Sunday, January 30, 2005

Eric Williams On A Roll

Big E makes this week's "Who's Hot" list in the Raleigh News & Observer.

Rightfully so! Eric has averaged 26 points and 9.7 rebounds per game in Wake's last 3 games (Cincy, GT, Miami), and is making a strong case for first team All-ACC. Wednesday's matchup between Eric and Duke's Shelden Williams should be a battle for the ages.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Game Summary - Wake Forest vs. Miami

Wake Forest pulled away from Miami in the second half to win 94-82 and improve to 5-2 in the ACC.

Despite hundreds of fans choosing to stay home rather than brave the icy and snowy roads in Winston-Salem, the game got off to a hot start, as both teams shot over 50% in the half. Miami was particularly potent from the field, hitting 90% of their 3-point attempts in the half (10-for-11). Anthony Harris dropped 18 of his 28 in the half, and Guillermo Diaz was 4-for-4 from beyond the arc at the break. The Miami lead got up to 7, but the Deacs came back, pulling within one at halftime.

The second half began just like the first, back-and-forth with little defense. However, Wake Forest grabbed a lead at 59-58 and didn't look back, going on an 18-7 run as Justin Gray's 3-pointer put the Deacs up by 12. Eric Williams had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and both Chris Ellis and Trent Strickland had strong games off the bench as the Wake improved to 17-3 overall.

WAKE FOREST LEADERS:
Points - Williams 23, Gray 20
Rebounds - Williams 11, Strickland 7
Assists - Paul 7, Downey 6

OPPOSING PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Anthony Harris - 28 pts., 9 assists

Monday, January 24, 2005

Vytas Danelius

Vytas was the lead story on the College Hoops homepage at CBS Sportsline, as Gregg Doyel contemplated this year's reincarnation of Danelius vs. the #13 of old.

Some notable quotes:

"Danelius, a 6-foot-9, 237-pound senior forward, hasn't been himself for almost two years."

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The Deacons (16-2) have made it this far with Danelius averaging 6.5 points and 4.6 rebounds, but they've soared when he was more like his sophomore self. His best two games were against George Washington and No. 6 North Carolina, when he averaged 14 points and seven rebounds and the Deacons won by a combined 34 points."

"'I think I'm back,' Danelius said. 'It's not always the points. It's about confidence, how you feel about your game, your role. I never had fancy dribbles. I'm still the same player, walking tall. I'm ready to fight. I want to be a fighter.'"

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If it comes all the way back, watch out. With Danelius a fearless pogo stick once more, the Deacons would have the most complete team in the country."

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Game Summary - Wake Forest vs. Cincinnati

Unlike in Tuesday's game against Florida State, Taron Downey knocked down his final free throw to put the game away for good as #3 Wake Forest knocked off #20/18 Cincinnati on the road, 74-70.

Wake Forest got off to a hot start, going up 19-9. The Deacs were torrid throughout the first half, shooting over 50% from the field (and over 70% from behind the arc), and Chris Paul hit his first 4 three-pointers. However, turnovers began to plague Wake Forest, and the Bearcats cut the Deacs' halftime lead to 1, 39-38.

Wake opened the second half with a dunk by Eric Williams, and went on an 8-3 run to start the half to lead 47-41. The Deacs continued their hot shooting, finishing at 50% (9-of-18) on three-pointers, and maintained around a 6 point lead for most of the second half. However, after leading 70-64 with 3:37 to play, Wake Forest failed to score again until there were 10 seconds left in the game. Trailing 70-68 with 11 seconds left, Cincinnati's Jason Maxiell attempted a turnaround baseline jumper from 8 feet out that fell short. Jamaal Levy grabbed the rebound, was fouled, and knocked down both free throws. Jihad Muhammad drove for a layup with 3 seconds left to cut the score to 72-70, but Taron Downey was fouled and hit both his foul shots to end the game.

Eric Williams dominated the game in the paint, scoring a career high 29 points and grabbing 6 rebounds. Chris Paul added 21 points and had 8 assists as Wake picked up the important road victory.

WAKE FOREST LEADERS:
Points - Williams 29, Paul 21
Rebounds - Levy 7, Williams 6, Paul 6
Assists - Paul 8, Levy 5

OPPOSING PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Eric Hicks - 18 points, 5 rebounds

Friday, January 21, 2005

Kellogg: Downey/Levy Underrated, but Wake Will Lose to Cincy

Clark Kellogg of Yahoo! Sports put Jamaal Levy and Taron Downey at the top of his list of "Undervalued Pairs" in college basketball. He went on in his Weekend Preview to predict a Wake loss at #20/18 Cincinnati.

