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Full Court Press in Winston-Salem
While some may beg to differ, most agree North Carolina is basketball country. And Winston-Salem is smack dab in the center of it as we are home to the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons and the Winston-Salem State University Rams.
Wake Forest has a storied tradition of basketball excellence. From 21 NCAA Tournament appearances to 14 All-Americans players including Tim Duncan, Chris Paul, Josh Howard, Randolph Childress, Rodney Rogers and Mugsy Bogues the list goes on for memorable moments that have taken place at Wake Forest. Interested in checking out this year's team? Then you would watch them play inside one of the toughest places for road teams to win at the Lawerence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Wake's home court. In addition to regular season basketball games the LJVM, which opened in 1989, has hosted the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship First and Seconds rounds in 1993, 1997, 2000 and 2007 and has been home of the MEAC mens and womens basketball tournament and the CIAA Tournament.
The Winston-Salem State Rams too have a tradition of excellence themselves. Winners of the NCAA Division II Championship in 1967, and home to ledgendary coach Clarence E. "Bighouse" Gaines. Gaines was 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. When Gaines retired from Winston-Salem State University after 47 years of coaching in 1993, only Adolph Rupp had amassed more career wins as a college basketball coach.
Wake Forest University (12-16)
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.
To see Wake Forest's schedule remaining home schedule read below:
- Sunday, March 10 Virginia Tech 2 p.m.
- Thursday-Sunday, March 14-17 60th Annual ACC Tournament Greensboro, N.C. ESPN/ACC
Winston-Salem State University (21-6 and ranked #7 in country)
The Winston-Salem State Rams compete in the CIAA Conference and will play in the tournament Feb. 25-March 2 in Charlotte, N.C. To learn more about the tournament, visit http://www.ciaatournament.org/.
Learn more about WSSU basketball at WSSURams.com.
- Sunday, March 10 - Selection Sunday for NCAA Division II Tournament
- Saturday, March 16 - First Round of NCAA Division II Tournament
Looking for a place to stay on game night? Check out the deal(s) below:
Clarion Sundance Plaza Hotel & Spa
3050 University Plaza Parkway
Winston Salem, NC 27105
Experience Sundance Plaza Hotel & Spa on game nights for only $89.99 a night. Enjoy two complimentary beverages in our hotel lounge bar, a good nights sleep in one of our double/double rooms (every room offers a microwave and refrigerator) and wake up the next morning to a complementary continental breakfast for two. This rate does not include tax and is based upon availability.