Wake Forest’s punch is so puny these days that it probably won’t make much difference, but the Deacons (7-10 overall, 0-2 ACC) are in position to benefit from a rare scheduling quirk this weekend.
At Virginia Tech (10-5, 1-2) on Saturday, 8 p.m., the Deacons will face a short-handed foe working with little rest.
The Hokies played at North Carolina (12-4, 2-0) in a 9 o’clock Thursday game, losing 64-61, and arriving back in Blacksburg in the wee hours.
It’s the sort of Thursday/Saturday scheduling sandwich that coaches detest unless they plan it themselves.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski occasionally lines up Thursday/Saturday situations but usually with a non-ACC opponent on Sunday. Krzyzewski sees it as helpful preparation for the postseason grind.
But for the Hokies, who are down to eight scholarship players, the quick turnaround in conference play isn’t what Seth Greenberg would prefer.
There’ll be another next week, too. But after going to Maryland (11-5, 1-2) on Thursday, the Hokies will return to face Longwood (6-14) in a non-leaguer.