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Game Preview: #2 Virginia looks to keep rolling at Wake Forest on Sunday

This was supposed to be the year that Danny Manning took Wake Forest basketball to the next level. After a surprise NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017, though, this has been anything but a breakthrough year for Manning and the Demon Deacons.

A 1-5 start in ACC play, after an 0-3 start in November that included a double-digit loss at home to Liberty, has Wake (8-10) as one of just two teams in the conference on the wrong side of .500.

The only positive, really at all, this season is the 73-67 win over Syracuse back on Jan. 3, though you have to give the Deacs credit for having played UNC tough on the road (a 73-69 loss on Dec. 30), and being competitive in losses to Boston College, Virginia Tech and NC State.

But, yeah, being competitive in losses was not what you expected out of Wake coming into 2017-2018, not after that NCAA appearance at the end of a 19-win season in 2016-2017.

Key players: Wake Forest

Keys to the game: Virginia

Preview by Chris Graham