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Wake Forest to start basketball season with Thanksgiving event


David Kehrli   | Times-News

WINSTON-SALEM — Thanksgiving week will come with a spread of games for the Wake Forest men's basketball team and first-year coach Steve Forbes.

The Demon Deacons are set to open the approaching season by playing host to a three-day, four-team event featuring Alabama State, Delaware State and Longwood at Joel Coliseum, the school said Tuesday afternoon.

Coined the Mako Medical Wake Forest Classic, the event will consist of three doubleheaders Nov. 25-27.

“Our players and staff are excited to open the season with the Mako Medical Wake Forest Classic inside Joel Coliseum,” Forbes said in a statement. “We are extremely appreciative of our university leadership, Winston-Salem, and all three schools for their commitment to begin this season in a safe and healthy environment and provide our players the chance to compete.”

The games will be Wake Forest's debut under Forbes, who was hired in April to replace former coach Danny Manning. The Demon Deacons finished with a 13-18 record a season ago.

Teams will follow both Wake Forest and Atlantic Coast Conference safety procedures, and COVID-19 testing will be administered by Mako Medical.

“Mako has been a great partner since this summer in administering our Wake Forest athletics testing program that has helped keep our student-athletes, coaches and staff safe,” Wake Forest athletics director John Currie said in a statement. “We appreciate Mako stepping up to help enable these three teams to visit Winston-Salem for six days. We are excited to launch the season with three doubleheaders in what should be a highly entertaining event right here in our hometown.”

Attendance restrictions are to be determined at a later date and will be in compliance with North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services guidelines.