Wake Forest takes on Richmond this evening in its first true road game of the season.
The BSD staff give their predictions below.
Wake Forest 72-Richmond 66
I’ll take Wake 72-66 in a good road win for us. Richmond has not been very good so far and with Sherod out I think they will have trouble running their offense (insert defensive jokes here). Their offensive rebounding is horrible and I think that is a huge advantage for Wake. Guarding Grant Golden will be the biggest issue for us.
Wake Forest 78-Richmond 74
Even though they managed to win by a fraction of margins, I still believe that the win over Western Carolina is a positive piece going forward. Their clear issues on defense (defending the perimeter) now have a clear tape of the problem, and it’s up to Danny Manning to see how he adjusts to these results. I do, however, expect similar game flow from this Richmond Spiders team. This is a team that the Deacons should knock off easily, but they haven’t truly shown any sort of aggressiveness on the defensive end through four quarters this year. It will be surprisingly close, but I still see the Deacons coming out on top in this one.
Richmond 77-Wake Forest 69
Wake Forest travels to Richmond. According to ESPN’s BPI, Richmond is projected to win (69.2%). With Wake coming in after struggling against WCU and losing to Houston Baptist, a win here could prove to be huge as the program continues to soul-search. Wake will lean on Childress and Hoard, the two most consistent performers while Richmond leans on Grant Golden, a 6-10 sophomore averaging 20 ppg.
In the end, the Deacs will fall just short as Golden proves to be too much.
Wake Forest 75-Richmond 70
I haven’t seen the Spiders play at all this season, but in looking at their schedule I see a 7 point loss to Longwood, a 2 point loss to Wyoming and a 20 point loss to Hampton in a game where Richmond never had the lead. I like our chances to get the W.
Wake Forest 68-Richmond 58
Another infuriating outing that we somehow win.
Wake Forest 70-Richmond 68
The Deacs look to continue to build going forward and squeak out another close win. Grant Golden is a major problem for Wake, as the Deacs still have no interior presence, but everyone else steps up just enough to get the W.
How do you all think the Deacs will do? Comment below.