"The game's outcome will be determined by Cincinnati's ability to score points in the half court. Nick Williams has scored 40 points in the last two games, including 12 3-pointers.That kind of shooting needs to continue and I think it will. Cincinnati rarely loses at home and I think the Bearcats will win this one."

82 Reasons Why Taron Downey Should be Praised...

82 - the number of games Taron Downey has won in his Wake Forest career. Zero - the importance of his throat slash gesture, which was not malicious or threatening, but rather the excited reaction of a senior leader who had just capped a remarkable comeback by his team.

The Durham Herald-Sun expands on how much Taron means to the Wake Forest team and community as a whole.

Notable quotes:

"Downey is one of the classiest kids in Skip Prosser's program and he made a simple mistake."

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Never mind that Wake had made an NCAA-record 50 consecutive free throws -- including an ACC-record 32-of-32 Saturday vs. North Carolina -- because Downey became the story."

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Dean Buchan, Wake's sports information director, went into the dressing room hoping to get Downey to do a postgame interview on the school's radio network. No chance. Downey was crying and throwing up."

"Wake Forest has won 82 games in Downey's career. One word can describe him -- invaluable. A better phrase would be -- invaluable off the bench."

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If Prosser is the smart coach that I know him to be, he will allow this to evaporate into the clouds, caution Downey not to even think about it again. And move on."

We should all do the same...

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Sports Illustrated Power Rankings

We remain in the top 4 of SI's Power 16, behind Illinois, Kansas, and Duke.

"Wake's 2,000-plus student cheering section -- the Screamin' Demons -- elevated its national profile by displaying impressive Illinois- or Duke-style rowdiness for the Deacs' win over North Carolina last Saturday. (Those fans were sorely missed in Tallahassee on Tuesday.) The Demons' standard-issue uniform, however -- a loud, black-and-yellow tie-dye shirt -- will not win any fashion awards."

Illinois-style rowdiness? Don't insult us that way... SI might change their tune after watching the Illini's weak crowd tonight vs. Iowa. And we LOVE our tie-dyes, even though they're not winning fashion awards!

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Katz: Paul Is The Difference

In real life news, Andy Katz picks Chris Paul as the best point guard in the country, and the key to Wake's success.

Some quotes from the article:

"Paul finds a way to make the 3-pointer, the mid-range shot in the lane or from along the baseline, or simply gets to the line."

"The Demon Deacons won [on Saturday]. And they'll win plenty more, because of Paul."

"Forget about debating who is the best point guard in the country this season. The race is over."

"Paul is the difference for Wake Forest -- and what differentiates Wake Forest from everyone else."

If Life Imitated Video Games...

ESPN.com simulated the 2005 Final Four on its NCAA College Hoops 2K5 game. The results? Wake defeated North Carolina by 4 in one semifinal, and then knocked off Kansas by 14 in the National Championship. Do I hear "One Shining Moment" playing somewhere in the distance?...

1/18/05 - ACC Game #5; Wake Forest at Florida St.

Here are a few game articles from yesterday's upset loss to Florida State in overtime, 91-83.

Refreshing Win

'Noles Upset Deacs

No. 3 Wake Forest Falls in Overtime

Game Summary - WF at FSU

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Game Summary - Wake Forest vs. Florida State

Oh, the irony. Wake Forest tonight hit each of its first 18 free throws, setting a new NCAA record for consecutive free throws made at 50. The 51st free throw attempt came with 2 seconds left, and the score tied at 76. Taron Downey missed, sending the game into overtime, and #3 Wake Forest fell in the extra period to Florida State, 91-83.

Florida State opened the game on fire from the field, as Von Wafer hit 3 of his first 4 three-point attempts en route to 25 points in the first half (he finished with 30). The Seminoles refused to let up, and Wake Forest turned the ball over 5 times in the first 10 minutes. After cutting the FSU lead to 20-14, Downey rimmed out a three-pointer and Florida State went on a run to go up by 19.

