Scouting Wake Forest

Syracuse will have to be careful not to look ahead to their matchup with Duke, as a tough road test against Wake Forest looms first. CuseNation.com breaks down the Demon Deacons inside.

Syracuse is on the road for the second straight game on Wednesday. It could be the most difficult road test of the season to date, when the face the Wake Forest Demon Deacons who are undefeated at home this season.

Backcourt

Madison Jones runs the point for Wake Forest. He is an average point guard who has a poor assist-to-turnover ratio. He is not a big scoring threat, at less than four per game. He is not a threat from the outside, attempting only five three-pointers this season. Jones is, however, a solid defender with good instincts.

Codi Miller-McIntyre is the other guard for the Deacs. He is arguably their best player, and leads the team in scoring and assists. Miller-McIntyre is a skilled scorer who is fearless attacking the rim. He is not an overly strong defender, however.

Coron Williams comes off the bench and provides a scoring spark. The Robert Morris transfer is a sharp shooter who is hitting over 40% of his shots from beyond the arc for his career. Williams is at 39.3% this year.

Frontcourt

Devin Thomas is the best frontcourt player for Wake Forest. He averages nearly 12 points and nine rebounds per game. He is a solid interior defender, but not a big shot blocker. In the low-post, Thomas is has a variety of moves and is a natural scorer. He is a poor free-throw shooter at 51% on the season.

Tyler Cavanaugh is a former high school teammate of DaJuan Coleman at Jamesville-DeWitt High. The 6-foot-9 power forward has started to show flashes of blossoming this year with his all-around game. Cavanaugh can hit from the outside, score in the low-post and take defenders off the dribble. He is a solid rebounder, but doesn't play as physical as he's able at times.

Travis McKie is a solid wing who can shoot from the outside and drive to the basket. He struggles with shot selection at times. McKie is the best free-throw shooter on the team and is a solid rebounder.

Arnaud-William Adala Moto is the primary frontcourt contributor for the Demon Deacons. He is an undersized frontcourt player who does most of his damage close to the basket. Despite only being 6-foot-6, he is a skilled rebounder but below average defender.

Seven footer Andre Washington comes off the bench for Wake as well. His minutes vary greatly from game to game. Against the length of Syracuse, he may get some action. He is an average player on the offensive end, but leads the team in blocks despite playing only nine minutes per game.

Defensive System

Wake Forest plays a traditional man-to-man defense, but rotates into a zone at times. They do that a bit more against Syracuse given the struggles the Orange had with Miami. They like to pressure the ball a bit, but play physical inside.

Team Stats

Wake Forest is 165th in the country at 72.2 points per game. They are 146th in shooting at 44.9%. They are a solid rebounding team at 38.5 per game. From three-point range, they are making only 32.9% of their attempts. Wake is also a poor free-throw shooting team at just 64%.

Final Thoughts

Syracuse is the better team, but goes into a hostile road environment. The Demon Deacons have a 13-game home winning streak and will give the Orange all they can handle. This should be a close game that, once again, tests Syracuse's ability to make plays down the stretch. The key matchup will be how Syracuse defends Devin Thomas inside.


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