Two Tim Duncan teams had opportunities to advance to the Final Four in the All-Time Wake Forest Basketball Tournament, but both were defeated in stunning fashion. We left the voting up to our readers to decide, and several readers STRONGLY believed that the Tim Duncan teams were simply not good enough to make it to the Final Four.
#1 1994-1995 vs. #2 1976-1977
1977 wins 76-75
In what I could consider a considerable upset, the 1977 team defeated the 1995 team 76-75 on a last-second buzzer-beater by former All-ACC guard Skip Brown. Brown, who averaged nearly 19 points and more than 6 assists per contest this season, scored 30 points and dished out 8 assists. Brown's three most important points came as he drained a 25-footer in Randolph Childress' face as time expired. There are no indications whether this will be affectionately known as "The Other Shot." Rod Griffin was also fantastic in this one, as he went toe-to-toe against the great Tim Duncan, and managed to hold his own. He scored 23 of his own, while hauling in 8 rebounds. Jerry Schellenberg scored 16 points of his own. The '77 team lacked depth, and knew they were going to need outstanding performances from those three players, and they got them, as the trio combined for 69 of the team's 76 points.
Duncan was sensational, as he scored 26 points, including a go-ahead 8-footer off the glass to make it 75-73 with just five seconds remaining, but I've already given away what happened next.
#1 1961-1962 vs. #2 1996-1997
1962 wins 64-60
The only Wake Forest team to ever make the Final Four will go there again, after they defeated the 1996-1997 team 64-60. 97 senior big man Tim Duncan scored 34 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, but his Herculean efforts were not enough to overpower the two-time ACC Champion 1962 squad. Len Chappell contributed 19 points and 12 rebounds, while guard Billy Packer was the team MVP. He scored 23 points and dished out 11 assists en route to the team's 64-60 victory.
The 1962 squad avoided having to play Tim Duncan in consecutive rounds thanks to the 1977 team's upset of the 1995 game in the night's early game.