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Deacon Dump 1/11: Addressing what needs to be addressed

Reflecting on the loss, sure there were things that stuck out, but overall...will we really be looking back and thinking about this as a "bad" loss? No. This is miles away from the losses @GT and @State last year. Those were bad losses. Saturday's game (outside of a lack of production out of the bigs) was not a matter of Wake playing poorly. They were in a position to win on the road against a team with one loss ranked 24th in the Pomeroy. They were a rebound away, one tip in away, one or two questionable charge calls away, one shot hitting the back iron instead of the net away. That's the ACC. I'll go into this in more detail later on, but until then, here are the links.

Bracketology 101: Bracketology 101's Field of 65 - Jan. 11
ACC - Duke, North Carolina, Clemson, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Miami (FL)

Around the Horn with ... Tripp Doherty, St. John's Prep basketball -, North Andover, MA
Who is going to win Feb. 17, St. John's or Central? That's the big debate Carson (Desrosiers, the Central great headed to Wake Forest) and I have every time. He's my best friend. He was on the New Hampshire Knicks and I was on the Rivals (AAU team). He finally came over to the good guys freshman year. We've been close ever since. Do you have any college plans? I'm not sure Wake needs a slow, white shooter! I'd be happy to be a package deal with Carson. My first choice is Boston College. My grandfather went there and my sister is there. That and Villanova.

Major League Soccer: News: Draft dreams for roommates Bone, Opara
"I developed big-time," Opara said as he reflected how he established himself as a pro prospect. "Going into (college), no one knew who I really was and I didn't know who I could really be as a player. (Wake Forest coach Jay Vidovich) helped me to see that and he taught me all about the game. I'm definitely grateful for that."

Duke women defeat Wake Forest | forest, bodycopy, wake - Sports - Burlington Times News
Senior Bridgette Mitchell matched a career high with 20 points to lead ninth-ranked Duke to a 65-51 victory against Wake Forest in Atlantic Coast Conference women’s basketball Sunday afternoon at Cameron Indoor Stadium. A 19-0 spurt for Duke was Wake Forest’s undoing. "For 28 minutes we played pretty well, and for 12 minutes we looked like we had never met one another," Wake Forest coach Mike Petersen said.

Major League Soccer: News: Combine notes: Not holding back
"Consistency is a pretty big deal," Wake Forest midfielder Corben Bone said. "You have three games to show yourself. One of the big things with me is being consistent with playing both sides of the ball, starting with my defense. I want to make the players around me better, play one- and two-touch and get involved early."

Da Luz signs deal to play pro soccer
Austin da Luz, a former Wake Forest men's soccer standout, has signed a professional contract with Major League Soccer, becoming one of just five college seniors to sign pre-draft deals with the MLS. Da Luz is among a group of Wake Forest players expected to be selected in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. in Philadelphia. The draft will be aired live on ESPN2.

My Take on Wake - Hurricanes Come Up With Ball, Victory |
"No other team in the ACC starts that way—with two games in three days,‘’ Williams told Jeff Barker of the Baltimore Sun. "The thing you want is a level playing field.‘’

One Cold Night
Gaudio pointed out that while Collins was terrific, it was a lack of boxing out on key defensive rebounds that was the Deacons' biggest downfall. Twice in the second half in a span of about a minute, the Deacons failed to box out on free throws and the Hurricanes took advantage. "I thought this game came down to three possessions," Gaudio said. "Twice we do not box out on the free-throw line and they get five points … The last possession, on their final field goal, the ball was right there for the taking and we didn't come up with it."

Sporting News Today - Riley Skinner article