Everyone got off on the right foot in the opener, as the Demon Deacons beat Asheville by an 80-69 margin. Each writer chose Wake to win and everyone was remarkably close to the final score. Griffin had the "worst" pick of the first game and missed by only 13 points, while Chris had the best pick as he correctly picked Asheville's final score and was an impressive five points off. With everyone sandwiched between five and 13 points after one game it is clear that this year will be a battle amongst the staff.
As the staff generally performed well, the BSD average itself performed well predicting a 79-66 score, a mere four points off of the actual final. However the staff was defeated by Ken Pomeroy's metrics which was nearly spot on with an 81-70 prediction, correctly picking the margin and missing by only one point a piece for Wake and Asheville. Can the humans knock off the computer? Unlikely, but that doesn't mean we will stop trying.
Tonight's game against Tulane marks the first road contest of the year for Wake Forest and the game is widely expected to be a toss up with the visiting Demon Deacons a meager 2.5 point favorite over the Green Wave. Wake won 72-57 last year so let's see what the BSD staff predicts for the New Orleans contest tonight:
Riley: Wake 72-66
Rob: Wake 72-68
Jake: Wake 67-61
Bart: Tulane 76-73 (in OT - not that this matters one way or the other)
Chris: Tulane 70-68
Matt: Wake 76-71
Griffin: Wake 68-67
Shayn: Wake 73-65
BSD Average: Wake 71-68
KenPom: Wake 69-68
Come hang out with the BSD crew on the game thread which should launch at 7:00 for an 8 P.M. tip. The game is only available on ESPN3 so those of you without a cable provider with access to ESPN3 can either pursue other means of watching the game (cough cough firstrowsports cough cough) or can catch Stan Cotton on the radio. This should be a fun one and Wake will look to get the monkey off their back while snagging an early season road win against Tulane. As always, go Deacs!