Open three-pointers and easy layups for the Noles took them to a 46-32 halftime lead, but Wake Forest rallied back to tie the game at 67. With the Noles leading 76-73, Skip Prosser took a timeout with 8 seconds left to set up a play. The ball was inbounded and ended up in Downey's hands to the left of the key. With 2.1 seconds remaining, Downey heaved up a desperate 23-footer and was fouled by a flying leg from a Florida State player. (Incidentally, the foul was indisputable, after 39 minutes of head-scratchingly inconsistent refereeing from Duke Edsall's crew) As the shot swished in, Downey turned to the crowd and mouthed "It's Over" before turning to shoot his free throw. On the Deacs 19th free throw attempt of the night, the shot rolled off the back right side of the rim, and the game was sent into overtime.

In the extra period, the Seminoles scored on 5 of their first 6 possessions, and Wake Forest couldn't find the net. A Todd Galloway 3-pointer with a minute left to make it 87-80 put the final seal on the game, and the Deacs only managed one more basket, an NBA 3-pointer from Downey, who ended up with 21 points on 5-for-7 from outside the arc. Chris Paul finished with 29 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists. However, among other woes, Justin Gray shot 3-for-16 (including 1-for-12 on three-point attempts), and Vytas Danelius shot 1-for-7.

WAKE FOREST LEADERS:
Points - Paul 29, Downey 21
Rebounds - Paul 9, Williams 7
Assists - Paul 6, Gray 3

OPPOSING PLAYERS OF THE GAME:
Von Wafer (30 points), Al Thornton (26 points, 10 rebounds)

Monday, January 17, 2005

Debunking the Free Throw Myth

In the past couple of days, there has been a lot of chatter not only from UNC fans, but also from local and national media, about the impact our 32-for-32 from the line had on the victory. What these so-called "experts" fail to mention is that UNC was a blistering 21-for-26 from the line.

Take away all the free throws in the game and Wake Forest still wins by 2. If UNC makes all of its attempts, Wake wins by 8. If Wake shoots the same FT percentage as UNC did (80.8 %), Wake wins by 6. It wasn't the free throws that won the game for Wake Forest. Enough said...

ESPN.com Tidbits

Well, the accolades are pouring in on ESPN.com after this weekend's win over UNC. Chris Paul was named Andy Katz's Player of the Week, and Wake was one of his honorable mentions for Team of the Week (Syracuse got the nod).

Meanwhile, in Joe Lunardi's Bracketology, Wake Forest is in as a #1 seed in the Syracuse region, playing its first two games in Charlotte against Charleston Southern and either Georgetown or Vanderbilt.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

1/15/05 - ACC Game #4; North Carolina at Wake Forest

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Game Summary - Wake Forest vs. North Carolina

As I tried to think of a player to highlight as the one who won the game for Wake Forest when they beat North Carolina 95-82 on Saturday, there were several possibilities. Chris Paul? 26 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds, and 5 steals makes for a stunning stat line. Taron Downey? 18 points off the bench to spark a huge first half run to put the Deacons on top. Chris Ellis? 11 points and stellar rebounding off the bench. Vytas Danelius? Again, 11 points and tough work on the glass. Then I came to the realization that the win was not sparked by one single player, but rather a precise offensive performance and tough defense by the TEAM as a whole.

In addition, the Deacs came 2 made free throws short of an NCAA record, as they hit all 32 of their attempts from the stripe. In a game that was chippy (to say the least) at the outset, several players from each team got in early foul trouble. By halftime, Jackie Manuel (UNC) had 3 fouls, and Raymond Felton (UNC) and 4 Wake Forest players had 2 each. Rashad McCants also found himself in the referees' doghouse, as he recieved his third foul near the end of the first half, after which he proceeded to pout, throw his gum into the Wake Forest crowd, and storm off the court. The second half continued in the same fashion: Eric Williams (WF), David Noel (UNC), Marvin Williams (UNC), and Manuel all fouled out. Also, referee Karl Hess did his best to help UNC attempt to make a comeback by calling 4 fouls on Wake in a span of 30 seconds.

After taking a 10-point lead at the half (43-33), Wake expanded its margin to 15 on 3 Downey free throws. Carolina closed to within 8 at 66-58, but Ellis stole a rebound from Marvin Williams and made a layup to quell the Tar Heels' run. The lead was again trimmed to 8 with 2 1/2 minutes left, but Chris Paul beat the UNC press to find a wide open Eric Williams for the dunk. Several free throws in the last minute pushed the lead to a final margin of 13, as a raucous Wake crowd left the arena in jubilation. Wake improved to 15-1 (4-0 ACC), while UNC dropped to 14-2 (3-1).

WAKE FOREST LEADERS:
Points - Paul 26, Downey 18
Rebounds - Levy 8, Danelius 7
Assists - Paul 8, 2 tied with 2

OPPOSING PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Marvin Williams - 15 pts., 7 rebs.

