Virginia Tech Basketball: 3 takeaways from disastrous loss at Wake Forest

It was a tough game for the Virginia Tech men's basketball team from the start in an 86-63 ACC loss at Wake Forest Saturday.
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Virginia Tech's defense was not good

Coming into the season, Young was hoping to see his team play better on the defensive end. In their first 12 games, the results were mixed. In their three losses to Florida Atlantic, South Carolina, and Auburn, the defense was an issue, but in their wins, it was pretty good. Against Wake Forest, it was the worst effort on the defensive end this season to date as the Demon Deacons got whatever they wanted on the offensive to put up 86 points.

Virginia Tech had problems keeping the Wake Forest guards in front of them, then when shots did go up from the outside, the Demon Deacons did a good job of attacking the boards and grabbing 11 offensive rebounds where they collected 18 points off of them. In the second half, the Hokies gave up open-look 3-pointers, and very rarely was there a hand closing out on the shooters. Wake Forest also went 19-for-21 from the free-throw line where they did a good amount of damage. That type of defensive effort won't win many more games this season.