Wake Forest Demon Deacons (10-5, 2-2 ACC) vs Louisville Cardinals (2-13, 0-4 ACC)
– Tip off: Saturday, January 7, 3:00 PM EST
– Position: KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
– How to watch: ACC network
– How to listen: 93.9FM
– Favorite bets: Wake Forest -9.0 (KenPom)
– Successive series: Louisville lead 9-3
– Last meeting: Wake Forest wins 99-77, Feb. 26, 2022 (Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Winston-Salem, NC)
Expected starting lineup
- G. El Ellis (6-3, 180, Sr.)
- G/F Mike James (6-5, 215, R-Fr.)
- F Jae’Lyn Withers (6-9, 220, R-Jr.)
- F Brandon Huntley-Hatfield (6-10, 250, So.)
- F Sydney Curry (6-8, 270, Sr.)
- G Tyree Appleby (6-0, 175, Gr.)
- G Cameron Hildreth (6-4, 200, So.)
- G Damari Monsanto (6-6, 200, R-Jr.)
- F Andrew Carr (6-10, 220, Jr.)
- C Matthew Marsh (7-0, 250, S0.)
See how the Cardinals compare to the Demon Deacons and which side the statistical model favors. Tale of the Tape, Predictions: Louisville vs. Wake Forest
scroll to continue
- Louisville’s 70-69 loss to Syracuse on Tuesday was the fourth by a single point this season and the most by a single point in UofL history, the ACC program that joined Georgia Tech in 2004 in 2014-15. It was the most tied record with. 05 Florida and 1970-71 Wake Forest. For the Cardinals, it was his first one-run lead since he lost by one in his first three games.
- The Cardinals will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1983 Final Four teams at halftime on Saturday. That team was led in scoring by Milt Wagner, UofL’s current director of player personnel and alumni relations.
- Over the last six games, senior guard El Ellis is averaging 20.8 points, 6.0 assists, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.0 steals while shooting 14-of-35 3-pointers (40%) and 39-of-47 free throws (83). %) succeeded. As of Thursday, Ellis was one of his 12 players with at least 265 points and 65 assists this season. Wake Forest’s Tyree Appleby is also on that list.
- After averaging 1.7 points and 3.6 rebounds in his first nine games, senior forward Sidney Curry averaged 9.8 points and 7.7 rebounds in his final six games while shooting 64% overall. His career-high 19 rebounds against Florida A&M was the most by a Cardinal since Luke Whitehead scored his 19 board against Marquette on January 31, 2004.
- Sophomore forward Brandon Huntley Hatfield has made 13 of his 18 total shots (72.2%) from field goals over the past three games. He has achieved his 9-of-23 odds (39.1%) off the field in his previous four combined games.
- According to Ken Pomeroy, Louisville ranks 341st in the nation with a Division I average of 0.88.
- Previous game: Louisville lost a heartbreaker to Syracuse, losing 70–69 after the ball stuck out on El Ellis’ last second drive.
- An important first-half run: Louisville opened up a nine-point advantage early in the second half following a 13-0 run that started at the 14:44 mark and spanned just 2:11. Syracuse responded quickly with his 12-0 run in which he scored eight points from Joseph Girard III next in his 3:35 game time. Brandon Huntley at the buzzer – The two teams played evenly against each other for the remainder of the half before a Hatfield jumper headed into the locker room to give the Cardinals a 35-34 advantage.
- An important second-half run: After scoring the final four points of the first half, Louisville extended their run to 10-0 to start the second half and take the lead to seven. Orange met the challenge again with his 9-2 run and he tied the game at 43 with 16:11 remaining. The Cardinals maintained a slight lead throughout the second half, with neither team able to get a great separation, but his two successful trips to the charity stripes by Girard III and Juda Mintz proved to be the difference between Orange. has been proven.
- UofL shot 27 of 63 (.429) from the field, 11 of 27 (.407) from three-point range, and 4 of 10 (.400) from the free-throw line. o The Cardinals recorded his season-high 17 assists, matching his performance in a win over Western Kentucky on December 14. Seven different Cardinals have recorded at least one of his assists, which is also a season-best.
- Louisville won the rebounding battle 38-33, surpassing their opponents for the sixth rebound of the season. They also set season highs with 15 offensive rebounds and 19 second-chance points.
- El Ellis led the Cardinals with 20 points and nine assists, playing all 40 minutes for the third time this season. The guard made 7 of 14 on the field and 4 of 8 on 3-point range, with two successful free-throw attempts. Ellis also had four rebounds, matching a season high, and collected three steals in a game after setting his new career-high steals against Kentucky.
- Mike James scored a career-high, scoring 19 points on 7 of 12 shots from the floor and 6 of 4 of 6 shots. The guard also recorded four rebounds, two assists, and both steals and blocks in 33 minutes of action.
