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It wasn’t pretty, but things will get better for Wake Forest

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: JAN 03 Wake Forest at Georgia Tech
ATLANTA, GA JANUARY 03: Georgia Tech forward Moses Wright (5) dunks the ball during the NCAA basketball game between the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on January 3rd, 2021 at Hank McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, GA.
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What we saw in the Wake Forest-Georgia Tech game (Tech, 70-54) was about what you should expect when a team is starting over and then can’t get enough games together to be competitive.

And make no mistake, while Wake Forest certainly did play and compete hard, Georgia Tech shredded them from start to finish.

To be clear, Tech is improved but they’re probably not as good as they looked in this one. Jose Alvarado scored 15 points in the first five minutes. We’ve always been clear about how much we like Alvarado but also that he’s not a massively talented player.

That’s not a normal game for him.

Wake Forest didn't help itself by racking up 18 turnovers.

On the bright side, Isaiah Mucius had 21 points and five rebounds against a solid defensive team.

Back to the bad: Wake hit just 3-20 on three point shots.

There’s a lot of work to do for the Deacs, but this team still competed harder than Danny Manning’s teams did. It’s going to be a slog but Wake at least has a competitive pulse again.

In other ACC news, Notre Dame picked up a major transfer as Yale’s Paul Atkinson announced he’ll be in South Bend next fall as a grad transfer.

Last year he averaged 17.6 points and 7.3 rebounds. This year, of course, the Ivy League elected not to compete in light of the pandemic.

No ACC games until Tuesday, when NC State hazards Littlejohn and UNC treks down to Miami. Also, the Pitt-Syracuse game has now been rescheduled for January 6th.

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