular season.
The 2009 ACC Tournament is set for March 12-15 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. It will mark the first time since 2001 that the conference tournament has been held in Atlanta.