The hard rain has begun to fall

Clemson 74
Wake 73

Clemson is 2-1 in league play, and Wake drops to 0-2. I’ve been saying it for months, most recently here – and I wonder if anybody is starting to believe me: This is not a good Wake Forest team. I’m not sure it’s even a mediocre Wake team. And it will take an act of several gods working together for them to go .500 in the league. I just don’t see that many teams they can manage.

Some stray thoughts, in no particular order:

1: Trent Strickland is a classic role player who finds himself having to do a bit too much. This is because they don’t have a PG. It’s like with physical injuries – you tweak a muscle in one spot, then you wind up hurting something else on the other side of the body because you’re overcompensating.

2: Speaking of Trent, after his hotdog moment a few days back effectively destroyed what little chance Wake had against Duke, I’m not sure I’d have put him back in the game. That’s putting the team last, and it’s the last thing a team can afford.

3: Another lesson from watching Duke/Wake: when you see a shot of K up on the sideline hollering at his players, he’s usually telling them what to do. His enthusiasm is loaded with what we might call “actionable information.” When Skip is up, all too often he’s doing little more than clapping his hands and saying “let’s go.” That means something, and it’s not good.

4: It may be time to start to start angling toward next year. That means putting Swinton in the starting five and leaving him there. Once it becomes clear that you don’t have the team to win it now, then all efforts have to be about next year.

5: Prosser is a good recruiter when he’s not forgetting to find a PG to replace CP3, but he’s what I call a “24-letter alphabet” guy. He has the same alphabet as the rest of us, minus the X’s and O’s.

I just hope he doesn’t do so poorly this year that Cincy loses interest.

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2 thoughts on “The hard rain has begun to fall

  1. You’d better be careful
    # three almost…..sounds like a compliment.
    And yes, I believe you. This is not a good Wake team. They haven’t had an easy win since before the East Carolina game. Defense is a big scary issue for them.
    In the Duke game, no one could handle Redick in a man-to-man OR in a triangle and two.
    It wasn’t quite the prophesied 60 points, but close enough.

  2. Re: You’d better be careful
    >> three almost…..sounds like a compliment.
    It is. Just not for Prosser.
    >>And yes, I believe you. This is not a good Wake team. They haven’t had an easy win since before the East Carolina game. Defense is a big scary issue for them.
    You noticed that, did you? Their perimeter D is especially bad.

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