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Heels prep for Wake

Wake Forest (10-11, 3-6 ACC) at North Carolina (15-6, 5-3 ACC)

James Michael McAdoo is considered probable after tweaking his back Saturday.

Tipoff: 7 p.m.
Site: Smith Center, Chapel Hill
Television: ESPNU (Tom Hart, Len Elmore)


North Carolina (15-6, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) will host Wake Forest (10-11, 3-6 ACC) on Tuesday night aiming for its sixth win in its last seven games. The Tar Heels and Demon Deacons will tip off just after 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the Smith Center.

After starting ACC play 0-2 in early January, Carolina has won five of six games in the last three and a half weeks. The run started with a win at Florida State (Jan. 12), followed by back-to-back home wins over Maryland (Jan. 19) and Georgia Tech (Jan. 23). The Tar Heels lost at NC State (Jan. 26), then bounced back with wins at Boston College and at home over Virginia Tech last week.

The Demon Deacons enter Tuesday’s game at 10-11 overall, 3-6 in conference play. Wake Forest lost 86-60 at Maryland on Saturday and has lost three in a row since beating N.C. State on Jan. 22.

Carolina went 1-0 against the Demon Deacons in each of the last two seasons, and the longtime, in-state opponents will meet just once this regular season for the third year in a row. UNC has won seven of the last nine matchups in the series, including three in a row.

A look ahead ...

After Tuesday’s game, Carolina will play back-to-back road games at Miami on Saturday afternoon and at Duke next Wednesday night. With a home game against Virginia (Feb. 16) and at Georgia Tech (Feb. 19) to follow, three of the next four UNC games will be on the road.

J.P. Tokoto's scoring production has increased through increased time via injuries to UNC's veteran wings.

The series vs. Wake Forest

Carolina leads the all-time series against Wake Forest, 154-65. The Tar Heels have beaten the Demon Deacons in seven of the last nine meetings, including three in a row.

Carolina leads the series 71-19 in Chapel Hill and 18-5 in the Smith Center. The Tar Heels have won three of their last four games against Wake Forest at home.

The longtime, in-state rivals will meet just once this season, marking the third year in a row UNC and Wake Forest have only met once in the regular season. In 2012, the Tar Heels won 68-53 in Winston-Salem. In 2011, UNC won a 78-64 decision in Chapel Hill.

UNC has won more games (154) against Wake Forest than any other opponent.

Roy Williams is 10-5 vs. Wake Forest as a head coach, including an 8-4 record as the Carolina head coach. That 8-4 record at UNC includes a 5-2 mark in Winston-Salem and a 3-2 record in Chapel Hill. Williams was 2-1 against Wake Forest while coaching at Kansas.

Tar Heel Tidbits

Though he missed the Virginia Tech game due to a concussion, P.J. Hairston has scored 48 points in his last 46 minutes played.

James Michael McAdoo has 22 offensive rebounds in the last seven games (3.1 per game).

McAdoo has posted three consecutive double-doubles and four in the last five games.

J.P. Tokoto has scored 21 points in the last four games after scoring just seven points in his first four ACC games combined.

Roy Williams needs 10 wins to reach the 700-win plateau.

Marcus Paige out-scored Virginia Tech by himself, 8-5, in overtime in Saturday’s
win over the Hokies.

On Wake Forest …

Leading scorer Travis McKie (15.0) has been on fi re from behind the arc of late.

Over the past five games, McKie has gone 11-for-20 from 3-point range for 55 percent. Over the past seven games (since the BC game), McKie has hit 14 of his 23 total 3-pointers for the season. He has gone 14-for-26 for 53.8 percent during the seven-game stretch.

Going into the B.C. game, McKie had made 9-of-35 3-point attempts for 25.7 percent.

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