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Deacon Dump 2/15: Deacs finally ranked

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Happy President's Day.  While Mr. Rickman is making the long drive from Winston back home to Cleveland, I'll link you up.  We have several recruiting links for you today as our commits head into state playoffs this week as well as plenty of content on the strong play of our current Deacs lately.  Enjoy and don't worry, ACC Power Rankings will certainly be on tap for Tuesday.

Kuiper’s 3-Pointer: Wake-Georgia Tech Articles
1) Wake’s offensive style of play: I like how Dino Gaudio allows his players the freedom to make plays. Of course, it is a little easier when you have players like Ishmael Smith and Aminu. Once in a while Wake plays a little out of control, taking bad shots and forcing passes. That will happen when you play up-tempo, but that style also puts pressure on the opponent’s defense. If the Demon Deacons continue to play unselfishly, as they did on Saturday night, they will be tough to beat. I wonder if Wake will see more zone in the future? Smith causes such havoc with his penetration, teams may turn to zone to try to combat him. Plus, I don’t think Wake is a great perimeter shooting team.

My Take on Wake - Deacons’ Cover Blown |
Unlike Prosser, who in his constant quest to force tempo extended his defense and preyed on passing lanes, Odom built a wall around the basket, baseline out. I never heard him call it a Pack Line defense, the term that has been attached to the defense Wake now plays, but the core principals and concepts are at the very least similar. This team isn’t pretty. Most of Odom’s teams weren’t pretty. At the risk of repeating myself, teams built on defense and rebounding—the kind that win by holding the opponent to no field goals in the final 8:50 and without any points over 13 of the final 14 possessions, as the Deacons did tonight—rarely are.

ACC Hoops Power Rankings, Feb. 15 Articles
2. Wake Forest (18-5, 8-3) The Demon Deacons have learned the art of grinding out wins in league play. The Deacs have beaten four straight ACC teams, with each of those victories coming by single digits. Previous Rank: 2 Schedule this week: Tuesday at Virginia Tech, Saturday at N.C. State

Wake Forest cracks AP Top 25
Wake Forest, coming off an 11-point win over Georgia Tech on Saturday, broke into The Associated Press basketball poll Monday for the first time this season. The Deacons came in at No. 23 in the weekly media poll with 286 points, joining other newcomers Texas A&M (No. 24) and Richmond (No. 25).

Observer All-Conference Teams -
First Team: Braxton Ogbueze, Vance; Paul Larsen, Lake Norman; J.T. Terrell, West Charlotte; DeMon Brooks, Hopewell; Jordan Downing, Hopewell

Deacs 75 Ga Tech 64 - Photos by Bob Hebert

College Basketball Rankings - ESPN
Deacs 23 in AP, 25 in ESPN/USA Today

Watch out for the Demon Deacs - Mike DeCourcy - College Basketball - Sporting News
Wake Forest is underrated. Actually, Wake can't be underrated, because not once have the Deacs appeared in the polls. It added Georgia Tech to victims that include Gonzaga, Richmond, Xavier and Maryland.

Viva Loudoun: Football: Burns a Hot Prospect as Two More NCAA Division I Schools Offer Stone Bridge DL
Stone Bridge High School 6-foot-7 junior defensive lineman Rob Burns will have plenty of choices as two more NCAA Division I schools -- Stanford and Wake Forest -- have joined Virginia and Duke in offering the Bulldog. Wake Forest already has a bevy of Bulldogs on the roster including Y'Lou Brown, Mike Olson and Patrick and Zach Thompson. Burns took unofficial visits to both Duke and Wake Forest this weekend and reports back: "Both schools are strong academically and offer BCS caliber football programs. Making a decision will be hard!"

Neumann-Goretti’s Stewart paces win over Carroll | Philadelphia Inquirer | 02/14/2010
The Saints showed their balance yesterday as Fulton (15 points) and fellow guards Tony Chennault (15) and Tyreek Duren (10) joined Stewart in double-digit scoring.

Enloe claims share of titles - Sports -
The Wildcats chipped away in the fourth getting to within six points with 50 seconds remaining, but Melvin Tabb went 9-of-10 at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to finish with 15 points.

Bracketology: The Homestretch Begins - Blogging the Bracket
Wake Forest (5)

Power sweep for Central Catholic squads -, North Andover, MA
Carson Desrosiers rated his bout with the flu about an 8 on a scale of 1-10. Coach Rick Nault figured on the bus ride he'd be without the big guy. Desrosiers gave it a shot, and despite foul trouble, was around to be the difference at the end. Desrosiers' spinning banker with 27 seconds left put the Raiders up 53-52 and his courageous rebound in traffic with 10 seconds to play sealed the one-point win for top-ranked Central over No. 6 Newton North. - Blogs: High School Insider" Blog Archive " COMCAST RECAP
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 80, BC HIGH 66: Easily the most entertaining of the four games. Give a struggling Eagle team credit for throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the Raiders, but they were victimized by TMC - Too Much Carson. The Wake Forest-bound Carson Desrosiers scored 30 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and handed out five assists. His interior partner in crime, Jimmy Zenevitch, got stronger as the game wore on, finishing with 13 points, six rebounds and five assists.