The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are coming off an embarrassing 94-51 loss to the Duke Blue Devils. I know it was horrendous. You know it was horrendous. There really isn't anything else to say regarding that game other than it's time to move on. That brings us to our game on Saturday against Boston College, who is just 3-14 in the ACC, but has won their last two contests, including an impressive 16-point home win over North Carolina State. In my opinion, this contest is far more important than the one we had on Wednesday night, and provides the team with an excellent opportunity.
An Opportunity for an ACC Road Win
Much has been made about Jeff Bzdelik's atrocious ACC record. The former Wake Forest head coach won just two ACC road games in 34 attempts during his four seasons at Mother So Dear. One of those two wins came in 2012 against Boston College. Danny Manning won his first road game at Wake Forest when the Deacs defeated Tulane 71-49 in New Orleans. The Deacs also won 65-63 at Richmond in dramatic fashion. Still, the team has yet to win a conference road game, though they came damn close against Virginia, Clemson, Syracuse and Florida State. However, the Deacs didn't find themselves ahead after 40, 45, or even 50 minutes. Wake Forest has a 37% chance to win according to Ken Pomeroy's ratings. This is Wake's best opportunity of the year to get the proverbial monkey off their back. To me, that's why this game is massively important.
An Opportunity to Build Positive Momentum into the ACC Tournament & Offseason
Two of Wake's last three games have been atrocious. There's no denying that. However, the home win against a very physical team was a nice one. When we saw the schedule we knew that a five game stretch that had road games at Virginia, Notre Dame, and Duke, with home games against Virginia and Pitt would be extremely difficult. 0-5 was a very real possibility, but Wake won the most winnable game during that stretch when they beat Pitt. Now we have two very winnable games with the Boston College game and an ACC Tournament game against either Virginia Tech or a Georgia Tech team who will be without Marcus-Georges Hunt. Wake can easily beat Boston College and win their opening game of the ACC Tournament. If Wake wins that game, then they'll be playing another very winnable game against a team like Miami or N.C. State. This would all be for a team who will return nearly every contributor this season and will also add three four-star prospects to next year's rotation.
What are you all thinking headed into the regular season finale?