Introducing UNC's "death lineup"With graduate transfer Cam Johnson having made his way into the lineup the last two games after missing the first 11 contests, it creates an even more potent outside attack. The attack has led UNC to playing a ‘death lineup’ with forward Luke Maye playing the five, Johnson or Theo Pinson at the four, and Kenny Williams and Joel Berry II playing the two guard positions. (Daily Tar Heel)
Storylines: UNC vs. Wake ForestAfter an up-and-down nonconference slate, UNC will look to get off to a quick start in its ACC season. The Tar Heels dropped their conference opener last year against Georgia Tech. As a less talented squad than last season’s championship team, the Tar Heels can’t afford a slow start in a stacked ACC. Luckily for UNC, its opponent isn’t equipped for an upset. (Argyle Report)
Roy Williams Pre-Wake Forest Press Conference NotesUNC is shooting 39.6 percent from 3-point range this season, the Tar Heels’ highest percentage since 2005: “If they’re good shots I feel very confident,” Roy Williams said. “Kenny Williams, when he goes up I feel it’s a good shot. Joel Berry I feel confident, Jalek Felton at times I feel confident, Cam Johnson I feel confident. Those are the four that should take the most of them." (Rivals.com)
Know Your Opponent: Wake ForestDespite some early departures, the Demon Deacon offense is humming along nicely as we approach 2018. During a recent 6-game winning streak, Wake averaged better than 1.2 points per possession, including a 1.43 PPP effort against Army West Point. The 79-60 loss to Tennessee last Saturday marked just the second time all year that the Deacs failed to reach 1.0 PPP. (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heels Tidbits: Fedora on CFP show, UNC recruiting stats and moreLarry Fedora and the Tar Heels won’t play in a bowl this year, but the head coach will be making an appearance on CFP Coaches Film Room. The special show airs during the National Championship Game and features college coaches breaking down the game as it goes. Fedora will be joined by Matt Luke, Gary Patterson, Brett Bielema, Dino Babers and Dana Holgorsen. (Keeping It Heel)
Melee in '59 helped heat up rivalry between Tar Heels, DeaconsThe ACC had only been in existence three years when players from North Carolina and Wake Forest got into their first brawl, but that 1956 incident was nothing compared to the melee between the two teams in 1959. In between the fights was a narrow Tar Heel win – and a hotly disputed call – with mammoth implications. Fights were commonplace in those early days. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Cameron Johnson using holiday break to attack his return for UNCThe end of the semester couldn’t have come at a better time, allowing Cameron Johnson to get in the gym, working on his conditioning while getting extra shots up in preparation for UNC’s ACC opener against Wake Forest on Saturday in Chapel Hill. “I feel like I’m making strides every day still,” Johnson said. “The last week-and-a-half has done a lot for me.” (Greensboro News & Record)
Roy Williams Seeking Balance as UNC Enters ACC PlayWith ACC play and the new calendar year rapidly approaching, this period provides a solid mid-way point for Roy Williams to assess his team’s performance. While the Tar Heels sit at 11-2 heading into conference play, the season seems to be highlighted by the have-nots, including an ugly dismantling at the hands of Wofford at home, rather than the haves. (Inside Carolina)
Video: Roy Williams Pre-Wake Forest Press ConferenceNorth Carolina head basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media on Friday prior to the Tar Heels' ACC-opening game against Wake Forest on Saturday in Chapel Hill.
Video: Luke Maye Pre-Wake Forest Press ConferenceNorth Carolina forward Luke Maye speaks with the media on Friday prior to the Tar Heels' ACC-opening game against Wake Forest on Saturday in Chapel Hill.
Video: Cameron Johnson Pre-Wake Forest Press ConferenceNorth Carolina forward Cameron Johnson speaks with the media on Friday prior to the Tar Heels' ACC-opening game against Wake Forest on Saturday in Chapel Hill.
UNC vs. Wake Forest PreviewSaturday’s ACC opener will be a chance for each team to show off their proficiency from beyond the arc. Wake Forest shoots 38.8 percent from three as a team, while UNC shoots 39.6 percent from the perimeter. While sporting slightly better statistics from beyond the arc, the pressure will be heavier on the Tar Heels to prevent the Demon Deacons from getting hot from the outside. (Inside Carolina)
Chansky’s Notebook: ACC Test BeginsRoy Williams has dominated the ACC regular season, finishing first eight times, more than any other school and coach during his Tar Heel tenure. His now 13th-ranked team is a heavy favorite to defeat Wake Forest, who is 7-5 and next to last in wins and losses in the ACC. The Tar Heels are 11-2 but a long way from proving they can contend for a third straight Final Four. (Chapelboro.com)
ACC Basketball Reset: How many contenders are there?Luke Maye is a star. Maye’s career path is astounding. He went from agreeing to initially walk-on at North Carolina to becoming a sensation in UNC’s run to a national championship last season. He’s proving he’s no novelty act this season. Maye is averaging a double-double while shooting 52.8 percent from the floor and 45.9 percent from 3-point range. (NBC Sports)
Video: Shea Rush makes shot from upper level of Dean DomeNorth Carolina sophomore forward Shea Rush sinks an incredible trick shot from the upper level of the Dean Dome with the video assist from teammate Brandon Robinson.
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|Reed (Clemson) 21 pts; Pinson (UNC) 12 pts;|
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|Spalding (Louisville) 23 pts; Geben (Notre Dame) 22 pts;|
|Stewart (Pitt) 23 pts; Howard (Syracuse) 18 pts;|
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