The results for the Elite Eight of the Wake Forest basketball all-time teams bracket are in.
This 16 team bracket is one in which you the readers can vote on in polls posted on the Blogger So Dear twitter page, similar to what SportsCenter and the ACC basketball pages are doing. If you do not have Twitter, you may vote by commenting here. You have the chance to choose the greatest Wake Forest basketball single season team ever.
Each of the four regions is named after the coach of the #1 seeded team in that region.
Below is a look at the updated bracket:
You can view the details of each team in the first article on this bracket.
Once again in this round, in the Bones McKinney region at the very least, recency bias seems to be a factor in the voting.
Scores listed are the number of votes for each team from the combined twitter poll and comments. Fantasy scenario summaries have been added for fun,
Dave Odom Region
#1 1994-95 68
#2 1983-84 4
The combination of Randolph Childress and Tim Duncan once again just absolutely overwhelms the opposition. The 1994-95 team is still regarded by fans as one of the greatest ever, and that shows here. The 83-84 team goes home with nothing to be ashamed of.
Carl Tacy Region
#4 2009-10 23
#3 2003-04 46
2003-04 with Chris Paul leading the way was just too much for the 2009-10 team to handle. Ish Smith’s buzzer beater in the last round seemed to be all this team had to offer. The freshman Paul took over this game, and Eric Williams dominated on the inside, with Justin Gray being too much for freshman C.J. Harris to handle. In the end, the depth and experience of the 03-04 team propels them all the way to the Final Four of this bracket.
Bones McKinney Region
#1 1961-62 44
#2 2008-09 46
The top overall seed 1961-62 team is unable to make a repeat trip to the Final Four, as Bobby Hoekstra’s efforts to support his team with votes propels them into the Final Four of this bracket. Those four future NBA players (James Johnson, Jeff Teague, Ish Smith, and Al-Farouq Aminu), combined with solid support from L.D. Williams, Chas McFarland, David Weaver, and Harvey Hale, prove to be too much for Len Chappell. Chappell still put up an impressive 40 points and 20 rebounds.
Skip Prosser Region
#1 2004-05 38
#2 1995-96 55
The 2004-05 team comes up short of their dream yet again, although this time it wasn't Kevin Pittsnogle, Mike Gansey, and Tyrone Salley that caused the team problems. It was Tim Duncan, Tony Rutland, Rusty LaRue, and Ricky Peral. The 95-96 team fed Duncan early and often, and Duncan took Big E out of the game very quickly by drawing two early fouls. Skip Prosser tried everyone he could on Duncan, but the Big Fundamental just proved to be too much to handle in the end. Rutland, LaRue, and Peral all provided support from the outside.
Final Four Matchup Previews
It’s no surprise that two of Dave Odom’s teams, both featuring Tim Duncan, have made it to the Final Four of this bracket. Could we see a sophomore Duncan, along with Randolph Childress, taking on a junior Duncan in the championship matchup?
Dave Odom Region vs. Carl Tacy Region
1994-95 Head Coach: Dave Odom
1994-95 Starting Lineup:
PG: Tony Rutland (6-2 Freshman, 5.8 Points, 1.9 Rebounds, 1.6 Assists, 1.1 Steals)
SG: Randolph Childress (6-2 Senior, 20.1 Points, 3.6 Rebounds, 5.2 Assists, 1.5 Steals)
SF: Travis “Scooter” Banks (6-6 Senior, 9.1 Pointts, 7.0 Rebounds, 1.8 Assists)
PF: Ricardo “Ricky” Peral (6-10 Sophomore, 6.7 Points, 3.6 Rebounds, 0.9 Assists)
C: Tim Duncan (6-10 Sophomore, 16.8 Points, 12.5 Rebounds, 2.1 Assists, 4.2 Blocks)
G Rusty LaRue (6-2 Junior, 6.0 Points, 1.9 Rebounds, 0.9 Assists)
G Jerry Braswell (6-1 Freshman, 3.9 Points, 1.1 Rebounds, 0.6 Assists)
G Steven Goolsby (6-4 Freshman, 2.7 Points, 0.6 Rebounds, 0.1 Assists)
G Barry Canty (6-4 Junior, 1.5 Points, 0.8 Rebounds, 0.4 Assists)
G Antonio Jackson (6-2 Freshman, 1.5 Points, 1.1 Rebounds, 0.1 Assists)
2003-04 Head Coach: Skip Prosser
2003-04 Starting Lineup:
PG: Chris Paul (6-0 Freshman, 14.8 Points, 3.3 Rebounds, 5.9 Assists, 2.7 Steals)
SG: Justin Gray (6-2 Sophomore, 17.0 Points, 3.2 Rebounds, 2.8 Assists, 1.1 Steals)
SF: Jamaal Levy (6-9 Junior, 10.3 Points, 8.4 Rebounds, 1.5 Assists, 1.2 Steals)
PF: Vytas Danelius (6-9 Junior, 5.9 Points, 4.4 Rebounds, 0.4 Assists)
C: “Big E” Eric Williams (6-9 Sophomore, 12.4 Points, 5.6 Rebounds, 0.6 Assists)
PG Taron Downey (6-2 Junior, 10.2 Points, 2.3 Rebounds, 2.9 Assists, 1.2 Steals)
G/F Trent Strickland (6-5 Sophomore, 6.4 Points, 3.4 Rebounds, 0.7 Assists)
C Kyle Visser (6-11 Freshman, 4.6 Points, 2.6 Rebounds, 0.1 Assists)
PF/C Chris Ellis (6-9 Junior, 1.4 Points, 1.4 Rebounds, 0.3 Assists)
G Jeremy Ingram (6-3 Freshman, 1.6 Points, 0.8 Rebounds, 0.8 Assists)
F Todd Hendley (6-9 Freshman, 2.2 Points, 1.7 Rebounds, 0.3 Assists)
The 94-95 team doesn’t have the depth of the 03-04 team, as Coach Odom generally went with a 7-8 man rotation. But the 03-04 team will have a hard time stopping the inside-outside combination of Duncan and Childress. Coach Prosser has several options to try against TD, and the depth may be huge if Duncan can get Williams into early foul trouble. The Justin Gray vs. Randolph Childress matchup features two of the greatest shooters in Wake Forest history. If the first two rounds have told us anything, the 94-95 team should cruise their way into the championship winning by a large margin of votes.
