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    HHC Game Essentials: Wake Forest Demon Deacons

    [caption id=attachment_468" align="alignleft" width="382" caption="Wake Forest only had 1 Senior on the 2010 squad and was going to return 10 this year.  They went 8-24 and brought back 5.  Oops]2010Wakeforest.jpg[/caption]

    Game Time: Wed, 11/30/2011 8:15 @ Devaney Dungeon
    Follow the game (via Huskers.com)

    Huskers on TV/Radio/Internet

    Television: ESPNU (DirecTV Ch. 208, Dish Ch. 141, Ch. 303/1303 on Time Warner Cable; Ch. 220 on Cox Cable)
    Play-by-Play: Mitch Holthus
    Color: Miles Simon

    Internet: ESPN3.com

    Radio: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network (including KLIN 1400 AM in Lincoln; KFAB 1110 AM in Omaha; KRVN 880 AM in Lexington)
    Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka
    Color: Matt Davison

    Internet Radio/Stats: Google it dude
    Satellite Radio: Ch. 85 on SiriusXM Radio

    bullet Game Notes vs. Wake Forest
    bullet Live Audio

    Mascot: Demon Deacon
    Conference: ACC
    Shirt color not to wear: Gold/Black/Clerical


    Opposing player to watch:  Travis McKie

    With no apologies to E.J. Singler or Nate Wolters, McKie will easily be the best player the Huskers have seen so far.  The 6-7, 210 LB potential NBA prospect is a match-up nightmare as in addition to his strong inside play he also has 3 pt range.  McKie also draws plenty of contract so the Huskers will need to be concerned about not letting him rack up points from the charity stripe.  Look for a combination of Toney McCray, Caleb Walker and maybe David Rivers attempt to slow McKie down.

    Opposing player to watch:  CJ Harris

    Last year CJ Harris had to fill in for an injured Tony Chennault at the point which meant he not only struggled at a position he'd never played but also struggled to do what he does: score.  Back at his natural 2-guard position, Harris has made more than half his shots and is putting up nearly 20 points a game.  Look for Brandon Richardson to spend most of his night making Harris earn those points...this isn't one of those guys you want to leave to help a teammate.


    Possible Lineups (Demon Deacons)

    Position Ht. Yr. PPG
    G Tony Chennault 6-2 So. 12.5
    G C.J. Harris 6-3 Jr. 19.5
    G Nikita Mescheriakov 6-8 Sr.   7.5
    G Travis McKie 6-7 So. 19.2
    F Carson Desrosiers 7-0 So.   5.0


    Possible Lineups (Huskers)

    Position Ht. Yr. PPG
    G Bo Spencer 6-2  Sr.  15.5
    G Brandon Richardson 6-0  Sr.   8.3
    G Caleb Walker 6-4  Sr.  10.5
    F Brandon Ubel 6-10  Jr.   5.5
    C Jorge Brian Diaz 6-11  Jr.  12.8


    When Skip Prosser tragically passed away in 2007, Wake Forest tabbed assistant Dino Gaudio as head coach.  While going 61-31 in three years, Gaudio's poor end of the season showings ended with Wake Forest giving him the Frank Solich special and canning a winning coach.  Thus, in 2010 they replaced a guy like Gaudio who couldn't win in the postseason with a guy who has never won in the postseason in former Colorado coach Jeff Bzdelik.

    Wake Forest basically self-destructed last year going 8-24 including a 1-15 ACC record.  A lot of the team ended up leaving and the Demon Deacons find themselves with 8 scholarship players in Lincoln. (Three of them are freshmen)  The Deacons are three man team of McKie and Harris along with PG Tony Chennault accounting for approximately 2/3rds of their scoring.  Despite the eight man rotation, Bzdelik does play a high tempo game and his teams will put up points given the chance.

    Wake has been pretty good about protecting the ball this year but has been killed on the boards.  Given the team the Dekes roll out expect to see a fair amount of Toney McCray assuming he can keep his head in the game.  Brian Jorge Diaz could hear a lot of "Hip Hip Jorges" as there isn't a big man on the team that should be able to stop him one-on-one.  Look for the Huskers to try and pressure Wake as this is a team that will fold when pushed.  If it's close at the end, you might want to stick around because the Huskers should pull it out.

    Prediction:  Huskers 77 - Wake Forest 68 with a 14% chance of Runzas

    P.S.  Student ticket holders can bring a student for free with a red shirt with every 1000th student to receive a free hug from Andre Almeida.

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