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Deacon Dump 12/7: Recapping the weekend

What a sports weekend, eh? Championship games were all we could have hoped for, we got some great basketball games and oh, did anyone happen to see what the Deacs did on Saturday? I had a rough Thursday and Friday, but I'm getting back on my feet, so you should see some good stuff this week. Enjoy.

Bonus: Deacs' trip came with parting gifts
And as for those who predicted doom and gloom based on the Deacons' first six games of the season? "I'll bet they're not saying that anymore," freshman C.J. Harris said.

NBA Draft Guru: 2010 NBA Mock Draft (Both Rounds)
6. Golden State - Al-Farouq Aminu (6’9’’, SF, Wake Forest, Soph.) " The Fundamentals
"Jeff Teague remembered it as a summons. The Hawks rookie was back in the locker room, sans sneakers after this particular training camp practice. He had done his extra shooting work and had called it a day. Mike Bibby had other ideas. ‘He shoots a lot, that’s his thing — he shoots a lot of jump shots,’ Teague said of the veteran who shares his position. ‘I had taken off my shoes, I was ready to go home and take a shower. One of our guys came back in there and said, ‘Mike wants you to come out there and shoot with him. It’s not time for you to leave. You don’t leave until Mike leaves.’‘ Teague hasn’t had to be told again. With his 11 years of point guard experience, Bibby has taken the 19th pick out of Wake Forest under his wing. … Teague has adopted Bibby’s post-practice shooting routine. Working with assistant Jim Todd, Teague has to nail 100 mid-range jumpers — 10 spots and 10 shots. He also has to make three straight 3-pointers from five different points around the arc. The latter has proven the most challenging, but Teague sees the results. ‘This is my craft and I want to be the best at it,’ said Teague, a third-team All-American last season in his second and final year with the Demon Deacons." | Blogs | SportsLink | Day after Wake Forest
"They beat us to a lot of balls," Few said. "They ended up with 16 offensive rebounds. That’s way too many. We talked about it all week. We didn’t do a good job of knocking them back and they were just quicker to the ball. Eventually that was what got them extra possessions down the stretch."

My Take on Wake - Dino Makes All the Right Moves |
"If it was a little more time, we wouldn’t have fouled,’’ Gaudio said. "But it was so close, I said `Foul at midcourt,’ so they wouldn’t have a chance to do something crazy and throw it in.’’ "With the time the way it was, around five seconds, I thought it would be good to foul because there wasn’t much time. Even if they did foul us, like they did, there’s no more time for them to really get a shot off. "If there’s 10 or 12 seconds left, I’m not going to.‘’

Wake Beats UCLA, Advances To NCAA Soccer Final Four |
Video of Wake's goals in the soccer Elite Eight

College basketball: Demon Deacons hold off Gonzaga" The Commercial Appeal
"My feeling is I did nothing wrong," said Harris, who came in averaging 14 points and 8 rebounds a game. Harris said he and Wake Forest's Chas McFarland were struggling for rebound position on C.J. Harris' missed 3-pointer. "I put one hand on his chest and went for the rebound and he fell," Elias Harris said. "I didn't know what happened." | Blogs | SportsLink | Zags lose Harris, game
"We don’t want to shoot too many 3s," said coach Dino Gaudio, whose club launched 36 3s in a loss to William & Mary. "I don’t even know if I’m comfortable with us shooting 15 3s, but we had the right guys shooting them."

Wake Forest nips No. 17 Gonzaga
Coach Dino Gaudio called timeout to set up the play, which surprised even Smith, a senior point guard who overcame his 4-for-12 accuracy from the floor by pulling down a team-high nine rebounds and dishing out eight assists. Smith received the inbound pass from L.D. Williams and laid the ball up for Aminu breaking down the left side of the lane. "That was a huge play," Smith said. "We've been working on that play. We call it New Orleans. We executed it to the T. "Coach called a great timeout. I thought we were going to go flat and just let me create something. Coach pulled it out and got us a good bucket, and that ended up being a huge bucket."