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Syracuse men’s basketball vs. Wake Forest: TV/streaming, time, odds, history & more

Wake Forest might be the closest thing to an easy win that’s left for Syracuse this season. Which puts the pressure on the Orange to get the job done.

NCAA Basketball: ACC Conference Tournament-Syracuce vs Wake Forest Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports

Teams: Syracuse Orange (18-10, 9-6) vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (11-16, 4-11)

Day & Time: Saturday, March 2 at noon ET

Location: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Line: TBD. ESPN’s BPI gives Syracuse an 81.9 percent chance of beating Wake Forest

TV/Streaming: RSN (check your local affiliates)/WatchESPN

Radio: Syracuse IMG Network, WAER 88.3, Sirius 93/XM 193

Wake Forest blog: Blogger So Dear

Rivalry: 7-1, Syracuse

Current Streak: 2, Orange

First Meeting: After beating Michigan State in the 2001 Preseason NIT, Syracuse took down the Demon Deacons in the championship game, 74-67. DeShaun Williams (Remember him?!) led the way with 23 points.

The victory vaulted the Orangemen to 12th in the subsequent poll and fan’s expectations even higher. However, Syracuse ended up struggling mightily that season, which resulted in an NIT invite.

NCAA Basketball: ACC Conference Tournament-Syracuse vs Wake Forest Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Last Meeting: Despite having been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference since the 2013-14 season, Syracuse earned its first-ever league tournament victory in 2018 against Wake Forest. The Orange, led by Marek Dolezaj’s career-high 20 points, took down the Demon Deacons, 73-64, in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

All five Syracuse starters scored in double figures, with Tyus Battle contributing 18 and Paschal Chukwu 18 points. But it was the Orange zone defense that helped truly seal the deal. Wake ended up making just 6 of its 29 3-point attempts.

The victory helped up Syracuse’s record to 20-12 overall and proved to be the icing on the NCAA Tournament cake for Jim Boeheim’s team.

Head Coaches: SU: Jim Boeheim (43rd year, 1,045-381); Wake Forest: Danny Manning (5th year, 64–88—102–117 overall)

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Coach Bio: Manning won a national title with Kansas in 1988, then spent 15 seasons in the NBA (with two trips to the All-Star Game). He returned to KU in 2003, where he served as a team manager for three years and then as an assistant from 2006-12.

Manning got his first head coaching job at Tulsa, getting to the CBI in year one, then taking the Golden Hurricane to a Conference USA title in 2014. That was enough to earn him a shot with Wake. In four complete seasons, he’s made one NCAA Tournament and is firmly on the hot seat with another bottom-feeding ACC team.

Last Year: Two seasons ago Manning not only got Wake Forest into the NCAA Tournament, he managed to have his Decs make the second round. Those were good times for Manning and Wake. Since then? Not so much.

The Demon Deacons ended the year with an overall record of 11-20 and won just four of 14 games within the ACC. Manning’s team started off poorly, dropping three straight—defeats to Georgia Southern, Liberty and Drake. That was book ended with three losses (Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and Syracuse in the ACC tourney) to end the miserable slog.

NCAA Basketball: ACC Conference Tournament-Syracuce vs Wake Forest Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports

Last Game: From way downtown: bang! Brandon Childress drilled a three with just 25 seconds left to help propel his Demon Deacons to a 76-75 home win over the Miami Hurricanes.

Childress, who of course is the son of former Wake star and current member of Manning’s coaching staff, Randolph Childress, scored 21 total in the win. Chaundee Brown also had 21 points of his own, plus the sophomore guard contributed with a career-high 14 boards for Wake.

It wasn’t a pretty win, and in fact, it was a rather surprising victory because the Decs were actually down by 14 to the Hurricanes with about eight minutes to play in the game. But Wake went on a timely 16-5 run—Childress adding eight points in that stretch—to help claw its way back.

”Fear Me, I’ve Killed Hundreds of Timelords”: Brandon Childress is one of the few Deacons who has showed signs of life this season. The junior guard scored 11 points against the Orange in the ACC tourney last March and is now leading Wake in scoring (15 ppg), assists (4.2 apg) and steals (1.6 spg). Plus, Childress is the most consistent 3-point-shooting threat, making about 38 percent of his attempts from distance.

Chaundee Brown is coming off a 21-point effort against Miami and has scored in double figures in three of the last five games, including 20 verses Florida State earlier in the month. A sophomore, Brown has struggled at times this season, but recently has developed into a solid offensive option for coach Danny Manning.

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If Syracuse Wins: It just feels like a win tomorrow all but wraps up an NCAA tournament invitation. A victory would give Syracuse 10 ACC wins inside one of the toughest leagues in the country — it’s probably enough. (Ed. note: I don’t necessarily agree)

Granted, a take down of the Decs followed by losses to Virginia, Clemson and some lesser team in the ACC Tournament might change things a bit. But the win at Duke and 10 total in the ACC should do the trick.

If Syracuse Loses: Oh, Lawd.

A loss at Wake Forest at any time of the year is bad. But compounding everything is the fact that if Syracuse doesn’t get a win tomorrow, it very well could end the regular season with five defeats in a row. In other words, the Orange need to win this winnable game to avoid disaster.

Fun Fact No. 1: Wake Forest developed its first basketball team in the early 1900s. It has since advanced to six Elite Eights, and has produced some NBA stars like Josh Howard and Chris Paul. The Decs have also been to exactly one Final Four. That came back in 1962.

Fun Fact No. 2: Wake Forest University was first built in Wake Forest, North Carolina in the 1800s. But in the mid 1900s Wake Forest University, which was first located in Wake Forest, North Carolina, moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina.