Deacon Dump 3/5: Desrosiers at the Garden tonight, Aminu looking for answers

Happy Friday.  Currently, the Lady Deacs are looking strong and hold a 10 point lead over the 4th seeded Yellow Jackets.  Hopefully they can hold on.  We have a variety of stuff for you today, including some bubble talk and the usual recruiting tidbits.  If you are in the area on Saturday, make sure you go check out J.T. Terrell in the regional finals at the Greensboro Coliseum at 6:00.  They will be playing Lake Norman for the 4th time this season.

Enjoy.

Slump a mystery for Aminu Scoring plummets for Wake Forest star, and Deacs have lost four straight By Dan Collins
"What Coach tried to do was put him at (wing forward) and have him come out and try to shoot the ball," Ish Smith said. "Coach put an offense in where he was looking for me and L.D. (Williams) and Farouq to drive the basketball. "We were putting it in there, but obviously it's up to me as the point guard to get him some touches." Smith also gave credit to Florida State, which shut down the Deacons with a confounding 1-2-2 zone. "It was the zone," Smith said. "The zone was trying to take away our break, keep me out of the lane and keep Farouq off the offensive (boards) and doing what he does best -- as far as driving and slashing and hitting his little pull-ups."

Beating nemesis Central the next step for St. John's Prep - SalemNews.com, Salem, MA
However, they'd rather tell their grandchildren that they extended the season by beating 23-1 Central Catholic at the Garden. St. John's Prep will get the chance to do that in the Division 1 North final tonight (7:45 p.m.) on the parquet floor. Of course, you go inside against Central Catholic at your own peril. Desrosiers has no peer as a finesse shotblocker. He has no interest in slugging the ball into the 20th row of the stands; instead, Desrosiers has a knack for keeping the ball in play when he swats a shot and he uses his body exceptionally well, usually staying out of foul trouble. (!!!!!)

Ex-Cummings star Terrell helps knock off Dudley boys | - Burlington Times News
Earlier, Terrell’s 3-pointer from outside the top of the key tied the game at 63-63 with 1:44 remaining. It came following a sequence in which Terrell battled for an offensive rebound and the ball went out of bounds. Officials awarded the ball to the Lions, outraging the Greensboro Dudley crowd. Hairston was in tears as he left the court. Greensboro Dudley finished with a 22-7 record. (BSD Note: Hopefully not the last time that JTT makes Hairston cry)

Kevin Burke's Upon Further Review: ACC Tournament Seeding Scenarios and Projections
Obviously the most pivotal games are Virginia Tech/Georgia Tech and Clemson/Wake Forest. Currently, the Seminoles, Tigers and Hokies are tied for third, with the Demon Deacons sitting one game back, and the Yellow Jackets one game behind them. Here's the seeding scenarios for every team in the ACC, in their current standings order:

For many teams, more work left to do - The Boston Globe
Wake Forest seemed a lock only a few games ago. But following a loss to FSU Wednesday - the Deacons’ fourth straight defeat - who knows?

Ex-Cummings star Terrell helps knock off Dudley boys | - Burlington Times News
Earlier, Terrell’s 3-pointer from outside the top of the key tied the game at 63-63 with 1:44 remaining. It came following a sequence in which Terrell battled for an offensive rebound and the ball went out of bounds. Officials awarded the ball to the Lions, outraging the Greensboro Dudley crowd. Hairston was in tears as he left the court. Greensboro Dudley finished with a 22-7 record. (BSD Note: Hopefully not the last time that JTT makes Hairston cry)

Scout.com: Scott’s exploring options
Wake Forest: "I have talked to Coach [Brian] Knorr about them, but that is about it. We talked about their program, them offering me, and things like that. He seemed like a cool coach."

Deacons women win in overtime
"They just kind of grind and don't give up and just keep playing hard, and I thought we did that today," Petersen said of the Deacons. "When we win, it's usually not real pretty, but we're more interested in being good than looking good." "In 30 years, I've never coached a better on-ball defensive player than Courteney Morris," Petersen said. "That kid has taken 28 charges this year by herself. I would guess that's more than every team in our league. And at the end of the game, she was on the ball, and that was the biggest difference."

Thursday at the ACC Tournament will have Big Four feel - College - NewsObserver.com
Wake Forest (8-7) has the biggest variation of the in-state teams. The Deacs host Clemson (9-6) on Sunday. Wake can still earn the No. 5 seed or could drop to the No. 7 seed with the wrong combination of results. If you just go by the favorites winning — Wake at home over Clemson, Georgia Tech at home over Virginia Tech, FSU over an awful Miami team, Duke at home over UNC — that would result in the No. 5 seed for Wake and a first-round matchup with Miami. If Wake loses (with FSU and VT wins), the Deacs go to No. 6 and would face N.C. State in the first round. If Wake loses (with an FSU win and VT loss), the Deacs fall to No. 7 and would face UNC.

Making a move for the Big Dance - Beyond the Arc - msnbc.com
Oklahoma State, Texas, Cal, Georgia Tech, UTEP and Florida State are all in good shape to make the NCAAs, but could still stand another win or two. All of them are somewhere in the 6-10 range for seeds and have games that would either maintain their position or help a bit. Victories would let them enter their conference tournaments next week relaxed and without any added pressure to produce. That situation even applies to three games – Clemson at Wake Forest, Texas at Baylor and Notre Dame at Marquette. All six teams are in excellent position to make the tournament, while wins would only help. A loss isn’t so bad, either. It might drop them a spot, at worst.

Scout.com: N.C. 4A Western Semifinals
One of the biggest adjustments for high school players in college is knowing when (and where) to shoot from. Guys like Hairston and Terrell are excellent shooters with the green light for their teams. Both have game off the dribble and both are susceptible to settling for 3s. In Hairston’s case, he’s comfortable in the post and that will be an area he exploits. With Terrell, he’s got game with the mid-range pull and that’s a spot he can achieve. …

Bubble Trouble Finds Wake Forest, ACC -- NCAABB FanHouse
For the rest of the world, February is the shortest month and the only month with fewer than 30 days. For Wake Forest head coach Dino Gaudio, it can be the longest, most grueling month of the year.

New York: As usual, don't count out Mount Vernon - MaxPreps News
Junior standout Jabarie Hinds led the way with 26 points in the final, rattling off 10 points during a decisive 17-4 run to end the first half. Senior forward Brandon White, who missed the stretch run last season with a knee injury that required surgery, added 14 points and 20 rebounds.

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