It's going to be a crazy day or two around here. After Team Hoop Time plays this morning, the girls will travel (please snow, hold off!) to Lewisburg for tonight's Penn State-Bucknell women's game, where they will scrimmage at halftime.
Then it's back down Routes 11 &15 for an hour or two of shut-eye before heading to Baltimore (insert another plea to the weather gods here) to catch a flight to North Carolina for the Bucknell-Wake Forest game.
That won't leave much time tomorrow for posting the Wake scouting report, so we're doing it this morning. You will also find a few non-BU-Wake links at the end, too.
Now repeat after us: Snow, snow, go away. Come again on a school day (the kids insisted we add that last part).
SCOUTING WAKE FOREST: It is not easy to get a handle on the Demon Deacons, who come in with a 5-3 record. Wake has lost three of its last four, but those three losses were all on the road, against the likes of Charlotte, Vanderbilt and Georgia.
The only victory you would call a quality win came Nov. 26 at Iowa. The other four wins came against Fairfield and three Division I transitional teams -- North Carolina Centeral, USC Upstate and Winston-Salem State.
Dino Gaudio, in his first season as Wake's head coach, is no stranger to Patriot League fans. Gaudio, who was an assistant to Skip Prosser, took over after Prosser's sudden and unexpected death this summer. Gaudio was head coach at Army from 1993 to 1997. Gaudio's teams went 14-38 in league play, but three of those wins came against Bucknell, including a shocker in the first round of the 1995 league tournament.
One of the story lines for the game is Skip Prosser's son Mark, who is a Bucknell assistant (see links below).
Wake is a young team, with five freshmen and five sophomores (including 6-10 redshirt soph reserve David Weaver). The highly touted freshman class includes 6-8 freshman James Johnson, who leads the Demon Deacons in scoring (13.3 ppg) and rebounding (9.4 rpg). L.D. Williams, a 6-4 sophomore guard, also averages in double figures (10.8 ppg).
Center Kyle Visser, who took advantage of Bucknell foul trouble to score 26 points in Wake's 86-83 OT win in Lewisburg last season, is graduated. But 6-2 junior guard Harvey Hale (20 points vs. BU last year) and 6-0 sophomore guard Ishmael Smith (14) are still around. Hale is averaging 9.9 ppg with four games in double figures. Smith has reached double figures in the last three games, raising his average to 8.0 ppg.
Center Chris McFarland, a 7-foot sophomore from Illinois by way of Worcester Academy, has bee inconsistent since joining the starting lineup six games ago. Against Iowa, McFarland scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. He also scored 12 against USC Upstate. In the last two games, though, McFarland has totalled 2 points and 5 rebounds.
Expect a defensive type of game. Wake only shoots 40 percent from the field (29.5 percent from the arc), but they have held opponents to 39.3 percent from the field (32.2 percent on threes). The Demon Deacons turn the ball over 16 times per game, but they average 10.1 steals and force opponents into 21 turnovers per contest.
Wake Forest stats
Wake Forest game notes
Prosser trying to maintain positive outlook (Daily Item)
Prosser's son to pay visit this weekend (Winston-Salem Journal)
WFU is running itself ragged (Winston-Salem Journal)
NON BU-WAKE LINKS:
Idle Mids pleased with basketball progress (Annapolis Capital)
Parkview's Gyawu made right call (Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Colgate recruit Yaw Gyawu)
Labels: Bucknell, Colgate, Navy, previews
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