This is even more amazing when you consider the Deacons were the cellar dweller the past two seasons, and their head coach died suddenly during the offseason.
Caulton Tudor of the News Observer knows about such things…
…Sunday's win was enough to provide the Heels (26-2, 11-2 ACC) with a slight lead in the league standings entering their final stretch of regular-season games -- at Boston College, home for Florida State and at Duke.
But in many respects, the Deacons (16-9, 6-6) got a lot more out of the experience than a 16-point loss and a quick trip home. While there's probably no way to say for certain which ACC team is third-best at this stage, Wake deserves serious consideration.
"They broke us down a lot on defense; they're just doing a lot of good things," Carolina coach Roy Williams said of the Deacons.
In fact, Wake, with three sophomores and two freshmen in the starting lineup, have as much long-range upside as any team in the conference…
Teammates Jamie Skeen #31 Harvey Hale #4 James Johnson #23 and Jeff Teague #0 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons celebrate after defeating the Duke Blue Devils at Lawrence Joel Coliseum on February 17, 2008 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)