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Meeks Gets Smart, Ignites Decisive Runs

To hear Roy Williams say it, the difference between losing and winning for North Carolina on Wednesday night was thinking Kennedy Meeks outweighing non-thinking Kennedy Meeks. Thus, the Tar Heels won, escaping Wake Forest, 93-87, at Joel Coliseum on a night the Heels nearly blew a 19-point, second-half lead. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UNC-Wake Forest Postgame Notes

It was the first time this season all five Tar Heel starters scored in double figures, led by Justin Jackson with 19, Joel Berry II and Kennedy Meeks with 18 each. The win was Roy Williams' 798th career victory. He has 72 ACC road victories, the most in the last 14 years in the ACC. UNC is now 122-4 under Williams when scoring 90 or more points. (GoHeels.com)

Vince Carter is a pro athlete with whom I can identify

Most of Vince Carter's co-workers are 22. I wonder who he hangs out with on the road, and who gets his pop-culture references? When you're Vince Carter, the hot NBA dancers of your youth now have office jobs and kids in middle school. When you’re 40 and all you’ve ever done is play basketball, this is your life, for better or worse. His face seemed to bear all of that. (Jackson Sun)

George Karl Q&A: 'This Isn't What I Wanted'

There are few hard, fast rules about publishing. But when your book tour doubles as a rehab tour, chances are you’ve written something explosive. George Karl’s memoir was supposed to drop on Jan. 10. But when excerpts of “Furious George: My Forty Years Surviving NBA Divas, Clueless GM’s and Poor Shot Selection" seeped out before Christmas, a full-blown cause celebre preceded publication. (Sports Illustrated)

Joel Berry, Justin Jackson Named to Midseason Wooden Award Top 25

The race for college basketball’s version of the Heisman Trophy was narrowed down to 25 candidates on Wednesday, with a pair of Tar Heels making the cut. Point guard Joel Berry and small forward Justin Jackson were each listed among the Wooden Award’s Midseason Top 25 after their hot starts have helped No. 11 UNC get off to a 15-3 start this season. (Chapelboro.com)

Small Lineups, Big Problems: Part I

With concussion-like symptoms sidelining Tony Bradley, and fouls plaguing Luke Maye and Isaiah Hicks, Roy Williams resorted to small-ball in Wednesday’s win at Wake Forest. And, while the small-ball units can’t be blamed exclusively for the 53-point second-half outburst that UNC allowed, they certainly failed to stop the bleeding on the defensive end. (The Secondary Break)

On a night when the Tar Heels need him, Kennedy Meeks comes through

After Wednesday night’s 93-87 win at Wake Forest, the talk about Kennedy Meeks in Tar Heels circles should be unequivocal. On a weird night that saw the No. 11 Tar Heels (15-3 overall, 3-1 ACC) nearly blow a 19-point lead and get perilously thin along the front line, Meeks was a sturdy constant, making big plays down the stretch in a gutsy road win. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC's Second-Half Defensive Breakdown

It wasn’t until Wake Forest fell behind by 19 points early in the second half that it switched on its attack mode, and then it became a matter of No. 11 North Carolina attempting, and oftentimes failing, at cobbling together defense stops to secure a 93-87 victory. UNC was called for 16 fouls after halftime, which resulted in four different players picking up four fouls. (Inside Carolina)

Lucas: They're Getting It

Justin Jackson gets it. The Tar Heel junior had just finished plunging a dagger deep into a surprisingly hearty Wake Forest crowd of 13,159, drilling a three-pointer with a minute left that provided just enough cushion for a 93-87 victory. The shot was Jackson’s third three-pointer on his way to a team-high 19 points, but it was the after-effect that even he couldn’t help but notice. (GoHeels.com)

Video: UNC Players Post-Wake Forest Interviews

Several North Carolina basketball players spoke with the media following the Tar Heels' 93-87 win over Wake Forest in Winston-Salem on Wednesday. Here are their video interviews: Isaiah Hicks, Kennedy Meeks, Joel Berry, Theo Pinson

Roy Williams Post-Wake Forest Quotes

Did you have any issue with the contact when Tony Bradley fell? Roy Williams: “No. I didn’t really see it clearly, but I didn’t have any conflict with Danny [Manning]. Danny Manning is one of the greatest players and people I’ve ever been around in my life. He helped me a great deal when I was at Kansas. I really didn’t have any qualm around the call.” (Inside Carolina)

Video: Roy Williams Post-Wake Forest Press Conference

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media following the Tar Heels' 93-87 win over Wake Forest on Wednesday in Winston-Salem. View Video...

Recap: UNC 93, Wake Forest 87

A well-rounded offensive game by North Carolina allowed UNC to extend their ACC winning streak to three games. It was a closer affair than the N.C. State game on Saturday, but despite getting in foul trouble and questionable defense in the second half, UNC made enough plays to win. Five Tar Heels scored in double digits in a classic, balanced scoring affair. (Carolina Blue)

Video: Danny Manning Post-UNC Press Conference

Wake Forest basketball coach Danny Manning speaks with the media following the Demon Deacons' 93-87 loss to North Carolina on Wednesday in Winston-Salem View Video...

Video: Tar Heels outlast Demon Deacons on the road, 93-87 - Highlights

All five starters score in double figures for the Tar Heels as North Carolina pulls away late from an inspired Wake Forest squad in Winston-Salem, 93-87. View Video...

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 85
Syracuse: 68
Mon, Jan 16 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Boston College
Sat, Jan 21, 12:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC vs. Virginia Tech
Thu, Jan 26, 8:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Miami
Sat, Jan 28, 1:00 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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Grantham (Clemson) 11 pts; Mitchell (Louisville) 18 pts;
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ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(9) North Carolina5-117-3
(10) Florida State5-117-2
(15) Notre Dame5-116-3
(12) Louisville4-216-3
(16) Virginia4-214-3
Virginia Tech3-314-4
Georgia Tech3-311-7
Syracuse3-311-8
(18) Duke2-314-4
Miami2-311-5
NC State2-413-6
Wake Forest2-411-7
Boston College2-49-10
Pittsburgh1-512-7
Clemson1-511-7

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