vs. Illinois – Big 10 Challenge – W, 80-73

Postgame Press Conference

Game Story

Game Highlights






Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Winston-Salem, NC (LJVM Coliseum)


• Wake Forest Baptist Health Appreciation Night: Free tickets for WFBMC employees while supplies last (Enter on the east lobby of the main entrance to receive your tickets)
• Halftime performance by PurrCussion, the official drumline of the Carolina Panthers

• Wake Forest continues a three-game homestand at the LJVM Coliseum by hosting Illinois in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge
• The Deacs‘ 11 wins are second-most in the history of the challenge
• Danny Manning and Brad Underwood face each other for the first time as head coaches, having previously squared off in Kansas-Kansas State matchups as players in the 1980s and as assistant coaches in the 2000s

• Series tied 1-1 (first meeting in Winston-Salem)
• Illinois won the only previous meeting in the challenge, downing the top-ranked Demon Deacons 91-73 in 2004-05 in Champaign
• Wake Forest’s win in the series was in the 1998-99 season-opener, a 75-73 overtime victory in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Madison Square Garden

• Wake Forest is 11-5 all time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge
• The Deacs’ 11 wins are tied with Virginia for second-most in series history (Duke – 16)
• Wake Forest was on the road the last two years (2015 win at Rutgers, 2016 loss at Northwestern)
• The Demon Deacons are 6-2 all-time at the LJVM Coliseum in the challenge

• Wake Forest posted an 81-75 win over UNCG
• The Deacs shot 61.5 percent from the floor, their highest percentage of the Manning era
• Keyshawn Woods scored 20 points to lead the Demon Deacons
• Doral Moore matched a season high with 17 points
• Wake Forest’s 43 bench points were its most in a non-Senior Night game since 45 bench points at Xavier in 2010-11

• The Deacs will conclude their three-game homestand Saturday by hosting Richmond
• It is the 10th straight season and 17th time in the past 18 years the teams have met
• The road team has won the last three meetings of the series