We’ve been telling you for a while that Wake Forest would struggle until the Deacs got sick of losing.
Well, that corner may have been turned. Florida State and Virginia put whippings on the Deacs while Clemson and UNC nipped them.
The UNC game was a loss, but Wake came out of that knowing they could play with anyone and Wednesday, the Demon Deacons were no longer willing to go away meekly.
As we’ve pointed out, this a talented team, though young. Now it’s dangerous.
Notre Dame couldn’t really challenge FSU inside but the Irish still made a good game of it, losing by just three and shooting - get this - 71.4% from three point range.
That’s a great night for anyone.
The goat was Rex Pfluegger who hit just 1-3. Everyone else shot brilliantly.
Just kidding about the goat business - Pfluegger’s three came with 17 second left and cut the lead to 79-77.
The Irish shot 71% from the bonusphere but were just 12-37 on two pointers - 32.7% - and still almost pulled it off.
In winning time though FSU ripped off an 11-1 lead and that was enough to hold off Mike Brey’s bunch.
Turnoves didn’t help - Notre Dame has really taken care of the ball this year - and FSU forced 19.
Virginia didn’t have any trouble with turnovers vs. BC - the ‘Hoos had just five. Now that’s a good night’s work.
Jack Salt had two as did Devon Hall. Marial Shayok had the other.
Jerome Robinson who has been flying high this season, was held to just nine. Ky Bowman had seven points and five turnovers.
BC is much better but it wasn’t ready for Virginia. Jim Christian: "I didn't think that we came out to play Virginia, a ranked team, with the energy and emotion that you need to play them."
If we had a vote for Coach of the Year, we’d be tempted to vote for Josh Pastner. Georgia Tech is - should be - a devastated program. Yet the Yellow Jackets are playing with more heart than they ever did under Pastner’s predecessor, Brian Gregory. Only Duke has blown Tech out. No one else has blown them away.
That continued with the Hokies as Virginia Tech won by just one Wednesday night, 62-61.
Seth Allen hit a layup with 15 on the clock to put the Hokies up for good.
It just underscores how very good the ACC is this season. It’s
- ACC proving it’s the best conference in college sports
- Deacons apply lessons learned in defeat
- Deacons close out 'Canes: Wake Forest pulls away at end to beat Miami
- 50 years ago, Roy Williams did something weird at Duke and decided on UNC
- After reaching 800 victories, what’s next for UNC’s Roy Williams?
- UNC’s Tony Bradley back practicing, expected to play at Boston College
- Collins leads Wake Forest past Miami, 96-79
- 5 things to know about Georgia Tech’s loss to Virginia Tech
- Jackets fall to Virginia Tech in final minute
- Notre Dame sees early-conference basketball magic end at Florida State
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