Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Louisville Cardinals

Wake Forest Demon Deacons Preview

Losses in six of the past eight have dropped Wake Forest below .500 on the season, though the Demon Deacons hit the road Wednesday coming off just their third Atlantic Coast Conference win, a 56-44 victory over Clemson. Wake Forest is struggling on the defensive end, giving up 73.9 points per game in conference play — 13th in the ACC.

On the season, the Demon Deacons have been unable to generate turnovers with much consistency, and the limited takeaway opportunities too often result in points for the opponent. Brandon Childress is averaging 15.4 points per game, and Olivier Starr is averaging just below a double-double at 12.9 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.

Louisville Cardinals Preview

The fifth-ranked Louisville Cardinals welcome struggling Wake Forest into the KFC Yum! Center riding an eight-game winning streak and sitting atop the Atlantic Coast Conference at 10-1. After four of the first five games in that stretch were tight, the Cardinals cruised to their past three victories.

Coach Chris Mack’s team boasts an offense and an defense that both rank in the top 20 nationally for adjusted efficiency, per KenPom.com. At 19.3 points per game, Jordan Nwora leads the team. His blister 42.5 percent shooting from 3-point range paces the Cardinals to a team average of 39.7 percent, good for sixth in the nation through Monday.