- Jae’Lyn Withers reached double figures for the fifth time this season, scoring 10 points and having seven rebounds. The forward also contributed on defense, in 22 minutes he blocked one shot and scored one steal.
- Brandon Huntley-Hatfield scored 6 points on 3-of-4 shooting from the floor and had a team-leading 8 rebounds. The forward has led the team in rebounding in seven games this season, the most of any Cardinal. He also blocked two shots and recorded two assists that night.
- A 77-75 win over Virginia Tech gave the Wake Forest an 8-0 starting lineup at home for the second straight season. Wake made his start to back-to-back homes this season with his 8-0 in 2007-08 and 2008-09 at his LJVM Coliseum where he went 12-0 and he went 8-0 respectively. Ever since I became
- Winning December’s Appli State on Andrew Carr’s turnaround jumper was Deeks’ second SportsCenter No. 1 highlight of the season. Tyree’s Appleby buzzer-beater his three-point shot against Utah in November was also his No. 1 play on the SportsCenter.
- Cameron Hildreth has increased his average ppg to 11.3 this season, leading Wake Forest in grass (6.3 rpg). On November 26, at home to the Hamptons, the England native Worthing became only the third player in program history to complete his triple double, with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Cameron Hildreth is his only ACC player to complete a triple-double so far this season.
- Sophomore big man Matthew Marsh added 14 minutes per game in his freshman-sophomore campaign, posting just 6.0 minutes per game in the 2021-22 season and one more this season. down to 20.0 minutes per.
- Wake Forest are in the top 6 of the conference in multiple statistical categories – No. 3: Defensive Rebound Percentage (.752) FT Percentage (.748); 3-PT FG Percentage (.363); Rebounding Defense (33.27) 3-PT FG Makes (129 total, 8.60 pg) 5th: Defensive Rebounds Per Game (26.33) Steals (100 Total, 6.67 pg)
- Tyree Appleby leads the ACC in the league with 7.27 assists per game. He is third in his ACC overall scoring, averaging 18.3 points per game, leading Daemon his Deacon in both categories. He ranks 4th in the ACC and 59th nationally with an 86.8 free throw percentage. He went 79-91 this season. One of the most fouled players, his 91 attempts for Appleby rank him second in the ACC and his 27th nationally.
- Andrew Carr is one of the top 10 rebounders in the league during ACC games and ranks 10th in ACC averaging 7.25 boards per game.
- Hildreth is 16th in the league in rebounds during ACC play, 6.0 boards per game and fifth in FT percentage during league play (.909, 10-11).
- With one of the best backcourts in the country, Wake Forest has two players under 6 feet who average more than 9.7 points per season for graduate guards Tyree Appleby (18.3 points) and Davien Williamson (9.7 points). It is the only school in the country. ppg). His 18.3 points per game for Appleby leads all major conference players under six feet. His 48.8 fields his goal percentage is the highest in the nation for a player under 6 feet. Appleby leads the ACC in assists, averaging 7.25 dimes per ACC game, and is third overall in scoring with 18.3 ppg. Williamson has gone 25-28 this season, averaging 89.3% of his free throws from his line. Appleby has shot 84.5% in his 97 attempts he made 82.
- Since returning from an Achilles injury last season, Damari Monsanto has appeared in nearly every game for Deeks, posting a season-high 31 minutes in his first start of the season at Clemson in February 2022. He scored a high 17 points and had a season-high four triples in a loss to the Tigers. He also had his four 3-pointers in his 20 minutes at Syracuse. He made three consecutive triples in the second half, reaching the 19th minute in a win at home against North Carolina. This season, Monsanto has started in eight of his 15 games. He’s had his double-figure scoring in seven of his 15 games this season, and now he’s averaging 10.9 points per game and making 38% of his 3-pointers. His 3.71 per game average is his fourth best in the league. In seven games he has had success from three or more ranges this season.
- Sophomores Cameron Hildreth and Matthew Marsh are two credible factors in this year’s Demon Deacons, making an extraordinary leap into their second season of college play. After averaging nearly 4 points and 3 rebounds per game in the 2021-22 season, Hildreth has increased to an average of 11.3 this season, leading his Forest wakes on the grass (6.3 rpg). Marsh started in his final five games for the team this season, making 12 appearances. The 7-1 big man continues to show impressive efficiency, holding his 88.1 field goal percentage. Playing approximately 20 minutes per contest, Marsh is averaging 7.1 points per game and five rebounds per game.
(Photo by Jae’Lyn Withers: Jamie Rhodes – USA TODAY Sports)
For future coverage, follow the Louisville Report. Like us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
Facebook – @LouisvilleReport
twitter – @UofLReport
Instagram – @louisville_report
You can also follow Associate Editor Matthew McGavic at: @Matt_McGavic on Twitter