Tip off Time
Wake Forest (2-0) vs UTEP (1-0)
TD Arena, Charleston, South Carolina
11:30 a.m. Mountain Time
Streaming: ESPN3 (Roy Philpott/Mark Planksy)
Radio: In El Paso, KFOX 9.23 FM El Paso or UTEP Miners IMG Sports Network on TuneIn, (Jon Teicher)
Wake Forest is a -9 point favorite
The series is tied 1-1.
The Miners beat the Demon Deacons, 90-75, in the Sun Carnival Classic Tournament on Dec. 28, 1984 in El Paso.
Wake Forest topped UTEP, 82-79, in the 76 Classic at Anaheim on Nov. 28, 2008.
UTEP is 10-6 all-time versus ACC schools (1-0 versus Boston College, 4-2 versus Clemson, 2-1 versus Georgia Tech, 2-1 versus Maryland, 0-1 versus N.C. State, 1-1 versus Wake Forest).
FACTS ABOUT WAKE FOREST
The Demon Deacons are off to a 2-0 start for the fourth straight year with home wins over Radford (80-59) and Bucknell (94-74).
Wake Forest returns three starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's 11-20 squad (2-16 ACC) while bringing in six newcomers, including transfers Austin Arians (Milwaukee) and Keyshawn Woods (Charlotte). Graduate transfer forward Arians (8.5 ppg) has started the first two games. Sophomore guard Woods has come off the bench for the first two contests but is second on the team in scoring (18.0 ppg).
Woods played at Charlotte during the 2014-15 season and tabulated six points, four assists and three steals in a 73-68 loss at UTEP.
Sophomore forward John Collins leads Wake Forest in scoring (18.5 ppg) and rebounding (10.5 rpg).
Collins joins Woods, sophomore guard Bryant Crawford (11.0 ppg) and junior forward Dinos Mitoglou (10.0 ppg) with double figure scoring averages.
Woods is shooting 70 percent (14-for-20) from the field and 66.7 percent (6-for-9) from outside. He made 5-of-6 triples the last time out against Bucknell.
The Demon Deacons have made more free throws (34) than their opponents have attempted (19).