- Doral Moore continues to be terrifying. 15 points (6-7, 3-6), 8 boards, 4 blocks, and only 2 fouls in 25 minutes. Feed that man.
- It wasn’t all the big men though. Bryant Crawford chipped in 15 points on 5-9 shooting, 4-5 from the line, and 1-3 from deep. Mitchell Wilbekin also added 12 points on 3-6 shooting, 1-2 from deep, and 5-6 from the line. Keyshawn Woods led all scorers with 17 points on 7-11 shooting, 1-3 from deep, 2-2 from the line coming off the bench.
- Donovan Mitchell is, well, really good. 15 minutes, 9 points (3-4 shooting, 2-2 from deep, 1-2 from the line) and 4 boards. He’s the only real frontcourt player who is a threat to stretch the floor, and I expect him to start soon. I’d even call him Dinos-esque.
- I also liked what I saw from Melo Eggleston. 14 minutes, 6 points on 3-4 shooting including a rim-rattling alley oop, and two steals, not to mention solid defensive effort. Good stuff.
- The zone continues to be a good fit for this squad, though we also worked in man. We forced an abysmal shooting team into 26 threes (of which they only hit 6). That’s extremely good.
- On the other side, the Deacon offense was smart. hitting a solid 5-12 from deep (41.7%) but feasting on two point buckets, hitting an amazing 57.7%. Smart game plan all around. Good stuff.
- There were only 10 Wake Forest turnovers, but it felt like more, probably because most of them were live-ball. I was frustrated by a lot of those.
- The end of the first half was probably the only major Down in my opinion, as the Demon Deacon defense gave up 5 baskets in a row in the final 4:20 (heh) of the first half. Somehow Wake Forest still went +1 in scoring over that stretch, though.
Best outing of the year for this team, by far. Good game plan, good execution, and an absolute dismantling of struggling competition to get to 4-4. But Fire Manning, am I right? Get well soon, Brandon Childress. Let’s keep this positive momentum going.
On to the next. Go Deacs.