Gameday Central: Wake Forest vs. The Citadel
Demon Deacons host the Bulldogs in opening stateside game of the Battle 4 Atlantis
Nov. 20, 2013
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Wake Forest Hosts The Citadel in Battle 4 Atlantis
Wake Forest will wrap up its five-game homestand to start the season by hosting The Citadel on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the opening stateside game of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.
Thursday's game has no bearing on next week's event in the Bahamas. Wake Forest is set to take on No. 2-ranked Kansas on Thanksgiving Day.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the LJVM Coliseum. The game will be broadcast online on ESPN3 and can also be heard on the Wake Forest IMG Sports Network.
Last Time Out
Wake Forest is coming off a 90-83 win over Jacksonville on Monday in Winston-Salem. Travis McKie posted his 17th career double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Deacons past the Dolphins.
The Deacons led by as many as 16 points in the first half before the Dolphins chipped away and eventually took the lead in the second period. A 17-6 Wake Forest run sealed the win for the home squad.
Codi Miller-McIntyre scored 20 points for his fourth 20-point performance in as many games this season.
Devin Thomas battled early foul trouble to finish with 16 rebounds, eight points and a team-high five assists.
Wake Forest Storylines
Codi Miller-McIntyre is the first Deacon to score at least 20 points in four straight games since Jeff Teague, who had five straight midway through the 2008-09 season. Miller-McIntyre is the first Deacon to open the season with four-straight 20-point games since Trelonnie Owens in 1993-94.
Wake Forest leads the ACC in rebounding with 50.2 per game. Devin Thomas is the individual leader with 12.5 per game, easily out-pacing second place Jabari Parker of Duke who is averaging 8.8.
The Citadel is 2-3 on the season following an 86-60 loss at Tennessee on Saturday. The Bulldogs are coached by former Maryland player and assistant coach Chuck Driesell.
The Bulldogs and Deacons already have two common opponents early in the year. The Citadel opened the season with an 82-71 loss at VMI on Nov. 8 and then beat Presbyterian 82-68 at home on Nov. 12.
Wake Forest is 14-2 all-time against its former Southern Conference rival The Citadel. The Deacons went 11-2 against the Bulldogs while both teams competed in the SoCon from 1936-53.
The teams' most recent meeting came on Nov. 25, 1996, when Tim Duncan and the No. 3-ranked Deacons earned an 86-82 win on the road in Charleston, S.C.
Wake Forest will be off for a week before taking on No. 2-ranked Kansas on Thanksgiving Day in the Bahamas. Wake Forest will face either USC or Villanova in the second round the following day before playing one of Iowa, Tennessee, UTEP and Xavier in the third round on Nov. 30.
The Deacons return home on Wednesday, Dec. 4, to host Tulane at 7 p.m. Wake Forest is 4-0 all-time against Tulane, as the teams will be meeting for the first time since Feb. 3, 1992, in Winston-Salem.