Deacs Meet Texas Saturday

Wake Forest and Texas, a pair of nationally-ranked heavyweights, meet in an interconference match-up between 2004 Sweet 16 teams Saturday afternoon at Lawrence Joel Coliseum (2:05 pm/ESPN).

Saturday's game is a re-match of last year's game (Jan. 13, 2004) in Austin when Texas handed Wake Forest its first loss of the season, 94-81.

Wake Forest, 8-1, owns a three-game winning streak. The Demon Deacons, ranked 6th in the AP poll and 5th in the ESPN/USA Today poll, are coming off an 85-67 win over visiting Elon Wednesday night. Sophomore All-American candidate Chris Paul earned his first career double-double (14 points, 11 assists) to lead the Deacons.

Texas, 7-1, rides a five-game winning streak into Winston-Salem. The Longhorns, ranked 14th (AP) and 12th, are coming off an 85-70 win over visiting Texas-Arlington Wednesday. Sophomore P.J. Tucker recorded a double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds) to lead the Horns.

Wake Forest leads the all-time series, 2-1. Saturday's game marks the first meeting ever in Winston-Salem.

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