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Barry Jacobs On Truly Miserable ACC Seasons

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A December glance at the 2011 Wake Forest men's basketball squad sparked immediate curiosity about teams with the fewest wins in ACC history, a matter we visited here earlier. The Demon Deacons, 1-12 in the conference with three regular season games remaining, have lived down to those expectations.

Most Losses By Teams As ACC Members
(Listed By Year, Record In ACC During Regular Season)
Overall Year School ACC Coach
2-21 1955 Clemson 0-14 Banks McFadden
4-20 1959 South Carolina 2-12 Walt Hambrick
3-23 1961 Virginia 2-12 Billy McCann
5-20 1963 Virginia 3-11 Billy McCann
4-20 1968 Clemson 3-11 Bobby Roberts
5-21 1968 Wake Forest 3-11 Jack McCloskey
4-23 1981 Georgia Tech 0-14 Dwane Morrison
11-20 1983 Clemson 2-12 Bill Foster
8-21 1986 Wake Forest 0-14 Bob Staak
9-20 1989 Maryland# 1-13 Bob Wade
10-20 2000 Clemson 4-12 Larry Shyatt
9-21 2001 Florida State 4-12 Steve Robinson
8-20 2002 North Carolina 4-12 Matt Doherty
12-20 2007 Miami# 4-12 Frank Haith
8-20* 2011 Wake Forest 1-12* Jeff Bzdelik
* Still playing.
# Won a game in ACC Tournament.

Now, with an 8-20 record overall, Wake's inclusion in another category of futility has caught our attention.

This year's Deacs are only the 15th team in the ACC's 58 seasons that lost at least 20 games. They have four games left on their schedule, including at least one game in the ACC Tournament. That gives Jeff Bzdelik's first Wake squad a shot at losing more games than any other club in league history.

Only two ACC teams lost more than 21 times in the same season - UVa in 1961 and Georgia Tech, a new league member, in 1981.

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