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The Demon Deacons have had an adventurous season to this point as they stand 11-7 overall and 2-4 in league play. Wake Forest has held halftime leads in five of their last six losses; however, they held on to beat Miami. Wednesday night Wake Forest picked up a huge win defeating Miami 96-79, their 96 points were the most Miami has surrendered all season. What do you need to know about the Demon Deacons before Saturday’s 2 o’clock tip?

Wake Forest has already matched their ACC win total from last season. They have improved in many aspects but especially offensively.

The Demon Deacons have pushed their scoring average to 80.2 PPG an improvement from last seasons 74 PPG. Danny Manning has a group of players that can get it done offensively with four players averaging double figures PPG. Wake Forest shoots 47% from the field and 39% from three. Their balance offensively really stretches opponents defensively. The Deacons proved when things click offensively they can score with the best of them. Miami considered one of the best defensive teams in the ACC gave up 96 points to the Deacons! Wake Forest likes to push the ball at every chance, make or miss.

John Collins and Bryant Crawford are a dynamic duo.

John Collins is averaging 16.4 PPG and 8.8 RPG. The 6-10 sophomore displays excellent body control, skill, and athleticism to beat defenders offensively. The Demon Deacons have done a great job at finding Collins as he rolls to the basket for the high percentage lob pass. Collins is shooting an outstanding 59% from the field as well as 71% from the free-throw line. Collins also possesses a quick second jump which makes him a terror on the offensive glass.

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Pairing with Collins is guard Bryant Crawford who gives Wake scoring from the perimeter. Crawford is an athletic guard who likes to use his quickness and jumping ability to finish inside. This season Crawford is averaging 14.7 PPG while shooting 45% from the field. Head Coach Danny Manning likes to put Crawford in high ball screen action from the wing where he excels at turning the corner hard to get to the rim. In the UNC game, he was able to probe inside finishing 7-10 from the field for 22 points. In addition to scoring Crawford is second in the ACC in assists per game averaging 5.9.

Defensively the Deacons need to continue improving if they are going to take the next step as a team.

Many players openly talked about how they have got to get better on defense if they are going to win consistently. Sophomore Keyshawn Woods said after the Miami game that his team can be one of the top programs in the ACC if they defend start to finish. Defensively Wake Forest opponents are averaging 74.9 PPG and shooting  45% from the field. Wake needs to replicate their defensive effort in the first-half of the Miami game where they held the Canes to 35% shooting if they want to make some noise in the ACC.

Wake Forest has improved dramatically from a season ago. Power Forward John Collins gives the Deacons a matchup nightmare that teams struggle to defend. Bryant Crawford has the ability to score in bunches as well as play hard nose defense. Danny Manning wants his team to be more aggressive at attacking the paint and recognizing game situations. Offensively Wake can score with any team in the country although getting stops is what wins games. Can Wake Forest get stops consistently enough to finish in the top half of the ACC?

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NC State Men’s Basketball is Tied for the 20th Most NCAAT Wins Since 2020

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According to College Basketball Report, NC State’s Men’s Basketball team is tied for the 20th most NCAA Tournament wins since 2020.

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Yes, I’m fully aware that all 4 of those wins took place in this years NCAA Tournament, but I don’t care. STATS ARE STATS!

ACC Teams with the Most NCAAT Wins Since 2020

1. Duke – 8
2. UNC – 7
2. Miami – 7
4. NC State – 4
5. Clemson – 3

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The Basketball season is officially over, collegiately and professionally. Looking back at the data of viewers for Men’s & Women’s Basketball, as well as the NBA, the NC State Men’s Basketball team played in two of the Top-10 most watched games of the 2023-24 basketball season.

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NC State vs. Duke in the Elite 8 was the 2nd most watched basketball game of the year with 15.1 million viewers, trailing only Iowa vs. South Carolina in the Women’s College National Championship game. The Wolfpack’s game vs. the Boilermakers in the Final 4 ranked 9th, with 11.5 million viewers.

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DJ Burns talks keys to recent weight loss during Pre-Draft Workout with Pacers

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“Playing at the pace we played today. Doing the work we did today. I probably would have left out with a full body cramp a couple months ago.”

“Keep on improving my pace. Adjusting to the level and speed I’m going to have to play at, at all times.”

“Lots of running. Lots of figuring out which foods I can no longer have, which were almost all of them that I liked. So, just finding new ones that I do like that go along with the plan.”

“This is the third (workout), and I actually travel to Milwaukee tomorrow to workout with the Bucks. And then some more stuff being confirmed that I won’t speak on just yet.”

Burns has worked out for the Lakers, Pacers and Hornets up to this point.

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Listen to the full interview above.

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DJ Horne reads his new children’s book “Why Not Me? Why Not Us?” to Wake County Students

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DJ Horne was a huge reason NC State overcame the odds to win the ACC Tournament this past season. Now he’s trying to pass on the ‘Why not us!?” psyche to elementary school kids.

Horne was at Jones Dairy Elementary to read his new children’s book “Why not me? Why not us?” to students yesterday.

This is a pretty cool moment for Horne, who attended elementary school in Wake County (Reedy Creek Elementary School). He now gets to go back and tell his story, in hopes of inspiring the next generation.

The book is based loosely on his life growing up, and the adversity he overcame to become a champion.

Pick up the book today at Amazon.

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