CHARLOTTE — Momentum might as well be in the eye of the beholder, at least for Wake Forest’s men’s basketball team.

The Deacons have lost three straight games entering their game against Miami in the first round of the ACC Tournament. Wake Forest hasn’t won consecutive games since the calendar read 2018 — and hasn’t won three straight since it was 2017.

Yet, Wake Forest enters the Spectrum Center at least knowing it’s played some of its best basketball in the past week, despite losses to No. 5 Duke and No. 12 Florida State.

“I feel like we’ve been playing a lot harder, more consistently and stuff,” freshman Jaylen Hoard said Monday after the Deacons’ open practice. “I feel like we’re doing pretty good, not really good, but pretty good. We’re going in the right direction, we’re going to try to keep building on that against Miami.”

Here are five things to watch in Tuesday’s game at Spectrum Center:

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