Bracketology: Wake Forest NCAA Tournament Odds Climbing

Even though the Demon Deacons lost on Wednesday night to Notre Dame, they are still a heavy favorite to be in the NCAA Tournament.
Feb 6, 2024; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons guard Abramo Canka (10) reacts
Feb 6, 2024; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons guard Abramo Canka (10) reacts / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are one of the many bubble teams nationwide trying to punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament. Steve Forbes’ squad has a record of 18-10 this season after suffering a tough five-point road loss to Notre Dame on Wednesday night.

The Demon Deacons cannot afford to lose games against teams such as Notre Dame and other lower-tier teams in the ACC if they want to have any chance of getting into the tournament.

Wake Forest has three remaining games (Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, and Clemson) left in the regular season before heading to the ACC tournament, where they will try to make a run to solidify their standing in the field of 68.

After losing to Notre Dame on Wednesday night, college hoops fans might’ve thought that would’ve put a dent into the Demon Deacons’ tournament hopes.

However, that wasn’t the case as Joe Lunardi has Wake Forest receiving one of the last four byes in his latest bracketology on Thursday.

The oddsmakers also like Wake’s chances to get into the tournament as they are a healthy -270 favorite, with no coming in at +215 on DraftKings Sportsbook.

The Demon Deacons were among the teams listed under the first four out in Lunardi’s bracketology from Feb. 20. At that time, Wake Forest had lost two consecutive games to Duke and Virginia by 10 combined points. Since then, the Demon Deacons have gone 2-1 in their last three games, which includes an upset win over Duke.

Wake Forest can get back into the win column this weekend when they take on the Virginia Tech Hokies. The Demon Deacons defeated Virginia Tech earlier this season by 23 points in Winston-Salem.

Steve Forbes’ crew controls their destiny from this point forward. If they finish the season 2-1 or better, with a strong showing in the ACC tournament, we will see them in the big dance.