Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reports that Wake Forest will play at Northwestern as part of this year's ACC/Big 10 Challenge. Northwestern finished the 2015-2016 season with a 20-12 record (8-10 in Big 10 play) and was 78th in Ken Pom. What else do we know about the Wildcats?
Northwestern will host Wake Forest in next season's ACC/Big Ten Challenge, sources told @CBSSports.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 23, 2016
Northwestern is led by Chris Collins, who was a former assistant at Duke. They are very methodical, and by that I mean they are one of the slowest teams in the country. They are efficient, however, as they finished top 100 nationally in both offensive and defensive efficiency. They did an excellent job of limiting turnovers and taking smart shots, but they did not do a very good job of getting to the charity stripe. On the defensive side, they have good field goal percentage defense, but don't do a very good job of forcing turnovers.Northwestern loses three seniors from the rotation, including two big men, so a VERY early analysis says that Wake will have an advantage down low and on the glass.
We should know more about Wake's schedule later in the summer. The only other non-conference games I'm aware of are Wake's home contest against LSU, and the Deacs competing in the Gildan Charleston Classic.