Team of the Week: Wake Forest

February 18th, 2008
The tragic death of Skip Prosser thrust Wake Forest (16-8, 6-5 ACC) into the spotlight during the off season. However, the spotlight of tragedy faded into a mediocre season for the Demon Deacons.

For Wake Forest, this week started off with a punch, literally. Florida State Seminole Ryan Reid was ejected in the first half of the game when he landed a right cross on Chas McFarland. After rolling around on the ground in pain for a couple of minutes, McFarland responded with his first career double-double, leading the Deacons to a 78-70 win over the Seminoles.

Wake Forest ended the week with an 86-73 upset of #2 Duke, led by freshmen James Johnson and Jeff Teague. Johnson exposed Duke’s lack of a post presence by grabbing a career high 16 boards, including five offensive rebounds. He also added 24 points. Teague was one shy of tying his career high, scoring 26 points, which included going three of three from the three point line. Wake Forest was assisted by the Blue Devils shooting 52 percent from the free throw line.

The untimely death of a coach is not the ideal way to toughen up a team; however, this week may have signaled a shift in the young Demon Deacons. They battled through adversity, gained a signature win, and put themselves into position to challenge for third in the ACC.

Honorable Mention: Drake (23-2, 14-1 MVC) clinched the Missouri Valley Conference for the first time in 37 years with a win over Northern Iowa. Don’t miss their Bracket Buster game next week against Butler.

Washington State (20-5, 8-5 Pac-10) created distance between themselves and the bottlenecked Pac-10 by securing two wins on the road, in the toughest conference in college basketball. The Cougs started the week by not “Coug’ing” it against Pac-10 doormat Oregon State, and finished it with an impressive win at Oregon.

Last Week's Winner: Duke