Wake Forest defeated UNC-Greensboro 81-71 last night. Despite a hot start out of the gates, the Deacs allowed the Spartans to pull within two at the half before stretching it out in the second half. Overall it was a pretty lackluster performance after a lengthy break.
Coach Manning will need to get the team refocused and playing with increased intensity by Friday, or the Deacs could be in for a shock against the Cliff Ellis coached Coastal Carolina Chanticleers.
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- For the second straight game, the starting lineup produced the best +/-, coming in (interestingly enough again) at +9. That makes a lot of sense when you look at the numbers the Devin, Dinos, and Greg put up.
- Everybody had a positive plus/minus except for Trent VanHorn. Small sample size, but I fully expect his minutes to wane as the season continues on. It is clear from the post-game conference that Coach Manning rewards hustle, smart play, and how you play in practice. Trent VanHorn does these three things very well apparently, but his overall skill level as a basketball player relative to the other players is his biggest downfall.
- The 17.3 overall rating of Dinos Mitoglou is by far the best on the team this season. He had a terrific offensive game, and his defensive rating was helped immensely by his two steals and a block. His defensive rotations still need a world of help, but when he puts up 22 points on 8 shots he is more than getting back what he is giving up there.
- Devin Thomas had (a quiet) 18 points, 10 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 5 assists. I can't imagine there are too many players in the country this year that have gone: 15, 10, 5, and 5. He left 9 points at the free throw line, but that was his only detriment on the night. One of the best stat lines he has had.
- Codi Miller-McIntyre made his season debut and it was clear live that he was tentative on the court. That was evident by the early turnover(s), as well as the failure get the ball above the rim on an attempted dunk (one that was tip dunked by Doral Moore on a great follow). As he gets back into the flow of things and adjusts to game speed I don't think it will be a problem. I'm not concerned about CMM at all.
- In the past two games (24 minutes), Greg McClinton has: 17 points (7-8 shooting), and is +25. Those are pretty good numbers, and if he can consistently bring that to the table then he can be a critical cog in the machine moving forward.
- I am surprised at the minutes that Mitchell Wilbekin continues to get, but those will come down once Codi gets his legs back under him. MW hit a couple of big threes from the elbow, but other than three point shooting doesn't provide an extreme amount of value on the court.
Overall the Deacs got the win and will move on to Friday. 7-2 through 9 games is a good place to be, and if they get the W the next time out, a big game against a (likely) top 5 opponent in Xavier next Tuesday looms large.