At first glance, it’s certainly shocking.
Miami (FL) lost on the road at Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon, their first such defeat within ACC play this season. The nation’s second-ranked team fell to 13-1 within the conference with the loss, as the Demon Deacons snapped the Hurricanes’ 14-game winning streak in the process.
The story of the game however, should focus upon Wake Forest’s performance. The Demon Deacons shot 54.2% from the field as a team, converting on 7-of-12 three-pointers in the process. C.J. Harris led all scorers with 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting.
So credit the Demon Deacons, who at 12-14 overall probably scooped up what will be their biggest win of the season, barring a crazy run within the conference tournament.
As for Miami, the loss is just a slight bump in the road. Obviously, the Hurricanes have been having a terrific season overall and while the loss may dethrone them from the talks of a No. 1 seed within the NCAA Tournament for the time being, the opportunity to still reach that goal remains at the forefront.
The Hurricanes had no answer for Wake Forest’s hot shooting, so it’s one that Miami must simply move past. A date with Duke is the team’s only remaining road contest in the regular season, so if the Hurricanes protect their home court in the other three games that are on the schedule, then they will still win the ACC title outright.
Miami (FL) will move forward on Wednesday night when Virginia Tech comes to town.
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