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February 5, 2013

WFU - UNC Capsule

Basketball Preview

 

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

Location: 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
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Game Preview Thoughts

Illness/injury

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 Hubert.

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

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 down."

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 Carolina  (15-6, 5-3)

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)

2012-2013 ACC Standings

North Carolina
 
Head Coach - Roy Williams (272-74 at UNC; 690-175 overall)

Rankings - AP: NR, USA Today: NR, RPI: 32

Last starting line-up for North Carolina (against Virginia Tech)
 
F - Desmond Hubert
F - Reggie Bullock
F - James Michael McAdoo
G - Dexter Strickland

G - Marcus Paige
 
Stats
 
(Team)
 
Points: 78.7 PPG (8th overall)
 
Rebounds: 42.4 RPG (2nd overall)
 
Assists: 18.2 APG (3rd overall)
 
Field goal percentage: .445 (118th overall)
 
(Individual)
 
Scoring: James Michael McAdoo (15.0 PPG) Reggie Bullock (13.6 PPG)
 
Rebounding:  James Michael McAdoo (8.6 RPG) Reggie Bullock (5.8 RPG)
 
Assists:  Marcus Paige (4.5 APG) Dexter Strickland (4.0 APG)
 
Wake Forest

Head Coach - Jeff Bzdelik (31-53 at WFU; 142-158 overall)

Rankings - AP: NR, USA Today: NR, RPI: 123

Stats
 
(Team)
 
Points: 67.8 (163rd overall)
 
Rebounds: 32.9 (251st overall)
 
Assists: 11.4 (281st overall)
 
Field goal percentage: .431 (175th overall)
 
(Individual)

Scoring:  Travis McKie (15.0 PPG) C.J. Harris (14.5 PPG)
 
Rebounding:  Travis McKie (7.9 RPG) Devin Thomas (7.3 RPG)
 
Assists: Codi Miller-McIntyre (2.6 APG) Madison Jones (2.0 APG)
 
Last starting line-up for Wake Forest (against Maryland)
 
F - Travis McKie
F - Devin Thomas
G - C.J. Harris
G - Codi Miller-McIntyre

G - Madison Jones

Last Season's Meeting

January 31, 2012
Winston-Salem
68-53 UNC

 



 

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