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Wake’s Non-Conference Schedule Is Out And It’s Embarrassingly Weak

And unfortunately Wake Forest may be as well.

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Wake Forest v Duke
DURHAM, NC - MARCH 05: Head coach Danny Manning of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons looks on in the first half against the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 5, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina.
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Wake Forest released its non-conference schedule Tuesday and while it’s not demanding, that’s not a surprise: Danny Manning, despite being retained, is on the hot seat. He’s not going to take any big gambles with the schedule.

What is surprising is that when you look at it is how few games you can be confident that Wake Forest will win.

They should beat Columbia and Asheville, but Asheville has been a bit feisty in recent years and will be up to play an ACC team. Charlotte? Yeah...but Ron Sanchez is instilling Virginia’s system which gives them at least a shot. Davidson? Would you bet against Davidson here?

Then it’s off the the Wooden Legacy where Wake will see these teams: Arizona, Providence, Charleston, UCF, Penn, Pepperdine and Long Beach State.

We would favor Wake over the last three but on the West Coast? And we’d certainly not bet against Arizona, PC or UCF when it comes to the Deacs.

As Manning points out the ACC will have a 20-game schedule this season. There is no place for the weak to hide.

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