Demon Deacons to open the Danny Manning era on Nov. 14, vs. UNC Asheville
July 10, 2014
By Scott Wortman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@TieDyeNation)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest welcomed new head coach Danny Manning this past April, and the Demon Deacons will officially usher in the new era on Friday, Nov. 14, vs. UNC Asheville in the 2014-15 season opener.
The opener begins a non-conference slate that was announced by Wake Forest on Thursday. Television broadcast designations and tip-off times have not been set yet and will be announced by the ACC at a later date.
"I'm excited to get the season started this fall," said Manning. "The non-conference schedule we have put together features a challenging mix of home and road games that will prepare us for the conference season. We have a great group of young men who are working hard and who have bought into our vision for the program. I'm looking forward to seeing their efforts pay off on the court this season."
Friday, Nov. 7 - Young Harris (Exhibition)
Wake Forest will host Young Harris College in the Deacons' only public exhibition game prior to the start of the regular season. Young Harris, which is located just across the North Carolina state line in northern Georgia, competes on the NCAA Division II level and went 17-9 last season.
Friday, Nov. 14 - vs. UNC Asheville
Wake Forest will host its in-state rival to open the season in the second annual Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Classic. The Demon Deacons have never lost to the Bulldogs in seven all-time meetings. Wake Forest picked up a 79-63 win during the 2005-06 season in their most recent meeting. The series dates back to the 1982-83 season, and all seven meetings have come in Winston-Salem.
Monday, Nov. 17 - at Tulane
The Deacons will travel to New Orleans for a return trip after hosting the Green Wave last season. Behind 18 points from Coron Williams and 34 total from the Deacon bench, Wake Forest beat Tulane 72-57 on Dec. 4 of last year. The win moved the Deacons to 5-0 all-time in the series, which dates back to 1954. This will mark Wake Forest's earliest true road game since playing at Bucknell on Nov. 14, 2006.
Wednesday, Nov. 19 - at Arkansas (The Roundball Showcase)
Wake Forest will follow its New Orleans trip with a visit to Fayetteville, Ark. to play the Razorbacks in The Roundball Showcase for what will be the first of two meetings with the SEC this season. The Deacons lead the all-time series with the Razorbacks 4-2, including a 76-71 win in Fayetteville in the 2001 Preseason NIT. Wake Forest also posted a 86-80 win over Arkansas in the opening round of the 1977 NCAA Tournament in Norman, Okla.
Friday, Nov. 21 - vs. Iona (The Roundball Showcase)
Wake Forest returns home to host Metro Atlantic foe Iona in a weekend slate that also features the Demon Deacon football team hosting Virginia Tech the following day. The Deacons will be looking for revenge after suffering a loss to the Gaels at the Paradise Jam in 2012-13. This game, along with Wake Forest's games on Nov. 24 and 28, will be part of The Roundball Showcase event hosted by Arkansas.
Monday, Nov. 24 - vs. Nicholls State (The Roundball Showcase)
The Deacons begin a busy Thanksgiving week by hosting Nicholls State on Monday. The Deacons will be facing the Colonels for the first time, in addition to playing their first-ever Southland Conference opponent.
Wednesday, Nov. 26 - vs. Mount St. Mary's
Wake Forest hosts Mount St. Mary's in a pre-Thanksgiving matchup with the Mountaineers. The Deacons are 3-0 all-time against Mount St. Mary's and have never lost in 16 previous meetings with the Northeast Conference. Wake Forest posted a 108-61 win in its most recent meeting with the Mountaineers to open the 2000-01 season.
Friday, Nov. 28 - vs. Delaware State (The Roundball Showcase)
Wake Forest hosts MEAC foe Delaware State to finish off the Thanksgiving holiday. The Deacons and Hornets have never met previously. Wake Forest is 17-0 all-time against current MEAC teams.
Tuesday, Dec. 2 - vs. Minnesota (ACC/Big 10 Challenge)
As previously announced, the Deacons will host the defending NIT champion Golden Gophers in the 2014 ACC/Big 10 Challenge. Wake Forest and Minnesota will be meeting for the second time in the Challenge. Wake Forest beat Minnesota 85-79 at home in the 2001 event. The teams have split six all-time meetings since 1954, including a loss in Minneapolis in the 2006 Postseason NIT.
Sunday, Dec. 14 - vs. Samford
Wake Forest will return from its fall semester exam break to host Southern Conference rival Samford. The Deacons and Bulldogs have met just once previously, a 74-45 Wake Forest win at home during the 1991-92 season. Wake Forest, once a member of the Southern Conference, has won 15 of its past 16 games against the league.
Saturday, Dec. 20 - at Florida (Orange Bowl Classic)
As previously announced, Wake Forest will face 2014 NCAA Final Four participant Florida in the 21st annual MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. Wake Forest is 5-6 all-time against Florida in the teams' 11 previous meetings on the hardwood. The Deacons and Gators last met during the 2005-06 season when Florida beat Wake Forest 77-72 at the 2k Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Monday, Dec. 22 - vs. Bucknell
The Deacons and Bison will renew their rivalry in a pre-Christmas meeting in Winston-Salem. Wake Forest is 5-0 all-time against Bucknell, including three recent meetings. The teams met in Lewisburg, Pa. in 2006-07 with the Deacons escaping with a win in overtime. Wake Forest then hosted Bucknell in 2007-08 and in 2008-09, winning both matchups.
Sunday, Dec. 28 - at Richmond
Longtime rivals Wake Forest and Richmond continue their annual series with the Deacons playing at the Spiders this season. Wake Forest leads the series, which dates back to 1921, 39-12. The Deacons snapped a three-game losing streak to the Spiders with a 76-66 overtime win in Winston-Salem this past December, erasing a late 11-point deficit for the victory.
Wednesday, Dec. 31 - vs. Princeton
Wake Forest wraps up its non-conference slate with a New Year's Eve matchup against Ivy League foe Princeton. The Deacons are 2-1 all-time against the Tigers, including a 61-42 home win in 2005-06 in the teams' most recent meeting. Wake Forest is 15-5 all-time against Ivy schools with a 2012-13 win over Yale as the Deacons' last meeting with the league.