Come back tomorrow for a full slate of articles about the game.

Friday, January 14, 2005

Campout in Full Force

Over 300 Wake students have now amassed at the Joel Coliseum, down the street from campus, to camp out for the best seats for Saturday's game vs. UNC (1:30 PM EST on ABC). Tents, cars, and even a horse trailer are scattered across the Joel's parking lot, as students have braved hard ground and even less cooperative weather to be as close to the action as possible. Coach Skip Prosser, women's coach Mike Peterson, and several players (including Chris Paul, Justin Gray, Taron Downey, Trent Strickland, and Kyle Visser) have stopped by to thank the students for their support.

Greensboro News & Record writer Rob Daniels offers his take on the festivities.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Wake Mentioned in Article About Maryland's Struggles

Dan Wetzel from Yahoo! Sports discusses Maryland's recent struggles but also throws in several tidbits about Wake.

Some highlights:

"A Demon Deacon crew that is every bit as good as its No. 4 national ranking implies."

"Paul, the sophomore superstar who could start for about 10 NBA teams right now – and will for one next year." (although that last part is a bit disturbing)

"Lawrence Joel Coliseum (capacity 14,665) is not just sold out, but rocking. Now the Deacons aren't just winning (14-1) but scoring style points en route, what with Paul, Justin Gray and Trent Strickland combining for an aerial show."

"Saturday's top-five clash with North Carolina is one of the most anticipated games in school history."

1/11/05 - ACC Game #3; Maryland at Wake Forest

Game Summary - Wake Forest vs. Maryland

Another day, another game of unconscious shooting for Justin Gray. Gray's 25 points and 66% 3-point shooting led Wake Forest to their 3rd ACC victory as they defeated Maryland 81-66. That deceiving score doesn't fully reflect a 21-point halftime lead by the Deacs, as they went on a 32-18 run to end the first 20 minutes. Maryland shot only 38% from the field in the first half (including 0-for-7 from outside the arc) and an abysmal 25% from the free throw stripe. The Terps' poor shooting, combined with Gray's 16 first half points, left the Deacons sitting comfortably at the half.

Wake extended the lead in the second stanza, doubling the Terps' score at 52-26 before beginning to slow down on offense. As they ran longer offensive sets and Maryland began to hit more consistently from the field and the stripe, the Terps closed to within 13 before the Deacs put in their walk-ons for the third straight game to finish the job.

For all intents and purposes, however, the game was over by halftime... and both teams knew it. Wake coach Skip Prosser criticized the Deacs' inability to "finish the game" as they had in the first two ACC games, but he hit the nail on the head when adding that the players looked like "they just wanted to get the game over with." After all, a top 5 team and in-state rival comes to town on Saturday. We'll excuse the Deacs for looking ahead...

WAKE FOREST LEADERS:
Points - Gray 25, Paul 14
Rebounds - Danelius 10, Williams 10
Assists - Paul 6, Strickland 3

OPPOSING PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Nik Caner-Medley - 21 points, 6 rebounds

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Former Wake SG A.W. Hamilton Leads Marshall to Upset

Former Dave Odom recruit A.W. Hamilton, who transferred from Wake Forest to Marshall in 2002, had a team high 17 points to lead the Thundering Herd to a stunning upset of West Virginia.

Marshall 59 - West Virginia 55



Eric Williams Makes Doyel's Top 10 "Physically Astonishing" Players

Gregg Doyel from CBS Sportsline ranked 10 players "whose physical attributes, whether it's their size or speed or strength or something else, freak ... me ... out."

Eric Williams made the list at #9, and we would tend to agree, based on his work in the paint this year. (Plus we love the comparison to Elton Brand!) "
At 6-9, 275 pounds, the Wake Forest junior is a lot like ex-Duke great Elton Brand -- only an inch taller, 15 pounds heavier and more chiseled. The Brand comparison tilts the other way on the court, where Brand is a basketball savant, but Williams' game is coming along nicely ... and he's a simply terrifying physical presence."

Getting Physical

Monday, January 10, 2005

WSJ: Wake's High-Flying Offense

In today's Winston-Salem Journal, Dan Collins talks about Clemson playing into the hands of our uptempo offense. Will the rest of the ACC be able to slow us down?

