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Deacon Dump 12/1: Turning the page

The Deacs need to have a short memory in preparation for tonight's game against the Boilermakers. Hopefully they've addressed what they needed to and made the correct adjustments. They absolutely must bring their best game today.

WFU wary of Purdue defense
"They're really up and into you defensively," Gaudio said. "I think they do a great job on the defensive end of the floor."

No. 4 Purdue's prestige at stake | | Journal and Courier
"We will be up for this game," Grant said. "It's an important game. Just playing an elite team like Wake Forest is like playing in the NCAA tournament.

Purdue's focus on Wake Forest, not Challenge | | Journal and Courier
"We have to keep our focus on what we can control, which is our performance against Wake Forest," Painter said Monday. "Looking at it as whole, we would love to be able to win the Challenge, but we have to worry about Wake Forest, and that's it.

My Take on Wake - A Good Team Finishes Well |
"Unfortunately our record doesn’t show it, but we know we’re a pretty good football team,’’ senior Riley Skinner said. "We just didn’t make enough plays down the stretch. But for me, I know this is probably the most talented offense we’ve had at Wake since I’ve been here. "That hasn’t always factored into wins, but for me it’s been really fun to be around guys who are that talented to make that many plays. It’s made it a lot easier for me.’’

Wake's Grobe, 2 ex-Cavs aides cited as Groh successor | |
"Jim Grobe would be a great, great hire for them," Randle said. "He would be the answer. I don't think there's any question about that.... (Fellow analyst) Doc Walker said, 'Nobody in the league can touch him.' " Randle has said on numerous occasions, however, that he doesn't think Virginia can get Grobe, 57. - What to watch for in ACC-Big Ten Challenge
STUCK OUTSIDE This was supposed to be the week we learned a lot about Wake Forest's potential. The Demon Deacons play tonight at No. 4 Purdue, then follow with a Saturday trip to play at No. 17 Gonzaga. But perhaps we already learned a lot about Wake's weaknesses from Saturday's surprising 78-68 home loss to William & Mary. The biggest area of concern right now is the Deacons' shaky outside shooting, which was exposed when the Tribe applied a packed-in zone defense to disrupt Wake's inside attack. The Deacs wound up firing 36 3-point attempts and missing 26. (Star forward Al-Farouq Aminu was 0-for-7 from deep.) Wake is now shooting 29.9 percent from long range on the season (11th best in the ACC) and is one of only three conference teams that doesn't have a single player who has made 10 3s. The other two: North Carolina and N.C. State.

Stakes are high for Purdue in Big Ten-ACC Challenge | The News-Sentinel - Fort Wayne IN
"Aminu is the best guy we’ve faced this season," Painter said. "He might be the best guy we face all season. He’s a very unique guy with size and athleticism and skill. He has a great feel for the game. "They’re a very good team. They have experience and seniors and anytime you have a handful of guys who have been through the battle and been road tested, it will help. "They have a good balance of athleticism, size and experience. The big thing for me is they out-rebound opponents by 10. It’s very important that we do a good job on the glass."

Boilers will face Deacons" Evansville Courier & Press
Al-Farouq Aminu leads the Deacons in scoring, averaging 18.8 points per game, and rebounding, averaging 11.2 boards. He also ranks second in the ACC in both categories. Also scoring in double figures are Ishmael Smith and C.J. Harris, both of whom average 11.8 points. In addition, Smith has not committed a turnover in either of his last two games. He also is one of the best passers on the team, with 454 career assists. He is six assists out of sixth place on Wake Forest all-time assists list.

Freshman guard averaged 16.5 points per game last week

Tyler Lewis: More Than Meets the Eye | Memphis Roar
Great read on 2012 basketball recruit Tyler Lewis

Demon Deacons begin tough week filled with ranked opponents
Painter said the Boilermakers’ lofty ranking doesn’t mean anything so early in the season. "Right now being ranked … means you’ve won a couple key games, you had a good finish to last season and maybe you had a good recruiting class."

Wake Forest-Purdue Preview - Nov. 30, 2009 - NCAA Division I Mens Basketball -
Purdue limited the Chippewas - favorites to win the Mid-American Conference West Division - to five baskets in the first half, 13 for the game and 28.3 percent shooting. It matched the lowest point total allowed by Purdue in Painter's five seasons as coach. "Defense is what you hang your hat on," said Painter, whose team is trying for the program's first 6-0 start since 2003-04.

ACC players of the week - ACC Blog - ESPN
OFFENSIVE BACK: Riley Skinner, Wake Forest, QB, Sr., 6-1, 210, Jacksonville, Fla. (The Bolles School) Wake Forest senior quarterback Riley Skinner completed 28-of-38 passes for a career-high 372 yards and a school record five touchdown passes in the final game of his career, a 45-34 win at Duke. Skinner threw for scoring strikes of 28, 8, 54, 13, and 49 yards. His first two touchdown passes tied the game at 7-7 and 14-14, respectively, while his third gave the Demon Deacons the lead for good. Skinner finished the season with 3,160 passing yards, becoming the first Wake Forest quarterback to eclipse the 3,000-yard mark in school history, and finished his career in fourth place in league history with 9,762 passing yards and 9,923 yards of total offense. He is also seventh with 60 touchdown passes.

ESPN Winning central to dynamic duo's approach -ESPN Rise BOYSBASKETBALL
"That was definitely my breakout point," says Desrosiers, who averaged 13 points, 12 rebounds and 11 blocks in the postseason. "Every playoff game, I was just looking forward to it, my confidence was really high and we were clicking as a team." "He just took his game to another level," says Nault. "After that, everyone said he was going to be the next great player in Massachusetts, and he's just taken off since then. Every year he's come back and added something to his game to make him a better player."

FIFTH QUARTER: Still second-fiddle to the SEC – ACC Insider - Wilmington Star News - Wilmington, NC - Archive
2. Winning Wake: They won’t finish their careers by making their fourth straight bowl trip, but with a 45-34 win at Duke, 22 Wake Forest seniors earned their 33th career victory, making them the winningest class in school history.