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.
The college edition is coming up on its 3rd year! The anticipation behind this event has been mind blowing. So we are excited to announce the line up for #HHG 2022!— Holiday Hoopsgiving (@HHoopsgiving) July 1, 2022
Check the games out in the heart of Atlanta again Dec.10th and 18th.
Games will also be aired on @ESPN networks. pic.twitter.com/awkG8Pocnd
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.