Freshman forward Travis McKie has been a bright spot for Wake Forest this season but he struggled in his ACC debut. McKie, who averages 13.6 points per game, scored eight points with four rebounds in 25 minutes.
He was held scoreless in the first half and really didn't put up any numbers until the Wolfpack had stretched out the lead to double-digits.
Without McKie over-achieving, it's difficult to project more than one or two ACC wins for a discombobulated Wake team, which doesn't appear interested in playing for first-year coach Jeff Bzdelik or each other.
— One thing Tracy Smith could work on while he was rehabbing his left knee was his jump shot. Smith showed more range with his face-up game and more confidence in his jump shot against Wake.
He hit a catch-and-shoot baseline jumper from about 12 feet at 6:57 in the second half that was previously not part of his offensive arsenal.
"When I couldn't practice, I worked on my shot," said Smith, who missed 10 games with a knee injury.
— You could see Bzdelik's NBA background coming out when the Deacs went after freshman guard Ryan Harrow. Wake guard C.J. Harris, who has about three inches and 25 pounds on Harrow, went straight to the low block against Harrow.
Bzdelik dialed up five straight plays in the first half with Harris isolated on Harrow — the big guard mismatch is a a staple of the NBA game. Harris converted two of his four field goals in the sequence.