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Deacon Dump 1/19: Down Tobacco Road

I'm back in town after a trip to Boston. Mad props to Jake for holding the fort and giving us some great stuff. There isn't time to breathe though, as we turn around with UNC waiting on Wednesday. So here are some killer links for today to snack on.

Change in defenses does the trick :: High Schools :: YourSeason
I asked Boatright what schools are in contact with him. "Kentucky, Tennessee, Miami and Wake Forest," he said. While he didn't give me any indication of where he was leaning, he did reveal his timetable for making a decision. "I want to be done by the end of the summer," said Boatright. "I want to be able to focus on my senior season."

Plenty of pain, but Demon Deacons are hurting more | deacons, demon, hurting - Sports - Burlington Times News
"My play was poor," Wake Forest’s Smith said. "I’m more mad about things I personally did. … It doesn’t feel like a 20-point loss. But a loss is a loss."

Tar Heels face crisis of confidence | face, bodycopy, heels - ACC Basketball - Burlington Times News
"I don’t like losing, but I think getting hit in the mouth is kind of good for us," said Graves, whose 24 points nearly helped the Tar Heels pull off a comeback victory against Georgia Tech. "It’s early and we should bounce back quickly."

Landesberg lifts UVa | Charlottesville Daily Progress
"I don’t think we took them for granted," said Virginia coach Tony Bennett, whose team plays at Wake Forest on Saturday, "but from here on out, there’s nobody to take for granted, so that’s a moot point.

All-Decade Boys Basketball Team: Kid Carson -, North Andover, MA
Then came The Eagle-Tribune's Player of the Decade, Carson Desrosiers, to raise the stakes. Desrosiers' impact may not truly be appreciated until he's done knocking down three-pointers and swatting away the weak stuff. The folks on Hampshire Street understand exactly what he's meant to the school and the program. Desrosiers, a surefire three-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star and two-time All-Scholastic, has meant victories, packed houses and a new chapter to a program steeped in tradition. Marshall Makes A Play For Sullivan
After his visit to Marshall, the Thundering Herd and Demon Deacons both still have a shot for the quarterback’s services. "Now, it is up in the air," he said. "I do not want to be grey shirted. That is 100% for sure. I feel as if I should be up this summer out there with the guys getting ready."

ACC Basketball Coaches Worry if the Game is Getting Too Physical > Buster Sports
"On both sides right now, our kids and their kids, this is like a football game, I think Coach (Roy) Williams (said) a couple weeks ago, the game is getting incredibly physical. It's unbelievable. And like I said, my kids and the other team as well. I'm not saying Mike's (Krzyzewski) kids. The game is just so physical anymore (sic), it's unbelievable. I don't know - I've seen a couple NBA games, and I don't know if it's that physical in The League."

UNC's Davis, Drew miss practice because of injuries
Center Ed Davis and point guard Larry Drew of North Carolina did not practice yesterday because of injuries, and their status for Wednesday's home game against Wake Forest is uncertain.

Woodson says Teague must wait behind vets  |
Mike Woodson believes point guard Jeff Teague will run the Hawks one day.  It’s just not going to happen on this team, at this time. "I don’t have to rush Teague," Woodson said. "I’ve got confidence in Teague. But [Mike] Bibby and Jamal [Crawford] have carried the load at the [point].

Beyond the Arc - ACC basketball is starting to resemble ACC football | | Star News | Wilmington, NC
5. Physical play: Something needs to be done about how physical the game has become and it needs to be done soon, before somebody gets seriously hurt. Sunday's Duke-Wake Forest game was so brutal, Deacons coach Dino Gaudio described it as "a football game."

SB Nation Bracketology: UNC, UConn Among Falling Powerhouse Programs - SB Nation
Wake Forest jumped up from a 12 to a 9, even though they did lose at Duke Sunday. Tuesday's OT win over Maryland helped, but so did the arrival of Richmond and Xavier in this week's projection, even if Miami departed. (More on them in a bit.) That boosted the Demon Deacons' overall profile.

My Take on Wake - To Beat Duke, Deacons Needed More From More |
"You can intimidate shooters in a couple of ways when they get into the paint,‘’ Coach Dino Gaudio said afterward. "You can intimidate them with shot blockers or you can intimidate them with guys taking charges—and I think Duke does the latter. You’ve got to be cognizant of that. "We drilled that, pulling up, and we had a little walk-on standing in the lane at practice. But you’ve got to be able to go in there and pull up.‘’