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North Carolina has a long and rich history centered around college basketball and Winston-Salem is no different as the proud home to the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons and the Winston-Salem State University Rams. 

From 21 NCAA tournament appearances to 14 All-American players including Tim Duncan, Chris Paul, Josh Howard, Randolph Childress, Rodney Rogers and Mugsy Bogues, WFU has a storied tradition of basketball excellence. Witness the Demon Deacons home court advantage at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum (LJVM), one of the toughest venues to pick up a road win in the ACC.

The Winston-Salem State University Rams have a tradition of excellence. Winners of the NCAA Division II Championship in 1967, and home to legendary coach Clarence E. "Bighouse" Gaines, one of the most successful coaches in the history of college basketball. Because of his success as a coach, teacher, and mentor, C.E. "Bighouse" Gaines was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982. After 47 years of coaching, Gaines retired from WSSU in 1993, at the time having the second most career wins in college basketball history.


Wake Forest University (10-11)

This season when the Wake Forest men's basketball team takes the court, fans will notice a variety of changes: a new court, new uniforms, new halftime performances and seven new players.

Experience some of the best basketball offered in the country.  To learn more about the season and how to purchase tickets, visit WakeForestSports.com.

View Wake Forest's remaining home schedule below:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 2             Clemson 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 6             Florida State noon
  • Sunday, Feb. 21             Boston College 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24     Notre Dame 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 28             Virginia Tech 6:30 p.m.

    The 2016 ACC Tournament begins March 8 - March 12, in Washington D.C. Check out the WFU website for more details. The tournament airs on ESPN and ACC networks. 


Winston-Salem State University (10-11)

The Winston-Salem State Rams compete on campus at CE Gaines Gaines Center.  To learn more about WSSU basketball at WSSURams.com.

View Winston-Salem State's remaining home schedule below:

  • Monday, Feb. 1               Virginia Union 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 10     Shaw 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 20             Livingstone 4 p.m.

At the conclusion of regular season the Rams compete in the CIAA Conference tournament February 22-27 in Charlotte, N.C, just 1 1/2 hours south of Winston-Salem.  To learn more about the tournament, visit http://www.ciaatournament.org/


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