Ishmael Smith is a rarity on Wake Forest's campus. He's one of the few players who know what it's like to win a postseason tournament game.
It's been a while since a victory — the first round of the 2007 ACC tournament, to be exact.
Smith and the Demon Deacons are eager to make up for last year's NCAA flop, and last week's embarrassing upset loss in the league tournament, when they face Texas on Thursday in the first round of the East Regional.
Smith says Tuesday that Wake Forest needs to be "mentally tough, mentally strong and playing with a lot of emotion and energy from the beginning."
The Demon Deacons (19-10) touched down in New Orleans on Tuesday afternoon.