Wake Forest Preview

Thanks to www.clemsontigers.com and www.espn.com for statistics and some visuals.


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Jeff Bzdelik is in his first year as Head Coach of Wake Forest and it's been a rough one.  Wake Forest was expected to take a step back this year after losing Al-Farouq Aminu and Ishmael Smith to the NBA, as well as Tony Woods transfer to Louisville.  What wasn't expected was three giant leaps backwards, which is what has happened.  Wake Forest has an RPI of 252.  For a point of reference, the worst RPI of any ACC team the previous 5 seasons was 159 by Miami in 2006-2007. 

Bzdelik came to Wake Forest from Colorado after Dino Gaudio was somewhat surprisingly fired.  Bzdelik never had a winning record in his 3 seasons at Colorado and ended his stint there with a 10-38 conference record.  It was an interesting hire, to say the least.

Come inside to take a more in depth look at this Wake team..

 

Bzdelik inherited a very young, but talented basketball team.  Wake Forest's 2010 recruiting class brought in 5 new players and was ranked the #12 class in the country according to Rivals.  Wake relies on the freshman to play significant minutes.  4 out of the 5 freshman are averaging better than 16 minutes per game.  SF Travis McKie (pronounce Mc-eye) and SG JT Terrell, both freshman, lead Wake in scoring at 12 ppg and 11 ppg, respectively. 

The stats backup Wake's season long struggles.  Offensively they score a paltry 0.96 points per possession, which is last in the conference and ranks them 282 (out of 346) in the country.  They do, however, play at the 4th fastest pace in the conference (70.8 per 40 mins), which is why their points per game is higher than ours.  Defensively they allow 1.09 points per possession which is 324th in the country (11th in the conference).

The stats above were for all games.  Now lets take a look at conference games, which is somehow significantly worse:  Offense - 0.90 points per possession, Defense - 1.17 points per possession.  Those numbers add up to an average loss of -18.5 points per game.  That is incredibly atrocious.  This Wake Forest team is the worst ACC team I can remember watching.  Needless to say, I expect Clemson to win and I expect us to win comfortably.

General statistical overview/team leaders:

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Projected Starting Lineups:

Clemson

NAME

NO

POS

HT

WT

CLASS

HOMETOWN

Demontez Stitt

2

G

6-2

180

SR

Matthews, NC

Andre Young

11

G

5-9

175

JR

Albany, GA

Tanner Smith

5

G

6-5

210

JR

Alpharetta, GA

Devin Booker

31

F-C

6-8

245

SO

Whitmire, SC

Jerai Grant

45

F-C

6-8

230

SR

Bowie, MD

 

Wake

NAME

NO

POS

HT

WT

CLASS

HOMETOWN

J.T. Terrell

0

G

6-3

175

FR

Charlotte, NC

Gary Clark

2

G

6-4

200

SR

Sarasota, FL

C.J. Harris

11

G

6-3

185

SO

Winston-Salem, NC

Travis McKie

30

F

6-7

205

FR

Richmond, VA

Ty Walker

40

C

7-0

230

JR

Wilmington, NC

Statistics To Date:

Clemson

Player GP MIN PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TPG FG% FT% 3P%
Demontez Stitt 25 33.4 14.1 4.3 3.3 1.4 0.4 1.8 42.8% 73.2% 36.4%
Jerai Grant 27 26.5 12.3 6.5 0.7 1 2.3 1.3 58.7% 71.6% 0.0%
Andre Young 27 32.5 11.1 2.8 3 1.4 0 1.4 41.2% 68.9% 39.9%
Milton Jennings 27 19.9 8.2 5.1 0.4 0.6 0.4 2 41.5% 72.6% 25.8%
Tanner Smith 25 28.9 7.8 3.6 2.8 1.2 0.3 1.8 39.6% 71.6% 33.3%
Devin Booker 27 24.1 7.7 5.3 0.5 0.7 0.4 1.6 45.6% 72.7% 31.4%
Bryan Narcisse 27 13.3 3.3 1.5 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.7 51.7% 53.1% 40.9%
Noel Johnson 7 13.1 2.9 1.6 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.9 27.3% 62.5% 21.4%
Cory Stanton 26 11.8 2.7 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.1 0.8 35.2% 68.4% 20.6%
Zavier Anderson 24 9.6 1.2 1.1 1.3 0.6 0.3 1.2 42.3% 40.0% 50.0%
Catalin Baciu 20 3.5 1.1 1.3 0 0 0.2 0.2 56.3% 33.3% 0.0%
Jonah Baize 6 3.7 0 0.5 0 0 0 0.5 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
DeAndre Hopkins 5 1.8 0 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.4 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Totals 27 -- 68 34 12 8 5 13 44.4% 69.1% 34.1%

Wake Forest

Player GP MIN PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TPG FG% FT% 3P%
Travis McKie 28 31 12.9 7.6 1 0.9 1 2.1 48.7% 75.2% 28.0%
J.T. Terrell 28 24.5 11.6 2.1 1.6 0.6 0 2.3 37.7% 76.8% 36.2%
Gary Clark 28 26.5 10.6 2.2 1.6 0.8 0.2 1.6 51.8% 81.7% 57.3%
C.J. Harris 28 32.7 10.6 3.6 3.8 0.9 0 3.3 40.2% 83.4% 37.5%
Ari Stewart 27 26.6 9.4 4.7 1.2 0.4 0.1 2.5 39.9% 83.0% 27.9%
Tony Chennault 11 16.3 5.5 2.2 1.5 0.2 0 2.1 32.9% 60.0% 16.7%
Carson Desrosiers 27 18.6 4.1 3.3 0.7 0.2 1.7 0.9 39.4% 69.7% 33.3%
Ty Walker 28 19.4 4 3.7 0.5 0.6 2.7 0.7 44.7% 59.4% 0.0%
Nikita Mescheriakov 19 12.7 3.4 1.6 0.5 0.5 0.1 1.5 42.0% 74.1% 27.3%
Melvin Tabb 14 8.9 1.6 2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.6 34.8% 38.5% 33.3%
Ryan Keenan 9 1.2 0.7 0.1 0 0 0 0.2 50.0% 0.0% 66.7%
Aaron Ingle 13 3.1 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0 0.1 50.0% 50.0% 0.0%
Brooks Godwin 10 2.7 0.1 0.4 0 0 0 0.1 0.0% 25.0% 0.0%
Denmore McDermott 4 1.5 0 0.3 0.3 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Totals 28 -- 68 33 11 5 6 16 42.6% 75.6% 36.7%
 


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