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ESPN ‘awards’ Number 1 Seed to Wake Forest in unique bracket

The Deacs earn a number one seed for a tournament you don’t want to be a champion of.

NCAA Basketball: ACC Conference Tournament-Miami-Florida vs Wake Forest Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

It’s not always good to be number one.

ESPN’s T.J. Berka “awards” the Wake Forest Demon Deacons basketball program by giving them a number one seed for his College Basketball Misery Index.

No. 1 seeds

Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 37.14 points

How can a school that produced the likes of Tim Duncan and Chris Paulhave the most miserable power-conference college basketball fan base? It’s pretty easy: No matter what you do, you’re completely overshadowed by Duke and North Carolina (and to a certain extent, NC State). Wake is by far the most tortured school when it comes to comparisons to rivals.

The Demon Deacons have made the tournament once in the past eight seasons, haven’t won a conference title since 2003 and have made only one Final Four, back in 1962. But there’d be a little more pride about those occasional achievements if they didn’t have such basketball giants as rivals. It’s another sad March at Wake, and it has been nearly 15 years since Paul was on campus.

The Deacs are in transition with a new AD but we shall see how things shake out. For now, Wake Forest has been in the news for all the wrong reasons but brighter days are ahead.