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North Carolina routes Wake Forest 87-62

Posted February 5, 2013

FINAL: North Carolina defeats Wake Forest 87-62 behind 23 points, two rebounds and three assists from Reggie Bullock.

6:18 second half, 78-47 UNC: James Michael McAdoo and Reggie Bullock have both scored 20 points or more for the first time all year. The Heels continue to lead Wake Forest as the second half is winding down. 

11:50 second half, 66-40 UNC: Wake Forest's 18 turnovers and 1-11 shooting from the three-point line are easily allowing North Carolina to stay ahead. The Heels lead 66-40 with just under 12 minutes left in the game.

16:45 second half, 56-31 UNC: James Michael McAdoo and Reggie Bullock have a combined 28 points as the two are continuing to lead the team over Wake Forest in the second half. The Tar Heels are on a 22-5 run as Wake struggles to make shots.

Halftime, 47-27 UNC: North Carolina pulled away at the end of the first half as Wake Forest struggles to hold onto the ball or find the basket. The Deacons have 13 turnovers and nine field goals. 

2:05 first half, 42-27 UNC: James Michael McAdoo continues to lead the Heels with nine points and PJ Hairston has knocked in his first bucket of the game. The Heels lead Wake Forest late in the first half. 

7:55 first half, 28-19 UNC: North Carolina maintains the lead over Wake Forest but the basketball has not been pretty, with nine turnovers from Wake and five from North Carolina. James Michael McAdoo leads the Heels with seven points.

11:48 first half, 18-15 UNC: Both squads are shooting over 50% as North Carolina is keeping a lead over Wake Forest in the first. Seven Tar Heels have scored a bucket and the previously injured PJ Hairston has added an assist during his playing time.

13:44 first half, 10-5 UNC: North Carolina leads Wake Forest 10-5 after five minutes of play in Chapel Hill as the injured PJ Hairston has entered the game for the first time.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons head to the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill with the hopes of upsetting the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Jeff Bzdelik's Demon Deacons suffered an 86-60 setback at Maryland on Saturday to mark their third consecutive loss and fifth in six games. Wake Forest is now 3-6 in the ACC standings, giving it just one win more than Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, and Boston College, who are all tied in last place. It did manage to pull off a very surprising triumph over NC State by outscoring the Wolfpack, 51-37, in the second half just before the beginning the current slide.

North Carolina started ACC play out with two straight losses, but it has since rebounded with five wins in six games, including 12-point victories over Boston College and Virginia Tech in its last two outings. Roy Williams's team is one of the best statistically in the nation, ranking eighth in scoring offense (78.7), second in rebounds (42.4), and third in assists (18.2). The Tar Heels will be tough to beat in Chapel Hill, where they have lost only once in 11 games this campaign.

UNC leads the all-time series with Wake Forest by a 154-65 margin. The teams have split their past 16 meetings since 2001-02. In the Deacons' most recent trip to Chapel Hill, the No. 19-ranked Tar Heels picked up a 78-64 win on Feb. 15, 2011.

Wake Forest was completely outplayed when it visited College Park over the weekend. Travis McKie led the team with 15 points and six rebounds while Codi Miller-McIntrye chipped in 14 points, but the Terrapins shot 67.3 percent from the field and limited the Demon Deacons to 34.4 percent shooting. Wake Forest was outrebounded, 42-21, and allowed Maryland to connect on 11-of-16 attempts from beyond the arc in the contest. McKie leads the team in both scoring and rebounding this season, posting 15.0 ppg and 7.9 rpg. Harris is just behind him in scoring with 14.5 ppg, while hitting on 42.0 percent from long range. The Deacon Demons need to focus more on the defensive end of the court, where they allow just over 70 ppg to their own average of 67.8 ppg.

UNC may still be without sophomore guard P.J. Hairston, who suffered a concussion at Boston College, as his status for Tuesday has not been determined. The Tar Heels got off to a slow start in their most recent appearance, as they fell behind by 12 points to Virginia Tech. Freshman point guard Marcus Paige set a new career-high with 19 points as UNC outscored the Hokies, 72-48, the rest of the way to collect the overtime victory. Sophomore forward James Michael McAdoo registered his third consecutive double-double with 22 points and 10 boards. McAdoo paces UNC with 15.0 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Reggie Bullock is second in the scoring column at 13.6 ppg.

The Demon Deacons are a few pieces away from competing with the top tier teams in the ACC. Their victory over NC State showed there is some talent present, but the team will struggle on the road until Miller-McIntyre, Devin Thomas, and Tyler Cavanaugh gain more experience. The Tar Heels should coast to an easy decision behind McAdoo's interior dominance.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: North Carolina 88, Wake Forest 72


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  • StunGunn Feb 5, 2013

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    I don't see Carolina winning in Miami. They beat the Heels in the Dome, without Johnson. Carolina has improved, but I don't think they'll be the first ACC team that beats Miami, especially at the U.

  • StunGunn Feb 5, 2013

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    I actually have a lot of respect for Wake Forest. Jim Grobe is a first class man, and a terrific coach,. I think Wake runs clean programs.

  • StunGunn Feb 5, 2013

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    That's good news. I don't like to see schools fire coaches without giving them a fair shot. Wake is young. In addition to them having a tough time on the road, I think even their best three players had an off night. Carolina's D may have had something to do with that, but I think they are better than how they played tonight.

  • Turheel Feb 5, 2013

    After State beats Duke Thursday night, UNC will be tied with Duke for 2nd in the ACC. Until Saturday!

  • PanthersFan45 Feb 5, 2013

    A convincing win for the Heels tonight, it will be interesting to see how they fair in Miami on saturday. The Hurricanes have yet to have anyone in the conference even come close to them when they are at home, they are winning their games by 20-30 points at home. Reggie Johnson is back for Miami and they look even better (Carolina didn't see him in the 1st meeting). They are ranked #8 and if the Heels are to convince anyone they deserve an NCAA bid that WILL be the ideal place to do it. I don't think it will happen, but you never know.

  • ugottabkiddinme Feb 5, 2013

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    Best part is that come Thursday the Heels will be 2 games ahead of that state college, you know the one that was said to be headed to a National Championship this year, and the heels are in a rebuilding year no less...ROFL

  • VT1994Hokie Feb 5, 2013

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    You're right. Wellman. I will agree with your posting.

  • 903 mens national championships Feb 5, 2013

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    The one Duke and State played last week was the Wake home team.

    UNC got the Wake road team, the one that plays like RPI #149.

  • 903 mens national championships Feb 5, 2013

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    I think you mean Wellman. But that's ok, it's not like anyone here cares about Wake Forest except when they play Duke, State or UNC.

  • VT1994Hokie Feb 5, 2013

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    He's a good friend of Wiseman prior to coming to Wake. I don't know.




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