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North Carolina is all about college basketball and Winston-Salem is the proud home court 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 compete on one of the toughest courts for road teams to win, Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum (LJVM), Wake Forest's home court. In addition to regular season basketball games, LJVM has hosted the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship First and Second rounds in 1993, 1997, 2000 and 2007 and has been home to the MEAC Mens and Womens Basketball Tournament and the CIAA Tournament. 

The Winston-Salem State University Rams too 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 (14-13)

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

View Wake Forest's home schedule below:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 25          Clemson 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 1         Boston College 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 5    Duke 7 p.m.

    The 61st Annual ACC Tournament begins Wednesday, March 12 - Sunday March 16 in Greensboro, NC, just 30 minutes outside of Winston-Salem. Check out the WFU website for more details. The tournament airs on ESPN and ACC networks. 

Winston-Salem State University (16-10)

The Winston-Salem State Rams compete in the CIAA Conference tournament February 25 - March 2 in Charlotte, N.C, just an hour south of Winston-Salem.  To learn more about the tournament, visit

Learn more about WSSU basketball at

WSSU Rams head to Charlotte, NC for the CIAA Tournament beginning Tuesday, Feb. 25 and ending Saturday, March 2. For more information on the CIAA Tournament click here.


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