Improvements are on the horizon for Wake Forest this season, but postseason expectations are still iffy for the Demon Deacons in 2013.
Entering Saturday, Wake Forest featured a 9-7 record overall, which included a 2-2 start within the ACC. A recent loss on the road at Clemson was a tough pill to swallow and now a trip to Virginia Tech is scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
Led by C.J. Harris and Travis McKie, head coach Jeff Bzdelik has had a solid one-two punch at his disposal. However, that’s literally all it’s been and the lack of balance on the offensive end is hurting the Demon Deacons’ push for improvement.
The team’s third leading scorer is Codi Miller-McIntyre, who currently enters Saturday averaging 7.8 points per game. Now Miller-McIntyre is only a freshman and the offensive statistic isn’t anything to be down on, but there is that large drop-off from Harris and McKie to their third best option.
Teams are able to defend Wake Forest more easily, knowing who their two primary weapons are on the offensive end. Why wouldn’t other squads want to force a freshman to hit big shots or take more shots?
On average, Harris is taking only one more shot per game than Miller-McIntyre, while McKie leads the team in that category at ten per contest. Yet, that’s the overall point. Harris and McKie are both averaging in double-figures on eight and ten shots, respectfully. Miller-McIntyre or any other player for that matter just doesn’t have that same scoring mentality.
It’s been a long couple years for Wake Forest, so Bzdelik knows that this team need to start producing. They do have the look of an improved team in 2012-13, but better balance may have them in a better position, there is no doubt about that.
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