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Playbook: Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Florida State Seminoles

Deacs can’t stop Koumadje

NCAA Basketball: Wake Forest at Florida State Glenn Beil-USA TODAY Sports

I’m pretty much out of things to say at this point. The Deacs dropped another on the road in the ACC in blowout fashion, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone seeing that we’ve only won 8 ACC road games since 2010. Just typing that depressed me—let’s just get this over with.

As with the last 2 games, this game could basically be summed up in the first possession.

That’s right, everyone’s favorite non Wake Forest player—the guy whose name appears on this site more than any player except maybe Brandon Childress—absolutely dominated the Deacs in the paint to the tune of 20 points on 10/12 shooting (8 of the 10 were dunks) and 12 rebounds for his first career double-double. We literally had no answer for Christ Koumadje, who before last night’s game was averaging 5.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

I’ve written about this before, but our lack of a inside presence on either side of the court has been a huge problem for the Deacs all year. Here’s a list of some notable big men against Wake Forest as compared to their season averages.

That, I think, should speak for itself.

Anyways, I don’t really want to take up too much time on a 22 point loss, so once again I’m just going to rapid fire all the ways Koumadje destroyed us.

He scored on the offensive glass.

He scored on the drive and dish as a result of our inability to keep other teams from getting penetration into the paint.

And sometimes, FSU just threw him the ball in the paint and he turned around and dunked it in our face.

You can draw up the best plays in the world or craft the greatest defense ever seen, but if you can’t get the rebound or stop the opposing center from dunking on you ever play, none of that matters. You’re going to lose.