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Deacon Dump 10/26: ACC Predictions abound

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The one nice thing about ACC predictions coming out when they did is that it allows us to talk about something else aside from the Navy loss, which I'm just going to pretend never happened. The loss is there, glaringly, but I'll just chicken little it for awhile.

Coach K has no designs on stepping down anytime soon -
Anyone believing that Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski might be contemplating stepping down anytime soon now that he's coached an Olympic gold-medal winning team can put the thought to rest.

Coming up: Extended Interview: Dino Gaudio -
Gaudio says it will feel good to coach a group of experiences seniors this year, something he hasn't had the luxury of doing since he took over the Wake Forest job.

UNC, Duke co-favorites to win ACC | Charlottesville Daily Progress
Wake Forest guard Ishmael Smith spoke glowingly of Bennett and his style of defense. It just so happens to be the same system that the Demon Deacons employ. Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio picked it up from Bennett’s father, the former Wisconsin and Washington State coach. "I think [the addition of Bennett] automatically makes them a great defensive team," Smith said. "It does wonders. "And they have good players. Sylven Landesberg is a heckuva player. I think they’ll be a really good team because it’s not like they were getting blown out last year. We had a tough [game in Charlottesville]."

2009-10 Team Previews: Wake Forest Demon Deacons - The Slipper Still Fits
There's no doubt that Aminu and Co. can make up for the lost production, but in the always competitive ACC, their game with Gonzaga could be huge for them in dictating their NCAA future.

Eastern conference -
This team is built for speed, which makes rookie Jeff Teague (Wake Forest) a fine addition. He can push the ball as a point guard in the fashion that exploits the rest of the roster.

Duke, UNC preseason ACC picks
"I learned a lot; I think our team learned a lot," Smith said. "When we were No. 1 in the country, I don't want to say we got complacent but we were only No. 1 for a week. So maybe there was a little complacency. It's not easy to become No. 1, but the hardest thing is staying there. "Hopefully as a team we don't change too much. We're going to stay a fast team. We're going to push the basketball up and down the floor. Instead of Jeff and James having the basketball and creating, we're going to have more of a team. We're trying to have four or five guys score in double figures."

Navy slips and slides past Wake Forest, 13-10 -
"It makes it tough on for an offense when a lot of your game plan was based around the throw," Skinner said. "But you can’t use that as an excuse for why the offense didn’t play well. We just didn’t respond to adversity as well as they did."

Penalties, run defense doom Deacons at Navy : : Greensboro & the Triad's most trusted source for local news and analysis
"It was tough," said Demon Deacons coach Jim Grobe. "The conditions were really, really hard to throw the football, not only throw it but catch it. It looked like a pretty good Skinner setup (for a fourth-quarter comeback), but the conditions were really rough."

News - Potomac Soccerwire
The No. 5 Maryland men's soccer team lost a hard-fought battle at No. 3 Wake Forest, 1-0, on Saturday night at Spry Stadium. Wake Forest's only goal came courtesy of a penalty kick at 5:32. Demon Deacon midfielder Luke Norman was taken down inside the box, setting up the penalty kick for Wake's top scorer Zack Schilawski. Schilawski then connected on the kick to give Wake the early lead. It is the first penalty kick Maryland has surrendered in the 2009 season.

Wake Forest Holds Annual Black & Gold Game
Sophomores Al-Farouq Aminu and Tony Woods led the Demon Deacons on the day. Aminu, who has been named a Preseason All-American by multiple publications, scored 13 points and pulled down eight rebounds. He went 6-for-14 from the field, incuding 2-for-3 from three-point range, and also added two blocks.

Duke, North Carolina share the top spot in ACC men's basketball preseason ranking -
"Last year, it was Carolina and everybody else," Wake Forest guard Ishmael Smith said. "And they proved it. They went out there and won a national championship. As far as this year, it's kind of like going in there and picking candy out of a bag." - News and notes from ACC Operation Basketball
Said Smith: "People had us going to the Final Four. I think the one lesson we can learn is never settle. When we got to No. 1 in the country, I don't know if we settled or what. . I think when you're climbing that ladder, you're focused on getting to the top. But then once you're there, I think the human mind allows you to relax and now maybe you get cockiness over confidence."