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Deacon Dump 3/9: Recapping Wake Forest's ACC Tournament Loss To Maryland, Looking To The Future


Bunch of links for you guys to enjoy before Friday's slate of games start. A few quotes, some news and notes about Wake Forest's season-ending loss to Maryland in the first round of the ACC Tournament on Thursday. So get your link on, and make sure to click on the Lost Lettermen link so you can watch the Randolph Chilldress shot one more time because it will cheer you up, I promise.

Ty Walker's basketball odyssey takes bizarre turns |
"I know people aren't always going to be satisfied," he said. "But at least I did something." Or so it seemed.

Luke DeCock: Wake Forest and Maryland headed in opposite directions - Wire - Lifestyle -
And that is a two-year snapshot of the Demon Deacons right there, including the 82-60 final score - brief islands of competitiveness awash in a sea of mediocrity, if not outright incompetence.

Deacs hit dead end at ACC tournament |
"We've got to be soul searching," sophomore Tony Chennault said after another unsightly season came to another grisly end. "It keeps happening again. "That's insanity, to keep doing the same things over and over. We had the same feeling last year when we lost to Boston College."

Wake Forest's Randolph Childress Crosses UNC in 1995
Childress, the MVP of the tournament that season, protected his dribble from McInnis by having his back to him before swinging to the right and pulling back with the crossover, which set up a 3-pointer in the first half. He then topped it off by mockingly waving McInnis over to him. The Demon Deacons went on to post an 82-80 victory in the game for their first ACC title since 1962 as Childress scored the game-winning basket in overtime and finished with 9 3-pointers, 37 points and 7 assists. Check the video [after the link].

Freshman Faust elevates Maryland
Wake Forest had no answer for the Terrapins’ talented backcourt, pouring in bucket after bucket as Faust accented every point with his own style. He saluted after a made basket. He wagged his tongue at opposing point guards when his teammates made shots. He offered high-fives to anyone who would give him the time of day when things were going. Some might call that style of play immature, but with Faust it’s more the innocent vitality of youth, and that contagious smile wore off on everyone in Phillips Arena except Wake Forest coach Jeff Bzdelik.

Bzdelik blames Deacons' collapse on wear - Wake Forest -
Among the many areas of improvement for Wake Forest next season is interior strength. Head coach Jeff Bzdelik said it's imperative that sophomore center Carson Desrosiers and freshman forward Daniel Green add muscle for the Deacons to be able to be effective inside.

Terps sink Wake |
The problem is that the Demon Deacons' fan base is tired, too. Tired of the suspensions. Tired of the blowout losses. Tired of being irrelevant three years after being the No. 1 team in the country. Bzdelik is staking the future of the program – and his tenure in Winston-Salem – into six freshmen arriving this fall. They'll only make a difference if the Deacons use their heart a little more and head a lot more, as well. Otherwise, it'll be déjà vu all over again.