Through the first 12 games of the 2023-24 season, the Virginia Tech men's basketball team was 9-3 and 1-0 in ACC play after a 75-68 victory over Louisville on Dec. 3. They resumed conference play Saturday afternoon in Winston-Salem, North Carolina against a very good Wake Forest team.
The Hokies found out early on just how good the Demon Deacons are as the hosts raced out to a 44-24 halftime lead and kept the foot on the pedal in the second half to win their ACC opener. Wake Forest, who was the only ACC team not to play a conference game, improved to 10-3 and looks like a real threat this season in the conference.
It was a forgettable afternoon for Mike Young and his team who were beaten in just about every aspect of the game at both ends of the floor. Wake Forest did what they wanted, when they wanted offensively and the Hokies never adjusted. The Demon Deacons are a very good team and a well-balanced one that spreads the ball around.
Virginia Tech gets seven days off and returns to action Jan. 6 at Florida State. With that said, here are three takeaways after the Hokies fell to 9-4 overall and 1-1 in the ACC.