As a Wake Forest graduate I love me some Wake Forest basketball. They have been pretty pitiful the last few seasons, so it doesn’t have the same excitement that it once had. It seems weird to me that the more recent grads and current students see football as the more successful of Wake’s athletic programs given that when I was a student they were fighting it out with Duke for last place in the ACC every year. On the other hand when I was a student Wake was pretty much at the height of their basketball program. Tim Duncan was in his senior year when I was a freshman, and they had a string of really good years. Those days sadly seem to be long gone right now. I, however, am not a fair weather fan and still cheer on my Deacs.
As I mentioned in my previous post I was in North Carolina for work this week. I stayed around to visit my friends Teresa and Brian. As it happens Saturday was Wake’s home ACC opener against Virginia Tech, so I of course wanted to go to the game. Teresa just started a new job and had to work, but Brian and I went to the game. Even with a fairly sparse crowd that included a decent number of Virginia Tech fans there’s still nothing quite as exciting as an ACC basketball game.
Since their current pitiful state has resulted in very few of their game bend nationally televised this year I had only see them play twice prior to this game and they did not look good. They looked the best I’ve seen them play so far this year at least during the first half. The second half wasn’t so great and they let Virginia Tech come back from what was at it’s height a 12 point lead to take the lead in the last two minutes. Wake did manage to pull it out in the end and win the game, but they sure made it a nail biter. I expect the issue with second half to continue because they don’t have a very deep bench and the players just get tired from having to play so many minutes.
I am happy they won the one game I am attending in person this season. hopefully it won’t be like last year and be the only conference game they win. The only ACC game they won last year was the game against Virginia, which I was at. After they won again today my friend Teresa said my attendance must be their good luck charm and that Wake should invest in some plane tickets and tickets to the game for me. I’m looking forward to watching some college basketball over the next few months. It’s one of the only good things about winter.