Deacons' Offense and Opponents' Styles

Our 2 KEYS FOR THE MARYLAND GAME tomorrow night:

1) Limiting Turnovers: On Saturday, North Carolina turned the ball over 15 times in the first 20 minutes, and Maryland kept the game close. When the Heels cut back on their turnovers in the second half, they ran away with it.

2) Perimeter Defense: One of the favorite (and most effective) tools of the Maryland offense is having someone (usually Gilchrist) penetrate and kick it out to an open 3-point shooter. UNC, through a combination of luck and good outside defense, limited the Terps to a pitiful 2-for-22 on 3-point FGs on Saturday. We can't let them stay in the game by knocking down a bunch of 3's.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

1/8/05 - ACC Game #2; Wake Forest at Clemson

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Game Summary - Wake Forest vs. Clemson

As we mentioned earlier this week, there are those in favor and those firmly opposed to ACC expansion and the havoc it has wreaked on the conference schedule. Both sides of the argument came out today in South Carolina as #3/4 Wake Forest thrashed Clemson, 103-68. On one hand, Clemson will be relieved that this is the only time they have to face Wake Forest this year. On the other side, Wake is surely disappointed that they will not get a chance to walk over Clemson in the Joel like they did in Littlejohn.

Wake started the game on fire, as Justin Gray made his first 5 three-point attempts en route to an early 22-9 lead. Clemson kept it close throughout the first half, however, as the Deacon fouls racked up. By halftime, Kyle Visser and Vytas Danelius each had 3 fouls, and three other Deacons had 2. A cold spell by Clemson after the half, combined with Coach Skip Prosser's decision to begin dumping the ball inside to center Eric Williams, broke the game open for the Deacs as they built upon their 11-point halftime lead. Williams finished with 21 points, Gray tied his career high with 31 (25 of which came in the first half), and Chris Paul added 14 points and 6 assists. Prosser emptied the bench in the final 3 minutes, as Kyle Visser's 5 points and walk-on Graeme Keith's two free-throws put the Deacs over the hundred-point barrier.

WAKE FOREST LEADERS:
Points- Gray 31, Williams 21
Rebounds- Levy 12, Williams 7
Assists- Paul 6, Gray 4

OPPOSING PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Akin Akingbala- 16 pts (5-6 from the field), 4 rebounds

Come back tomorrow for a full slate of local and national news articles about today's game.

Washington Post - Projecting The Field

Today's Washington Post featured a section giving a (very) early projection of the NCAA Tournament field. Wake was listed as the #1 seed in the Albuquerque Regional. By the Post's projection, Wake's run to the Championship would go the following way:

1st Round: #1 Wake vs. #16 Lamar
2nd Round: #1 Wake vs. #8 Pitt/#9 Arizona State
Sweet 16: #1 Wake vs. #4 Texas/#13 W. Kentucky/#5 Iowa/#12 Nevada
Elite 8: #1 Wake vs. (most likely) #2 Washington OR #3 Gonzaga OR #6 West Virginia OR #7 Alabama OR #11 NC State

The other #1 seeds: Illinois, UNC, and Kansas

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Top 20 Games of 2005

Tim Kane of College Hoops Net previewed his top 20 games for 2005. Maryland's visit to Wake this Tuesday made the list at #6: "Like point guard play? Aren't too many better than Paul or Gilchrist." Interestingly, UNC-Wake on 1/15 didn't make the list, nor did either Wake-Duke or Wake-GT game. But we made the list, so I thought it deserved a mention.

http://www.collegehoopsnet.com/specials/050105.htm


ESPN Power 16 - Jan. 6

The January 6th edition of the Power 16 is up on ESPN.com. Wake remains the 4th #1 seed, joined by Illinois, UNC, and Kansas. Notable quote about the Deacs: "Is it possible for a team to go from overhyped to underhyped and never leave the top 7?"

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/powerranking?season=2005&week=8&pollId=1

On a related note, Dick Vitale still refuses to give Wake enough respect. Take a look at the "experts'" top 16 teams as of January 6th (linked below). Get with the program, Mr. Vitale! The rest of your colleagues have...

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=1960456


CBS Sportsline Player Rankings

As midseason rolls around, CBS Sportsline has put out their latest player rankings at center, forward, and guard:

http://www.sportsline.com/collegebasketball/playerrankings/regularseason/C?&_1:col_1=1

http://www.sportsline.com/collegebasketball/playerrankings/regularseason/F?&_1:col_1=1

http://www.sportsline.com/collegebasketball/playerrankings/regularseason/G?&_1:col_1=1


Granted, it's extremely difficult to rate players at each position when there are over 300 Division 1 teams to choose from. The writers apparently use a sophisticated formula to determine who the best players are, but have they actually sat down and watched many of these guys?

