1. Did we really learn anything when Wake Forest traveled to Durham to face Duke on Saturday? Other than Ryan Kelly is very good at playing HORSE from the three point line and that Wake Forest resembles anything but a well coached team the Blue Devils need their game versus NC State to answer questions about how good the Blue Devils truly are. Duke is the best team in the league thus far, but a couple of their out of conference wins are not as impressive as we first thought. Ohio state and Kentucky have struggle but the win over Louisville was solid for the Blue Devils.
2. NC State being criticized for how they won on the road in the ACC is a sign of the improvement Mark Gottfried has ignited in the program in just his second season. Even the best teams have struggles on the road in the ACC, but the Wolfpack did not play hard on the defensive end and to compete with Duke that is a part of the game that must change. CJ Leslie may be the Wolfpack’s most talented player, but he also is the most inconsistent. Leslie is starting to remind me of Rashad McCants in Roy Williams first season where he just looked disengaged specifically that Kentucky game in Lexington. NC State if it has any final four hopes needs Leslie to play with energy. Grabbing five rebounds just won’t cut it down the road as the front courts become bigger and stronger.
3. Quinn Cook is quickly becoming one of the best point guards in the league. Cook handed out 14 assists against the Deamon Deacons and committed only one turnover. Focus was made on his shooting performance where he was 0-11 from the floor, but his shots were in control and within Dukes offense that he has been orchestrating effectively. Cook has great vision and when watching him pass to Dukes wing players the ball is placed perfectly for quick releases by Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly. I do not have an issue with his missed shots because the Blue Devils will need him to make plays in post season as UNC needed Kendall Marshall to provide scoring last season to make teams pay for doubling primary scorers.
4. Seth Allen and Jake Lathem had out of their mind performances versus Virginia Tech Saturday. Allen who averages 4.4 points a game scored a career high 21 and Lathem added 20 to route the Hokies in College Park. Maryland may be 13-1 on the year, but the Terrapins most impressive win was Saturday and before that they had beaten no one in non conference play that remotely stands out. Maryland could very well be 3-0 in league play before they face North Carolina State.
Topics: Wake Forest Demon Deacons