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Deacon Dump 11/6: Talking Wake hoops, more GT predictions

Thanks to Jake for getting up a recap of the exhibition last night. For those of us who couldn't be there, it is great to have some hoops news to read about. Hopefully, he can get some good insight from his trip down to Atlanta for the game tomorrow too. Today we have some pretty basic links--Bulls have too many forwards but Del Negro wants to find minutes for James, Teague is getting high praise, more predictions for tomorrow's game, and a couple Dan Collins articles about the hardwood Deacs. Enjoy.

Deacons warm up outside
"I thought Chas played really well tonight," Coach Dino Gaudio said. "I thought he played like a senior. And you know what, he's so much more mature. We all know he missed practices last week, so I brought him off the bench. Instead of sitting there going, `Wow, I'm the only senior not out there,' he came in when he did and he did a great job. It was a really good performance by him and a really mature approach to this evening."

Bitter Memories - Deacons seeking to bounce back from last season's dismal ending
"We started off 16-0, No. 1 in the country," Williams said. "And then we lay an egg in the NCAA Tournament. It just like tore us to pieces when we knew we weren't going to be able to fulfill our dream. "All season long Coach (Dino) Gaudio talked about Final Four, Final Four, Final Four. And we don't even make the Final 32. It like killed us every day." Bumbling Blazers, the bat and a nod to Bill Walton's passion
The unique rise of Jeff Teague has led all the way to an immediate positive impact in Atlanta and an expanding role as backup point guard in the season in which the Hawks want to reduce Mike Bibby's workload to keep him fresh for the playoffs. Teague was set as the shooting guard at Wake Forest last season and took over the point only when incumbent Ishmael Smith broke his foot in September. That was an important development because Teague had no chance at making the pros as a 6-foot-1 ½ off guard. Instead, he took over the point, became a star, went 19th in the draft and quickly impressed with a mix of warp speed and an ability to play slowly in the pick-and-roll. "He's probably, by far, the best young point guard we've had who can come in and run a team," coach Mike Woodson said.

NCAA Football Betting: Georgia Tech vs. Wake Forest Odds
"This is just about the most unlucky football team I’ve ever coached". Those words from Jim Grobe sum up the season for Wake Forest, which could easily also be 8-1. They’ve lost 4 of their 5 games by 3 points or less! Their latest loss came by 1 point to Miami at home where they missed two field goals.

My Take on Wake - From Scales to Tate: A Wake Connection |
Coach Jim Grobe’s eyes light up when he talks about Tate, who has accomplished the rare feat of breaking into the substitution rotation as a first-year freshman. Tate picked off his second interception last Saturday against Miami. "I like that guy. He’s a player. He’s a football player,‘’ Grobe gushed. "There’s not anything about him right now that we don’t like.

Tackling remains a focal point in Georgia Tech practices - Sports -
After Georgia Tech officials learned of Wake Forest’s decision, they were forced to dig around for their own team’s dark alternate pants and tops — combinations that have hardly been used. Only once in the past two seasons — since Russell Athletic designed new Yellow Jackets uniforms — has the team worn a dark-colored jersey. It came during last December’s Chick-fil-A Bowl loss to LSU. Opting to buck national trends and wear all white for home games, the Yellow Jackets have not appeared in any other color during a regular-season game since Johnson took over the program.

Weekend Predictions: Falcons win and Dogs ... party? | Jeff Schultz
Wake Forest at Georgia Tech: The Jackets keep rolling with their we’ll-make-you-cry-and-leave-the-light-on-when-you-go-to-bed offense. Wake’s only ACC wins this season have come over Maryland (1-3) and N.C. State (0-4). The Jackets have outscored them by 101 (317-216). Uncle. The 16 is covered.

Tyrus Thomas makes trip to Cleveland --
Rookie rotation: Del Negro said he's searching for spot minutes for first-round pick James Johnson, who has played just 11 in the blowout loss at Boston all season. "The small and power forward minutes are where we're most full right now," Del Negro said.

Despite last season's success, Deacons have bigger goals Wanting More
The best season for Wake Forest women's basketball in a long, long time wasn't good enough for Coach Mike Petersen. The Deacons climbed out of the ACC cellar to win more games (19) than they had in the past 20 years, more ACC games (5) than they had