Previewing Wake Forest

Wake Forest (9-6, 1-2) is looking to rebound from a tough home loss to Boston College. The Deacs feature a young lineup but may have the league's most improved player in senior center Kyle Visser.

Wake Forest Information

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    WAKE FOREST PROJECTED STARTERS:
    F- 31 Jamie Skeen
    F- 42 L.D. Williams
    C- 55 Kyle Visser
    G- 04 Harvey Hale
    G- 10 Ishmael Smith

    WAKE FOREST GAME NOTES
    FUTURE IS BRIGHT FOR YOUTHFUL DEACS, 'PACK
    Both Wake Forest and NC State rely heavily on freshmen and sophomores.

    Eleven of Wake's 13 scholarship players are freshmen and sophomores. Three freshmen have been in the Deacons' most-frequent starting lineup. Freshman point guard Ishmael Smith leads the ACC in assists.

    NC State's top scorer is sophomore Ben McCauley (16.8 points per game), followed closely by freshman Brandon Costner (16.6 ppg). Freshman Dennis Horner, State's sixth-leading scorer, has started five games this season.

    DEACON-WOLFPACK CONNECTIONS

  • Wake Forest sophomore Cameron Stanley is from Raleigh, home of NC State.
  • NC State's Bryan Nieman played on the high school level at Wake Forest-Rolesville.
  • As a player at NC State, Wolfpack head coach Sidney Lowe went 7-4 against Wake Forest.
  • NC State assistant coach Pete Strickland was head coach at Coastal Carolina in 1999 when the Chanticleers lost at Wake Forest, 73-46.

    DEACONS NOT RATTLED BY LARGE DEFICITS
    Four times this season, including twice on the road, Wake Forest has erased double-digit deficits en route to a victory.

    Last Saturday at Miami, the Deacons fell behind by 17 points but came back for a 59-58 win. That tied for the fourth-largest comeback in school history. Wake Forest also came back from 15 points down to beat Richmond, 13 points back to top James Madison in the season opener, and 12 points down to win in overtime at Bucknell.

    The comebacks have been especially impressive considering the Deacons are one of college basketball's youngest teams.

    DEACONS: JEKYLLE AND HYDE
    When Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser was recently asked about his team's notorious slow starts this season, he responded by saying he was going to fire "the warm-up coach."

    Since there is no warm-up coach, the Deacons instead will try to figure out why they have played so much better in the second half of games.

    Consider:

  • Wake Forest has been outscored by a combined 33 points in the first half this season, but the Deacons are outscoring opponents by nearly five points per game in the second half.
  • Wake is averaging around 33 points in the first half, compared to 43 points in the second half.
  • The Deacons have trailed at halftime eight times this season, but they have a .500 record (4-4) in those games.
  • Wake Forest has shot a higher percentage in the second half of games 11 times this season.
  • The Deacons are shooting 51.9 percent in the second half, compared to 44.5 percent in the first half.

    HARVEY HALE ON FIRE IN SECOND HALF
    Sophomore Harvey Hale, more than any other Deacon, seems to get warmed-up after the halftime break.

    Hale has scored 117 points this season. He has scored 31 points in the first half, compared to 86 points in the second half or in overtime.

    VISSER IN ELITE ACC COMPANY
    Only two players in the ACC are ranked in the top five in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage -- Wake Forest's Kyle Visser and Boston College's Jared Dudley. North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough is close. He ranks seventh in field goal percentage. Visser also ranks third in offensive rebounds.

    MORE ON KYLE VISSER
    Kyle Visser ranks third in the ACC in scoring at 18.8 points per game. The last time a Deacon led the league in scoring was Josh Howard in 2003 at 19.5 points per game.

    Visser ranks second in the ACC in rebounding. Tim Duncan was the last Deacon to lead the league in rebounding with 14.7 boards per game in 1997. He ranks second in the league in field goal percentage.

    Visser is trying to give Wake Forest the ACC field goal percentage leader for the third straight season. Eric Williams led the league in that category in each of the last two seasons.


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