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Riches to Rags: The Demise of Wake Forest Basketball

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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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