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Wake Forest Gets Rematch with LSU in Holiday Hoopsgiving Game

The Deacs will take on the Tigers again this season

NCAA Basketball: Notre Dame at Wake Forest Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The Wake Forest Men’s Basketball Team is getting a shot at revenge for last season’s loss to the LSU Tigers. The Deacs and the Tigers will play on December 10th for Holiday Hoopsgiving in Atlanta, Georgia. The game will air on an ESPN channel.

Wake Forest and LSU met last season in the Emerald Coast Classic, where the Tigers handed the Deacs their first loss of the season in a game that really wasn’t close. The Deacs trailed for 35 of the 40 minutes and found themselves down by as much as 19 points in the 2nd half. The Tigers went on to finish the season 22-12 and lost in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament to Iowa State.

While it will technically be a chance to avenge the loss, the two teams are going to look completely different than they did in the 2021-22 season. Wake Forest lost 7 players off of last year’s squad—including the ACC Player of the Year Alondes Williams and the 19th pick in the NBA Draft Jake LaRavia—and picked up 4 transfers and 2 freshmen. On the other side, LSU fired head coach Will Wade, which basically caused the entire LSU team to jump ship. At one point in April, the Tigers didn’t have a single scholarship player on the roster after 11 players transferred, 2 entered the NBA draft, and 4 top 100 recruits decommitted.

Hopefully all that turnover doesn’t result in LSU becoming this season’s Oregon State—a Q1 opponent that quickly turns into a Q4 opponent and kills the strength of our schedule. I would prefer if we didn’t miss out on the NCAA Tournament again solely because the teams we play end up being bad.

Go Deacs!