#107 Wake Forest Demon Deacons: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

Since Jeff Bzdelik took over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons basketball program, the team has struggled mightily and seen an influx of players transfer.  Last season, Wake did slightly improve upon their one-win debacle in 2010-11 but with seven new faces and only four returners, it’s likely to be another long season in Winston-Salem.

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College Basketball 111 in 111: #103 Wake Forest Demon Deacons

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

It isn’t easy to play in the ACC and Wake Forest will have a tough task in front of them this year. Even if the Demon Deacon don’t win all the games on their schedule they will be a tough team to beat against the spread.

Last season was supposed to horrific for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and it was as they were only victorious in one ACC game.  Don’t expect a major turnaround this season especially since Wake loses a couple of key contributors due to off-the-court issues.

UPDATED 9/14/11

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99 in 99: #75 Wake Forest Demon Deacons

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Making it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament just was not good enough for Wake Forest administration as they ended up firing their head coach this off-season.  With four starters gone, the Demon Deacons have a year of re-building on their hands.

The Sports Bank’s 99 team college basketball preview in 99 days breaks down the 72 power conference teams and top 27 mid-majors and will lead you right into the opening tip of the season.  Click here if you missed teams #76-#99.

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2009-2010 ACC Hoops Preview: Part 2 of 5

al-farouq_aminuBy: David Kay

ACC week continues here at The Sports Bank.  Part one of our week long preview focused on the bottom three, this edition centers on teams that should be slightly down in talent this year but have the potential to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

The difference between the fourth and eighth teams in the ACC isn’t much.  You could make individual arguments for each team in each spot.  Translation; the conference is up for grabs after UNC, Duke, and Maryland who appear to be the heads of the class.

Wake Forest loses two very valuable players to the NBA while Miami returns some un-tapped talent to replace the loss of Jack McClinton.  Boston College has everyone back except for Tyrese Rice and could make some noise if the pieces fall in place.  Here my predictions for the 7th-9th place teams in the ACC.

7. Wake Forest (2nd in ACC, 11-5 in ACC, 24-7 overall,  NCAA First Round)

wakeforest2009-2010 Outlook: It was a good news, bad news sort of off-season for Dino Gaudio’s group.  The bad; underclassmen Jeff Teague and James Johnson bolting for the NBA.  The good; Al-Farouq Aminu returning for his sophomore season.  Aminu should blossom into one of the elite players in the conference and help provide Wake with one of the deepest frontcourts in the country.  Consistent guard play might be the difference between a trip back to the tourney or spot in the NIT.

Projected Depth Chart
C: Chris McFarland (Sr)/Ty Walker (So)
PF: Tony Woods (So)/David Weaver (Sr)
SF: Al-Farouq Aminu (So)/Ari Stewart (Fr)
SG: L.D. Williams (Sr)/Gary Clark (Jr)/Konner Tucker (So)
PG: Ishmael Smith (Sr)/C.J. Harris (Fr)

Gone: PG-Jeff Teague, PF-James Johnson, G-Harvey Hale

Player(s) to Watch: Woods and Walker- Both bigs had less than stellar debut seasons for the Demon Deacons.  Still, the skill and potential is there for each of them to turn into important pieces to Wake’s puzzle and possibly form a “twin tower” type of tandem.

dwayne-collins18. Miami, FL (7th, 7-9, 19-13, NIT)

2009-2010 Outlook:
The Hurricanes went as Jack McClinton did last season.  With McClinton now in the association, someone will need to step up and assume the role as team leader.  Dwayne Collins is a physical force and freshman Durand Scott should help pick up some of the scoring slack.  If DeQuan Jones can be a consistent contributor, the U could surprise some people.

Projected Depth Chart
F/C: Dwayne Collins (Sr)/Julian Gamble (So)/Reggie Johnson (Fr)
PF: Cyrus McGowan (Sr)/Donnavan Kirk (Fr)
SF: Adrian Thomas (Sr)/DeQuan Jones (So)
SG: Durand Scott (Fr)/James Dews (Sr)/Garrius Adams (Fr)
PG: Malcolm Grant (So)/Antonie Allen (Fr)

Gone: PG-Jack McClinton, F-Brian Asbury, G-Lance Hurdle, F-Jimmy Graham, G-Eddie Rios

Player to Watch- Grant- The Villanova transfer will likely take over the point for Miami.  He is a solid shooter and knows how to the run the point.  Unlike his predecessor McClinton, Grant will be more of a distributor than shoot-first scorer.

9. Boston College (5th, 9-7, 22-12, NCAA First Round)

2009-2010 Outlook:
Only one player is gone from last season.  Problem is that one player was a three-year starter at the point and leaves as the school’s fifth all-time leading scorer.  The biggest question for BC is who will replace Tyrese Rice’s leadership and go-to mentality?  It will be a season of transition for Al Skinner’s squad that could lead to a promising 2010-2011 season since there is only one senior on the team.

Projected Depth Chart
C: Josh Southern (Jr)/Evan Ravenel (So)
PF: Joe Trapani (Jr)/Courtney Dunn (Jr)
SF: Corey Raji (Jr)/Tyler Roche (Sr)
SG: Rakim Sanders (Jr)/Dallas Elmore (So)
PG: Reggie Jackson (So)/Biko Paris (Jr)

Gone: PG-Tyrese Rice

sandersPlayer to Watch: Sanders- He has NBA potential and those skills will need to be on display in the Eagles are to have any hope of seeing the post-season.  He gets after it on the defensive end, but will need to bring it every night on O’ for BC.

More sportsbank.net SEC Previews/Power Rankings:
SEC East Teams 4-6 (Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Georgia)
SEC East Teams 1-3 (Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida)
SEC West Teams 4-6 (Arkansas, Auburn, LSU)
SEC West Teams 1-3 (Mississippi State, Mississippi, Alabama)

Thesportsbank.net Pac-10 Preview/Power Rankings:
Teams 8-10 (Washingon State, Arizona State, Stanford)
Teams 5-7 (Arizona, USC, Oregon)
Teams 1-4 (Oregon State, UCLA, Washington, Cal)

Thesportsbank.net Big East Previews/Power Rankings

Teams 13-16 (Rutgers, South Florida, Providence, DePaul)
Teams 9-12 (Notre Dame, Pitt, Marquette, St. John’s)
Teams 5-8 (Syracuse, Louisville, Cincinnati, Seton Hall)
Teams 1-4 (Villanova, West Virginia, UConn, Georgetown)
Post-Season Award Predictions

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