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Deacon Dump 12/23: Dino on conference play, Marcus Tracy gets the call

Hey guys. Short and sweet today--a few links, including Marquis Teague's impressions on John Calipari, the great news that Marcus Tracy is moving on up and an interesting discussion on ACC scheduling from ACC Sports Journal. Enjoy.

UK recruit Teague not moved by Calipari criticism | 2K Sports Presents High School Hoop Powered by Dime
"I’ve never looked at Coach Cal negatively," said Teague, whose older brother Jeff Teague plays for the Atlanta Hawks. "I just look at him as a great coach who sends his players to the NBA. There’s nothing negative about him in my eyes."

Madness looms as coaches consider expansion | Salisbury, NC - Salisbury Post
Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio argues that the growing number of teams, as well as the drop to 13 scholarships, has led to more parity across the board, so "why exclude one of those teams on the bubble?" He also cites the sixth-seeded N.C. State team that won the title in 1983 and the eighth-seeded Villanova squad that won it in 1985 as great stories that emerged because the tournament has grown over the years. "If they expand the field, it could be the same thing...another story like that," Gaudio said.

Sports Briefs: Marcus Tracy Update
Midfielder Benny Feilhaber and goalkeeper Troy Perkins are among five U.S. soccer players based in Scandinavia who have been invited to a training camp next month ahead of a World Cup warm-up against Honduras on Jan. 23. Marcus Tracy, a former Wake Forest star, also received an invitation and will be one of seven players at his first national-team camp, which will open Jan. 4 in Carson, Calif. Tracy now plays professionally in Denmark.

Rookie blues for Denver CB - Salt Lake Tribune
While Carter's play in his first NFL game was a pleasant surprise, it was yet another reminder of the struggles of another Denver rookie cornerback, Alphonso Smith, the No. 37 overall pick in the April draft. The Broncos liked Smith so much, they traded their 2010 first-round pick to Seattle to get him. But Smith has played sparingly and twice been passed over.

Jacobs: Too Early
Gaudio looks first at the opponent’s field goal and 3-point percentages following a game. Recall that, upon taking over the program in 2007-08 in the wake of Skip Prosser’s death, Gaudio vowed to improve an admittedly weak defense. Last year the Deacs were third in the ACC in field goal percentage defense and led in suppressing opponents’ 3-point shooting. This year they’re similarly situated, led by Williams and interior stalwart David Weaver, an unsung senior.

Philly squad in 'Iolani final - Hawaii Sports -
They got that blessing and more. Neumann-Goretti (Pa.) rode 29 points from Tony Chennault and 22 by Tyreek Duran for a 72-65 upset of Montrose Christian (Md.) last night in the semifinals of the 'Iolani Classic.