Alex Conway & John Gwaltney Jr TarHeelIllustrated.com Staff
The Wake Forest
Demon Deacons roll into Chapel Hill Tuesday night to take on the
North Carolina Tar Heels.
Wake Forest will find themselves in a contest
with a basketball team that is a little banged up.
During his weekly radio show UNC Head Coach Roy
Williams said that he didn't expect P.J. Hairston to participate
against the in-state rival and that his team has seen an illness
spread throughout his locker room
Wake Forest at a glance
Winston-Salem, North Carolina Nickname: Demon Deacons Colors: Old Gold & Black Conference: ACC Arena: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum (14,665) 2011-2012 Record: 13-18 (4-12) Last Game: L 86-60 on Feb. 2, 2013 at Maryland Last Game vs. UNC: L 68-53 on Jan. 31, 2012 in
Winston-Salem More on the Demon Deacons: Schedule
Game Preview Thoughts
It hasn't been a fun week for Hairston.
He suffered a concussion against Boston College last Monday that
kept him out of Saturday's game against Virginia Tech and will most
likely keep him out against Wake Forest.
On top of his head injury he has also come down with flu-like
symptoms, something that has also affected starting forward Desmond
Along with Hairston and Hubert, UNC's leading scorer James
Michael McAdoo has also been limited in practice this week because
of a sore back.
Williams expects McAdoo and Hubert to play while Hairston sits
out his second straight game.
Reggie Bullock has not shot the ball well in the last three
games. The North Carolina native has only hit on 31 percent of
his field goal attempts over that stretch, something Williams says
comes from the grind of a college basketball season.
"I think it's a long season," said Williams. "You can't be at a
high, high level every single game. Your play's going to go up and
Williams has confidence that Bullock will eventually turn around
his shooting woes. Given that UNC won't be anywhere near 100
percent against the Demon Deacons, Tuesday night would be a great
time to break the funk.
Bullock has been the leader of this year's UNC squad and his
leadership will need to come in the form of offensive production
against Wake Forest.
A tale of two courts
In ACC play, Wake Forest has been drastically better at home than
they are on the road.
Fortunately for Tar Heels fans, Tuesday night's game is being
played at the Dean Dome in Chapel Hill.
Wake Forest has yet to win a road ACC game (0-5). Not only
that, but they have only had one close road loss against Virginia
Tech. When Wake Forest has gone on the road in the ACC they
have lost by an average margin of 16.2 PPG.
At home, the Demon Deacons are 3-1 with their only loss coming at
the hands of Duke. Their three victories were against North
Carolina State, Boston College and Virginia. Two of those
three teams have beaten North Carolina this year.
It will be interesting to see if North Carolina's
injuries/illnesses will neutralize the troubles Wake Forest has had
away from their home venue or if North Carolina can keep up the
averages working against Wake Forest.
Wake Forest (10-11, 3-6) vs. North
Date: Tue, Feb 5,
2013 Time: 7:00 PM EST Venue:
Dean E. Smith Center (21,750) TV:ESPNU Radio: Tar Heel Sports
Network & SiriusXM (Sirius 123, XM 190) Series: UNC leads, 154-65
(including 71-19 in Chapel Hill and 18-5 in the Smith Center)