The Wake Forest Demon Deacons came into Wednesday’s ACC tournament game with the Boston College Eagles in a good position to potentially make a deep run in that conference tournament and solidify their position as a clear NCAA tournament team.
Boston College had other plans, stunning the Demon Deacons 82-77 in overtime in a huge upset. And that puts Wake Forest’s NCAA tournament future in question going forward.
Boston College shocks Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament.
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) March 9, 2022
This loss has gotten many believing that the Demon Deacons could be on the outside looking in for a NCAA tournament spot. Their fate could depend on what else happens in this week’s conference tournaments.
Wake Forest just took a "Gates of Hell" Brutality loss four days before Selection Sunday. Demon Deacons fall to BC in Brooklyn.
Going to be a LONG 96 hours for fans of this program.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 9, 2022
Wake Forest just lost to Boston College.
This loss, along with Wake’s lackluster non-conference schedule, could wind up costing the Demon Deacons an NCAA tourney bid.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 9, 2022
This marks the second Quad-3 loss for Wake Forest, with their other loss coming against Louisville earlier this season. That’s a metric that certainly weighs heavy on the mind of the NCAA Selection Committee.
Wake Forest loses to BC. Metrics will obviously adjust overnight, but here’s the Deacs’ dossier for now:
Best W—@ VT
Worst L—@ Louisville
Won't be top-35 in any team sheet metric. Long wait to Sunday.
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) March 9, 2022
College basketball insider Jerry Palm of CBS Sports had Wake Forest as a clear bubble team before this game against Boston College, and had this to say on Wake Forest’s future if they lost Wednesday’s game.
“This is an elimination game for the Demon Deacons. This would be a second Quad 3 loss – one too many for a resume as soft as Wake Forest’s. The goal is to get them to tomorrow.”
While it is far from official that we won’t be seeing Wake Forest in the NCAA tournament, and there have been some unusual selections in prior years, the Demon Deacons’ tournament hopes were certainly dealt a huge blow on Wednesday at the hands of Boston College.