For example, Eric Williams of Wake is the 7th rated center, BEHIND #6 Dominick Martin from Yale. These two met head to head in November, with Williams scoring 15 points and grabbing 5 boards in only 19 minutes. Martin only managed 7 points, and picked up 4 personal fouls in his futile attempts to shut Williams down.

At Guard, Justin Gray (Wake), Quincy Douby (Rutgers), and Travis Diener (Marquette) are numbers 54-56, respectively. Yet all three of those players have a very good chance to be All-Conference, and possibly (in Diener and Gray's cases) All-American. J-Gray was first team All-ACC last year, and Diener is almost a lock to be first team All-CUSA. So why are they left out of the top 50 guards, behind such players as Fowzi Abdelsamad (ranked #49), the UC Davis guard who is averaging a blistering 0.7 assists per game; and Brian Hamilton from SW Louisiana (ranked #24) , who is averaging only 12.7 ppg and 1.9 apg.

In this case, math and basketball don't mix. CBS Sportsline needs to use a little common sense in their rankings. Or, if that's not possible, at least find a new formula.

Casualties of ACC Expansion

Enjoy the next week and a half, Wake Forest fans. ACC traditionalists, now is the time to air your grievances. Each of Wake's next three games will be one-and-done contests, as per the new schedule dictated by the league's expansion. Saturday (1/8), the Deacs travel to Clemson to face a team coming off a scrappy loss to Duke in what turned out to be an ugly game filled with turnovers and poor shooting. Tuesday (1/11), the first day of Spring Semester classes, the Maryland Terrapins come to town after their Saturday date with the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill.

And then there's Saturday, January 15th. ACC purists, this is the deepest wound of all. The Deacs and North Carolina have met twice each year since 1944. Unless the two teams meet in the ACC Tournament, they will only play once this year, at 1 PM in Winston-Salem. There seem to be no easy solutions. On one hand, the new schedule creates unfair advantages and disadvantages for some teams. Notably, for instance, NC State avoids the ever-dreaded quick trip down I-40 to Cameron Indoor. On the other hand, the ACC can't very well have a 20-game conference schedule (which would expand to 22 games next year). This would cut out meaningful non-conference games that can boost teams' RPIs (see: Wake at New Mexico) or provide easy wins (see: Mt. St. Mary's at Maryland). What we are left with in 2004-05, then, is a less than perfect ACC schedule.

So savor the next three games, Deacon faithful. If we see these teams again at all (and that's a big IF), it won't come until the second weekend in March.

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For more on the unbalanced schedule, check out this article from the Durham Herald-Sun: http://www.heraldsun.com/sports/18-561534.html

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

One Writer's Mid-Season Big Four Evaluation

The article linked below, by Andrew Jones of the Wilmington Star-News, discusses the state of North Carolina's "Big Four" as we near the halfway point in the season. (Can you believe it? November 15th - when Wake opened the season against GW - seems like yesterday, but March 13th, the day of the ACC Tournament Final, seems light years away!) Wake gets some love here, as Jones mentions the Deacs' run of seven straight wins since the Illinois loss as well as the strong play of Vytas Danelius against UVA.

http://www.wilmingtonstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050105/COLUMNIST30/50105004/-1/columnists

Polls - Week of 1/3/05

With previously 3rd ranked Oklahoma State's tough loss to Gonzaga in Oklahoma City, Wake was able to climb one more spot in both the Associated Press (#4) and ESPN/USA Today (#3) polls. In the ESPN poll, 6 ACC teams remain in the top 25, with UVA the only casualty from last week. The AP poll has only 5 ACC teams in their top 25, with both NC State and UVA dropping out after NC State lost to St. John's in New York City and to West Virginia in Raleigh. In both polls, 4 ACC teams (Wake Forest, North Carolina, Duke, and Georgia Tech) are in the top 10.

AP Poll:
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/rankings?poll=1&week=8

ESPN/USA Today Poll:
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/rankings?poll=2&week=8

1/2/05 - ACC Game #1; Wake Forest at UVA

The Beginning

Welcome to all Wake Forest and ACC basketball fans, as well as all you other college basketball die-hards out there. This site is your unofficial home for all news, notes, and opinions about Wake Forest Basketball. I hope you enjoy reading the blog, and continue to visit back regularly, as the blog will be updated often.

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