Bones McKinney Region vs. Skip Prosser Region
2008-09 Head Coach: Dino Gaudio
2008-09 Starting Lineup:
PG: Jeff Teague (6-2 Sophomore, 18.8 Points, 3.3 Rebounds, 3.5 Assists, 1.9 Steals)
SG: L.D. Williams (6-4 Junior, 8.0 Points, 2.7 Rebounds, 1.1 Assists)
SF: Al-Farouq Aminu (6-9 Freshman, 12.9 Points, 8.2 Rebounds, 1.5 Assists, 1.2 Blocks, 1.0 Steals)
PF: James Johnson (6-9 Sophomore, 15.0 Points, 8.5 Rebounds, 2.0 Assists, 1.5 Blocks, 1.4 Steals)
C: Chas McFarland (7-0 Junior, 8.7 Points, 5.8 Rebounds, 0.5 Assists)
PG Ish Smith (6-0 Junior, 6.2 Points, 2.7 Rebounds, 3.4 Assists)
G Harvey Hale (6-2 Senior, 4.1 Points, 1.4 Rebounds, 0.5 Assists)
C Tony Woods (6-11 Freshman, 3.2 Points, 2.6 Rebounds, 0.1 Assists)
PF/C David Weaver (6-10 Junior, 2.1 Points, 1.9 Rebounds, 0.3 Assists)
G Gary Clark (6-4 Sophomore, 2.5 Points, 0.7 Rebounds, 0.3 Assists)
C Ty Walker (7-0 Freshman, 0.9 Points, 1.1 Rebounds, 0.1 Assists)
F Bobby Hoekstra (6-7 Senior, 0.2 Points, 0.4 Rebounds, 0.1 Steals)
1995-96 Head Coach: Dave Odom
1995-96 Starting Lineup:
PG: Tony Rutland (6-2 Sophomore, 11.9 Points, 2.7 Rebounds, 3.9 Assists, 1.2 Steals)
SG: Rusty LaRue (6-2 Senior, 10.1 Points, 3.0 Rebounds, 1.9 Assists)
SF: Ricardo “Ricky” Peral (6-10 Junior, 9.4 Points, 4.3 Rebounds, 1.4 Assists)
PF: Sean Allen (6-8 Junior, 5.0 Points, 4.4 Rebounds, 1.0 Assists)
C: Tim Duncan (6-11 Junior, 19.1 Points, 12.3 Rebounds, 2.9 Assists, 3.8 Blocks)
G Jerry Braswell (6-1 Sophomore, 7.2 Points, 2.1 Rebounds, 1.6 Assists)
G Steven Goolsby (6-4 Sophomore, 4.6 Points, 1.7 Rebounds, 0.6 Assists)
G Antonio Jackson (6-2 Sophomore, 2.1 Points, 1.9 Rebounds, 0.2 Assists)
C William Stringfellow (6-9 Freshman, 1.5 Points, 2.1 Rebounds, 0.2 Assists)
G Joseph Amonett (6-5 Freshman, 0.8 Points, 0.3 Rebounds, 0.1 Assists)
Once again Coach Odom’s team doesn’t have as much depth, but when you’ve got one of the greatest players ever, maybe you don't need much depth. Coach Gaudio has six different players at 6-9 or taller that he can try to use to bother Timmy inside, but the 08-09 team doesn’t have the shooting that the 95-96 team does. 1995-96 faces a tough test, especially given that Bobby Hoekstra is determined to get his team a championship, and is getting all kinds of votes for his team. Can the 2008-09 team give Bobby his wish or will we potentially see an all-Tim Duncan team championship?
The next round of voting begins today and will run through Saturday evening at 8pm. Be sure to check in and vote on the BSD twitter page or in the comments below if you don’t have twitter! Go Deacs and stay safe and well!