The Wake Forest Demon Deacons closed out the 2020-21 regular season with a 63-75 loss to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Deacs finish the season on a seven game losing streak, with the final six losses coming by double digits. The loss puts the Deacs at 6-15 overall and 3-15 in the ACC, which—if I am not mistaken—locks them into the 14 seed for the ACC Tournament where they will take on the 11 seeded
Pitt Panthers Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Tuesday.
This was another double digit loss for the Deacs, but it didn’t really feel like a double digit loss. Wake was energetic and active for the full 40 minutes and didn’t have one of those excruciatingly long scoring droughts where they failed to score for 5 minutes. The Deacs finished the game shooting 44% from the field, their highest percentage since losing Florida State on February 13th. On the other end of the court, Wake was just unable to stop Georgia Tech from scoring down low, giving up a whopping 48 points in the paint. That is a result of how much Wake was forced to play Ismael Massoud at center when Ody Oguama was not in the game, as Emmanuel Okpomo did not play..
Graduate transfer Ian DuBose led Wake Forest in what was potentially his last regular season game as a Deac. DuBose made the most it, stuffing the stat sheet with 18 points on 7-9 shooting, 3 assists, and 4 steals. Daivien Williamson was the only other Wake Forest player to reach double digits with 15 points. While he only scored 2 points on a putback dunk, Quadry Adams showed a lot of potential with his defensive effort and was a constant thorn in the side of the Tech guards. He finished the game with 2 steals. As a note, Okpomo, Jahcobi Neath, and Isaiah Wilkins did not play in tonight’s game.
For the Yellow Jackets, Michael Devoe once again killed Wake Forest with a 20 point performance and finished the game shooting 80% from the floor. I don’t know what it is about playing the Deacs that Devoe likes so much, but in his four career games against Wake he is averaging 19.3 points per game on 61% shooting. Moses Wright also had a big game for GT with 17 points, and Jose Alvaredo added 11 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, and 5 assists in the win.
Like with the rest of this season, I am not terribly concerned about this loss. Wake played much better than they have in the past month, they just got beat by a better team that is headed to the NCAA Tournament. As I have said many times, I don’t really feel like anyone should put much stock into anything that happened on the court this season, so let’s just finish strong in the tournament and hit the ground running in what should be a very important offseason for the future of the program. Next season should be way more indicative of Wake Forest in the Steve Forbes era, so hold on to any hot takes until next November.