Deacon Dump 3/8: Deacs to play Miami again, should get their dancing shoes ready

Huge win last night. Sure, it was Senior Night. Yeah, Clemson hasn't won in Winston-Salem in forever. That notwithstanding, the Deacs beat an NCAA Tournament team to stop a four game skid and showed a lot of poise doing it. They're assuredly in the tournament now and have a pretty strong resume honestly. So we've got some good links for you recapping the action.

My Take on Wake - Deacon Offense Back Up and Running | JournalNow.com
He declined, in effect, to comment on any problems Wake might be having in the half-court offense, but did say that pressing a player as fast as Ish Smith could be problematic. He also said that, apprehension or no apprehension, Clemson is going to press on defense. "There’s always apprehension,‘’ Purnell said. "But that’s what you do.‘’

'The Young & The Restless' Star in Town for WFU Game | digtriad.com | Triad, NC | Watercooler News Article
During his first visit to Winston-Salem, the 68-year-old star will support the Demon Deacons at the Wake Forest men's basketball game against Clemson University tonight at the Joel Coliseum. "Are you a Wake fan?" asked McCain, "Well I am tonight," said Braeden. "I'm in town to watch it with a huge Wake Forest fan."

What a relief: Wake Forest drops Clemson in regular-season finale to stop losing skid | stop, regular, clemson - ACC Basketball - Burlington Times News
The sleepless nights had piled up with the losses. So with victory secure and only fractions of a second remaining, Ishmael Smith took the game’s final inbounds pass and emphatically spiked the basketball, as if he had just scored a spectacular touchdown. "Oh, man, it was a relief," the Wake Forest guard said, exhaling for emphasis. "That’s what that was. All those nights I tossed and turned thinking about all those games we lost, we needed this one so bad."

Deacons end skid: Senior Night brings burst of confidence
Aminu said he, for one, was happy to see the Tigers' willingness to run. "That's the game I like," Aminu said. "When I saw the first one go through the hoop, it felt good. It had been awhile since I scored. After that I was playing normal again. "I just became frustrated and stuff. I think the losing got to me and things like that. (Yesterday) I just came out with a clear mind. It was Senior Night and I just wanted to play so hard for them. I didn't worry about myself. Once I made my first bucket, everything just came naturally."

TigerNet.com -- Basketball News -- Tigers fall to Deacons, slip to the sixth seed in ACC Tournamnent
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. –The Clemson Tigers needed a big win on the road Sunday night to ensure a Thursday bye when the ACC Tournament starts this week, but Demon Deacon senior Ishmael Smith scored 17 points and dished out seven assists to lead Wake Forest to a 70-65 win over the Tigers during Senior Night in Joel Coliseum - the Deacons' 18th consecutive home win over the Tigers.

The Associated Press: Wake Forest beats Clemson at home again, 70-65
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Al-Farouq Aminu broke out of his slump with 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Wake Forest continued its home dominance of Clemson in a 70-65 victory on Sunday that cost the Tigers' a first-round bye in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Wake Forest snaps four-game skid with win over Clemson - CharlotteObserver.com
WINSTON-SALEM - Ish Smith couldn't sleep Saturday night. There was a lot on his mind entering his final home game as a Wake Forest basketball player - a slew of memories over four years; the death of his former coach, Skip Prosser, in 2007; and more immediate, the Deacons' four-game losing streak. He can rest a little easier now.

Lake Norman wins, advances to state title game - CharlotteObserver.com
West Charlotte (22-10) was denied its first trip to the state finals in 11 seasons. J.T. Terrell scored a game-high 27 points. He made 7-of-13 field goals and scored 22 points in an electric first half. He shot 1-for-9 in the second half as his teammates didn't look to him as much. After his team took a 49-34 lead early in the third quarter, Terrell took just three shots for the remainder of regulation.

Basketball books coaches love : News-Record.com : Greensboro & the Triad's most trusted source for local news and analysis
Dino Gaudio, Wake Forest men: "Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich" by Mark Kriegel. Gaudio "grew up as a fan of Maravich.

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