The Demon Deacons will not be short on quality opponents when the 2014 season kicks off, as Wake Forest is set to play 23 games against NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago. Of those 23 games, 12 will be played against teams that earned a top seed in last year’s tournament, and six more will be played against teams that earned a two seed.
The Deacs will begin right away with a 2013 NCAA Tournament team when they open up the season at home against Towson on February 14 at 4 p.m. Wake Forest will also play a single game against Georgetown and a doubleheader against Marshall that first weekend of the year.
The Demon Deacons will be at home each of the first three weekends, hosting Cincinnati, Missouri, Radford, Stony Brook, Saint Louis and Saint Peter’s, as well.
“We are excited about this year’s schedule,” said Walter. “Our early season tournaments included teams from historically strong conferences – Missouri in the SEC, Marshall in Conference USA, Radford in the Big South, Cincinnati in the Big East – as well as a Stony Brook team that went to the 2012 College World Series.”
In addition to the weekend tournaments, Wake Forest will also face off against several familiar non-conference foes during the midweek.
“Our midweek schedule features neutral-site games with both East Carolina and Western Carolina as well as a single game at Coastal Carolina,” said Walter. “We continue our traditional home-and-away series with Elon, UNCG, Charlotte and High Point, while adding a home-and-away series with Appalachian State and Davidson.”
The Demon Deacons will also play a non-conference game at UNC Asheville just before the last ACC series of the year on May 13.
Wake Forest’s conference schedule is loaded with perennial powers as always, as the Demon Deacons will host Clemson, Maryland, Florida State, Duke and Virginia. The Deacs will also travel to Georgia Tech, Boston College, Notre Dame, North Carolina and NC State.
“As always, our conference schedule is the highlight,” said Walter. “With 18 league games against teams that played in the NCAA Tournament and the addition of Notre Dame to the schedule, we’ll have our hands full week in and week out.”