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Riches to Rags: The Demise of Wake Forest Basketball

In the two decades between 1990 and 2010, only an elite few basketball programs enjoyed more consistent success than the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. During that span, Wake Forest compiled a 415-215 record, won multiple ACC regular season and tournament titles, featured seven All-Americans and eight first round NBA draft picks (including perennial NBA All-Stars Tim Duncan and Chris Paul). The Deacons played in post-season tourneys 18 out of those 20 years, including a run of 16 consecutive seasons (unmatched by any ACC team over the same span). Since 2010 Wake’s overall record is 25-47 (5-27 conference record), the Deacs have two consecutive ACC cellar finishes and prospects are similarly bleak this season. What happened?

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