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Deacon Dump 12/29: Block party

It wasn't pretty (seems like I've been saying that a lot this year), but it counts as a W. And boy were there a lot of blocks. Al-Farouq Aminu had a huge day and that was great to see. Now we turn our sights to Richmond, who narrowly escaped UNC-Wilmington last night. Let's link it up.

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7) Wake Forest Demon Deacons (9-2, 1-0) Last week - 7 Wake Forest played one game this week, defeating NC Greensboro 75-60. Xavier will provide a good non-conference test this week.

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"We've just got to keep pushing him and showing him film and showing him some love when he gets out on the floor, to push him to play harder," Woodson said. While acknowledging Teague's scarce minutes of late, the coach said, "He's got to take what minutes he gets and turn them into more minutes by the way he plays and he's not doing that yet."

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In the first half, Wake Forest made only three shots that weren’t dunks or layups. There were seven dunks as the Demon Deacons staggered to a 31-24 edge. Aminu put together a 13-point, 12-rebound, three-block first half.

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"When their point guard’s going to block four shots, we’ve got a problem," UNC-Greensboro coach Mike Dement said.

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"I was surprised, with shot-blockers like Tim Duncan and Rodney Rogers," Aminu said. "But I guess we've got the superior shot-blocking of Ishmael Smith."

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While the girls and their mom were in the living room watching television, Gaudio sat at the dining room table watching tape of UNC Greensboro, Richmond and Xavier -- Wake Forest's next three opponents. "Every night my wife Maureen would ask if I wanted to watch a movie with them," Gaudio said. "You're home, but you're not there."