Men’s basketball releases schedule for 2013-2014
With head coach Jeff Bzdelik’s fourth year at the helm of the Demon Deacons approaching fast, the Wake Forest men’s basketball program was handed its schedule for the 2013-14 college basketball season by the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Aug. 22.
“You look at our schedule, and you see a schedule that will be full of some challenges, but ones we can win,” head coach Jeff Bzdelik said.
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“Last year we had a very young team, and they improved their physical strength and emotional outlook.”
With the recent additions of Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Notre Dame to the ACC, Wake’s current and future schedules began to take on some changes. The Deacons will play 18 ACC games this season, and they will be squaring off against all other ACC schools. Wake Forest will be playing arch-rivals Duke and North Carolina both at home and the road, and they will also be playing N.C. State and Clemson in both home and away matches this season.
It would have been difficult to pick better ACC basketball programs to play two times. Last season, Duke finished their season in the Elite 8 before losing to Louisville, who would go on to win the National Title.
While Wake will be shown on ESPNU for a few games, their final game against Duke March 5 will be shown on ESPN 2. In addition, North Carolina and NC State qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
Key ACC games for Wake Forest include Notre Dame (Jan. 25), Syracuse (Jan. 29), Florida State (Feb. 15) and at Miami (March 8). Last year, Wake Forest upset the then No. 2 Miami Hurricanes; however, it will still be a daunting road game for the Deacons.
Before ACC play kicks off on Jan. 5 against North Carolina at the Joel, Wake Forest will see a non-conference schedule against many schools that, historically speaking, have not yielded national contending teams.
However, in the Battle 4 Atlantis, Wake Forest will face powerhouse Kansas, and the Deacons may also face Villanova, Tennessee, as well as a few other schools from major conferences.
“Battle 4 Atlantis is a great tournament and all the games will be very competitive,” Bzdilek said. “We’re looking forward to opening up against Kansas.”
“We’re very excited about the upcoming season and it is fair and challenging. It sets us up nicely.”
As part of the annual Skip Prosser Classic Dec. 28, Wake will return to action after a week off for Christmas to face the Xavier Musketeers.
Wake won this match last year, but Xavier will try to reclaim the bragging rights with a win on their home court this year.
Wake Forest will also take on a number of other schools: Jacksonville, The Citadel, Tulane, Richmond, VMI and St. Bonaventure among others. Bzdelik certainly hopes to enter ACC play with a strong record.
Wake will begin the campaign Nov. 8 at the Joel against Colgate. The Deacons hope to open up 1-0.