Wake Forest is set to host Virginia Tech at the Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem tonight.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and can also be heard on the Wake Forest Sports Network from IMG College and at WakeForestSports.com.
Virginia Tech thrashed the Deacs, 95-64,on Jan. 15. Wake scored the first seven points of the game and held Virginia Tech scoreless for over three minutes. However, the Hokies used a decisive 17-2 run midway through the first period to take control of the game.
Entering the rematch, the Deacons (8-19, 1-11) are coming off an 84-66 setback to Florida State last Saturday in Winston-Salem. Wake Forest led by two, 33-31, at halftime, but FSU used a big run early in the second period to take control.
Freshman Travis McKie paced the Deacons with game-highs of 20 points and eight rebounds.MCkie leads Wake in both scoring and rebounding this season. Tony Chennault, Ari Stewart and Charlotte's J.T. Terrell each chipped in 12 points in the loss. Virginia Tech (17-8, 7-5 ACC) dropped a 61-54 game at rival Virginia last Saturday.
Virginia Tech leads the all-time series with Wake Forest, 27-26. It marks the Hokies' first lead in the series since 1977 when they led 20-19.
The Hokies' last two trips to Winston-Salem have made for memorable games. On Dec. 23, 2007, Wake Forest rallied from eight down with 82 seconds remaining to win 77-75 on an Ishmael Smith (now a rookie with the Houston Rockets) buzzer-beater. On Jan. 21, 2009, Virginia Tech upset unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Wake Forest, 78-71.