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Wake Forest Basketball faces questions as they enter ACC slate

Wake Forest enters conference play with a 7-5 record. Can they exceed expectations?

NCAA Basketball: Wake Forest at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

As the Wake Forest basketball program limps into the ACC portion of their schedule, the Demon Deacons are 7-5. With puzzling losses to Houston Baptist and Gardner-Webb, the victory over Ivy League Cornell to start the New Year still didn’t erase many of the Wake Forest fans entering the hardest part of the schedule.

Sure, it was nice to see Jaylen Hoard score 23 points while grabbing 15 rebounds while the Deacs held Cornell to 37.5% shooting but with ACC juggernauts like Duke two times in the upcoming slate of games, it’ll be very tough to be optimistic.

Even with the daunting task of 18 games against ACC teams in the next 66 days, the team looks to relish the challenge and play against top tier talent in the ACC.

“I think we can kind of estimate how hard it’s going to be,” freshman forward Jaylen Hoard said. “You don’t really know until you actually play in it. So we kind of try to listen to the veteran guys, Brandon (Childress), Chaundee (Brown), Olivier (Sarr), they’ve all played in the ACC.”

With the team having a lack of veteran presence besides for Brandon Childress, Chaundee Brown, and Olivier Sarr, young players like Hoard will have to step up or this will be a long slate of games. With Georgia Tech tomorrow and a home game against the Duke Blue Devils on Tuesday, Wake Forest will be challenged very quickly.

Perhaps people are being very pessimistic but I think most fans would agree.....

It’ll be a challenge but perhaps the Deacs can surprise, starting with a trip to Atlanta tomorrow afternoon (where the Deacs haven’t won since.... 2004)