Northwestern (4-2) continues its five-game homestand against Wake Forest (5-1) as part of the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Wildcats are coming off a big win over Bryant while the Demon Deacons are coming off a 86-74 victory over the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina.
This will be a good test for the Wildcats, who have already faced two teams from the KenPom top 50: Butler (17th) and Notre Dame (29th). Wake Forest currently sits 62nd in KenPom, 12 spots behind the Wildcats.
The Demon Deacons have seven players averaging at least seven points this season, including four who are in double figures. John Collins, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, paces Danny Manning’s squad with 18.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and nearly two blocks per contest. But he’s not alone scoring the rock: guards Bryant Crawford and Keyshawn Woods average 13.8 and 13.7, respectively. Konstantinos Mitoglou, a native of Greece, scores 10 points a game and presents a major matchup problem as a 6-foot-10 three-point threat. The junior has attempted over three triples per game this year and is a career 35 percent shooter from beyond the arc.
The keys for Northwestern will be limiting Wake’s post players — Dererk Pardon, Gavin Skelly and perhaps even Barret Benson will need to be locked in on that end — and take advantage of its athletic superiority on the wing. Vic Law and Scottie Lindsey will need to be in attack mode; the Demon Deacons are 145th nationally in adjusted defense, per KenPom.
Here’s how you can watch the Wildcats and the Demon Deacons:
Game time: 8 p.m. CT
TV information: ESPNU
Online streaming: ESPN3
Mobile: Watch ESPN
Radio: 720 WGN, 89.3 WNUR, XM 193, SIRIUS 134
Betting line: Northwestern -4.5