WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Syracuse basketball (18-10, 9-6 ACC) gets another chance to secure its 10th league win and solidify its NCAA Tournament chances when the Orange visit the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (11-16, 4-11 ACC) on Saturday afternoon.
The game tips off just after at 12 p.m. at Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem and will be televised on Raycom Sports affiliates. Tim Brando and Brian Oliver will be the announcers.
In the Syracuse area, the game will be shown on WSTM - NBC 3. In other Central New York markets, the contest will be available on the following TV stations, according to the ACC:
- Binghamton: WBPN (My 8)
- Elmira: WJKP-TV Twin Tiers (My Network TV)
- Utica: WPNY-LP Channel 11 (My Network TV)
- Watertown: WWTI - ABC 50
Elsewhere in upstate New York, you can find the Orange-Demon Deacons game on these channels:
- Albany: WNYA My 4
- Buffalo: WNLO - CW 23
- Plattsburgh: WNNE - The Valley CW
- Rochester: WHAM-DT2 - The CW Rochester
Syracuse is coming off a 93-85 loss at No. 5 North Carolina on Tuesday night. Like the Duke game three days earlier, the Orange led the Heels at the half but could not answer their opponent’s offensive spurts in the second stanza.
Wake Forest notched a thrilling 76-75 home win over Miami on Tuesday, the Demon Deacons’ second victory in their last three games. Wake’s leading scorer is 6’0 junior guard Brandon Childress, who averages 15 points a game. He made the game-winning shot against the Hurricanes.
What’s at stake for Syracuse?
Syracuse (No. 44 in NET) is in solid shape to make the NCAA Tournament right now. The website Bracketmatrix.com has the Orange in the dance on all 118 brackets it aggregates from across the web. Syracuse is currently listed as a 9 seed, ahead of 13 other teams at the bottom of the projected at-large bid field. However, the Orange cannot afford to lose to Wake Forest (No. 187 in NET) as that would be a bad loss on their NCAA résumé. It also would be Syracuse’s third loss in a row, with 2nd ranked Virginia up next.
Saturday’s contest is the 9th all-time meeting between Syracuse and Wake Forest, with the Orange leading the series 7-1. The teams played three times last season, with each school winning at home and Syracuse taking the last matchup in the ACC Tournament.
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