The Deacs played their final game of 2019 on Saturday and defeated the North Carolina A&T Aggies by a deceptive score of 76-64. Wake led the Aggies by just 2 points, 66-64, with a little over 2 minutes remaining before finishing on a 10-0 run to ultimately win the game by 12 points. The Deacs were once again led by Chaundee Brown, who finished the game with 25 points on 9-20 shooting, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists.
This was definitely not one of Wake Forest’s better games this season, and it seemed like the team was just going through the motions and looking ahead to the break. Chaundee Brown even told Conor O’Neill that “no one was ready to play, and it showed in the game, even though we should’ve beat this team by 15 or 20 points.” So while the Deacs didn’t play well, they did do a decent job getting the ball into the middle of the Aggie zone for easy midrange jump shots.
The Deacs shot an abysmal 5-24 from beyond the arc in this game, so they desperately needed another way to score points when the Aggies went to zone. Thankfully, Wake has 3 players in Chaundee Brown, Isaiah Mucius, and Oliver Sarr who are ideally suited to get the ball at the high post area and score.
As mentioned earlier, Brown led that trio with 25 points. Sarr added 13 points on 3-5 shooting (60%) and scored the bulk of his points at the free throw line. Mucius, who was in foul trouble early in the game, finished with 8 points on 4-7 shooting (57%) in just 17 minutes.
So even though Wake did not shoot the ball well from deep in this game, they were much better inside the 3-point line; the Deacs shot almost 58% inside the 3-point line as compared to the 20% they shot from behind it. That was mostly due to the fact that when they did get the ball into that high post area, they scored with ease almost every single time.
These are simple warmup shots for a guy who is averaging 25.5 points per game and shooting 57% over his last 2 games. I will take Chaundee Brown wide open at the free throw line every single possession if the defense will allow it.
There’s no such thing as a bad win, but the Deacs were definitely less than impressive for 38 minutes in this one against a team that, on paper, is easily one of the worst teams in the NCAA. Wake now has almost 2 weeks off to prepare for the gauntlet of ACC conference play, so hopefully they can comeback and be more polished in 2020.