Wake Forest Demon Deacons (9-3) vs. #18 Louisville Cardinals (11-2)
Location: Louisville, Kentucky (KFC Yum! Center)
Time: 8:00 p.m. EST
Online Streaming: WatchESPN
Odds: Louisville is favored by 14. Over/Under is 149.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons begin ACC play with a very difficult trip to Kentucky to take on the #18 Louisville Cardinals. The Cardinals are ranked #18 in the polls, but are the 5th best team in the country by Ken Pomeroy's metrics. This is largely a result of winning 11 games by at least 20 points. They were largely mediocre teams, which explains the media's lack of perceived respect for the Cardinals. The Cards also have two close losses at Michigan State and at Kentucky.
Wake Forest already has three true road game victories and two neutral site victories on the season. Last year, the Deacs combined for just two neutral/away victories. One has to think that the road victory over a very athletic LSU team will give the Deacs confidence in this one. It's going to be a very difficult game, but I'm very intrigued to watch the Deacs in this one.