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Deacon Dump 1/21: Savoring a victory over the baby blue

Phew. In a pivotal game last night, Wake really showed me something. Not just by beating a depleted and defeated UNC squad, but in how they did it. They didn't let up, they got big games from a number of players and they straight looked like they were having fun. Now that's what I like to see. And I actually predicted something right for once too! So let's hit up some links, shall we?

Scout.com: Catching Up With Quinn Cook
Even though he his unable to take any official visits until his senior year, he did say he has taken unofficial visits to, "North Carolina, Georgetown, Villanova, and Wake Forest." He continued to say, "I have no favorites at this point, and I am just taking everything one day at a time." Nevertheless, he hopes to make a decision before his senior season starts.

Reeling Heels getting outworked - North Carolina - NewsObserver.com
"They missed not having Davis, that’s obvious. But at the same time, we came in here determined to make the best of this opportunity," McFarland said. "They’re still a big team and this is never an easy place to play. We knew we had to make a stand. "

Deacons dominate Tar Heels - North Carolina - NewsObserver.com
Three weeks into the heart of the ACC season, Wake Forest looks like a contender to make it its second straight NCAA tournament. No. 24 North Carolina, however, already is slipping ever closer toward the bubble.

High school notes: Slamfest offers Benedictine vs. John Marshall | Richmond Times-Dispatch
Slamfest organizer Thomas Leachman has billed the game as the River City Battle for Bragging Rights. John Marshall features Wake Forest bound Travis McKie, last season's T-D player of the year. College recruiters have their attention on Benedictine junior Michael Gbinije, who leads the Cadets in scoring. Trey Davis, another Cadets' junior, also is drawing looks from the next level.

Wake continues Heels' struggles | wake, chapel, continues - Sports - Gaston Gazette
"Before the game, coach (Jeff Battle) told us ‘North Carolina has to win this game," said Wake Forest freshman Ari Stewart. "He said ‘We are going to win this game.’"

Fantastic freshmen
Stewart said that the old conceptions about the Wake Forest's shooting ability don't apply any longer, even though the Deacons entered the game ranked 10th in the ACC in field-goal percentage and 11th in 3-point percentage. "We work on our shot every day, C.J. and I, before practice, after practice," Stewart said. "We're best friends. We work on our shot every day all day.... We're going to make shots. All that ‘Wake can't shoot,' -- we can shoot now. We'll be able to knock down shots."

Deacons putting it together; Heels scratch heads
Stewart replayed the episode: "Coach Gaudio told us we can take the name off their jerseys, and we can beat those guys by 15 points. Those were his exact words." The message needed little translation then, and it required little elaboration later. Just as Georgia Tech did last Saturday, Wake Forest put better players on the floor and made better plays, shooting 50 percent overall and hitting 9 of 16 3-point attempts.

Scout.com: Around The Nation: Jan. 20
The double-teams didn’t faze Travis McKie. He lad the John Marshall Judges to a 16-point win over Mills Godwin. McKie hit for 23 points, missed only four shots and pulled down 9 boards. "Kids are watching," McKie told the Richmond Times Dispatch. "You can't play good if you're mad. You have to play happy."