The losing streak continues for Wake Forest, who lost their sixth straight game last night to the Pitt Panthers by a score of 57-70. This one was closer than the previous four, but the result was the same—a fifth straight double digit loss for the Deacs. Wake falls to 6-14 overall and 3-11 in the ACC with just one game remaining in the regular season.
There really isn’t much to say that hasn’t already been said. The team is clearly exhausted from the longevity of the season and it is showing on the court.
"Ian (DuBose) has hit the wall physically. Come on guys, you see it." - Forbes— Conor O'Neill (@ConorONeillFA) March 3, 2021
Wake’s offense all year has been completely reliant on making a ton of 3-pointers, and tired legs and 3-point shooting don’t really go together at all—the Deacs finished the game shooting 36% from the floor and 35% from beyond the arc.
Pitt’s defense did a good job limiting the chances the Deacs got from beyond the arc by switching some of the actions Wake has been using to get open shots all season long.
The Panthers also clearly game-planned for the 5-out motion from Wake Forest and simply left whoever was guarding Ody Oguama, typically Abdoul Karim Coulibaly, in the paint while Oguama was out on the perimeter.
A big man standing in the middle of the lane kind of defeats the whole purpose of running a 5-out system. That basically forced the Deacs into shooting contested threes and jump shots for the majority of the night, and obviously the result did not work out well for Wake.
With just 1 game remaining before the ACC tournament, it’s going to take a massive reversal of the current trend for the Deacs to come up with another win before the end of the season. Wake takes on a Georgia Tech team fighting for their NCAA tournament lives on Friday, and then could very well end up taking on Pitt for a 3rd time in the Tuesday game of the ACC Tournament. It’s been a tough year, but I still believe things are looking up for the program.