The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will take on Pepperdine in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday. Tip-off is expected around 2:42 ET. Wake Forest (20-12) may be without one of the team's key players, Josh Howard, who is questionable due to an ankle injury.
The Pepperdine Waves (22-8), coached by Paul Westphal, have won 17 of their last 19 games. Led by Jimmy Muggins (15.0 PPG), the Waves are a very athletic team and will look for a fast-paced game.
Wake Forest will attempt to gain redemption from the team's embarassing loss to Butler last year in which the Deacons were down 41-10 at halftime. To do this, the Deacs will certainly have to rely on leadership from the team's five seniors.
Tip-time for the Deacs vs Pepperdine is 2:42 ET.