After an incredible season that saw the Wake Forest Demon Deacons finish 23-9 overall and 13-7 in the ACC, the Deacs are unfortunately not part of the big dance this season. Despite the excellent finish, the strength of the ACC and Wake’s non-conference schedule left them with a NET rating of 48 and a single Quad 1 win, which apparently wasn’t enough for them to make the tournament.
The tragic loss to Boston College in the ACC tournament may not have affected Wake much, as the committee didn’t even have Wake as one of the tournament’s top four teams.
Dayton, Oklahoma, SMU, Texas A&M are the top four teams eliminated — in that order.
—Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 13, 2022
Wake probably should have beaten Miami in the quarterfinals to get out of the bubble and into the field, especially with how the other teams in the bubble have advanced in their conference tournaments. It also means the Deacs will likely be a 2 or 3 seed in the NIT, which will be announced later tonight.
The committee clearly didn’t respect the ACC at all this year, making Wake Forest the first ACC team with a .650 conference winning percentage to sit out the tournament.
How unprecedented would it be if Wake Forest (23-9, 13-7 ACC) were kicked out of the tournament?
Since the field expanded to 64 in 1985:
– There has been an ACC team with a winning percentage of .650 or more in conference play left out
—Colin Mac (@colinmac16) March 13, 2022
It is also the first time since the expansion that the ACC Coach of the Year and ACC Player of the Year have not participated in the tournament.
One team awaiting its fate today is Wake Forest, which includes ACC Player of the Year Alondes Williams and ACC Coach of the Year Steve Forbes.
Since the 1985 expansion, there has not been an NCAA tournament where neither ACC Player of the Year nor Coach of the Year has made it. pic.twitter.com/1QLiO5K8ix
— ESPN Stats and Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 13, 2022
Guess we’ll find out at the end of the week just how strong the ACC really was this season and whether or not the disrespect was warranted.
Personally, I think the committee vastly overestimated the Big 10, which fielded 9 teams, including Rutgers (18-13, NET 77), Michigan (17-14, 34 NET) and (Indiana 20-13, 39 NET). That being said, I’m obviously quite biased in favor of Wake and the ACC, so take that as you will. I also think Wake had a better resume than Wyoming, which faces Indiana in the First Four.
The Deacs had a great season, but missing the tournament sucks. Hopefully we win the NIT. Go deacons!