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Inside job: Tar Heels dominate the post to beat Deacons

North Carolina pulled an inside job Wednesday night and made off clean with an 83-68 victory over Wake Forest at the Smith Center. The second-ranked Tar Heels made only three baskets from outside eight feet, yet dominated from start to finish on the way to their 10th-straight victory. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Defensive struggles leave Tar Heels unsatisfied

In the 2015-16 season, the No. 2 North Carolina men’s basketball team has intimidated its opponents with a lightning-quick tempo and a dangerously explosive offense.But in its 83-68 victory over Wake Forest (10-8, 1-5 ACC) Wednesday night at the Smith Center, the Tar Heels showed glimpses of defensive intensity. Defenders swiped at balls, smacked shot attempts and closed out on the perimeter. (Daily Tar Heel)

Brice Johnson's added grit on rebounds pleases Roy Williams

Brice Johnson walked toward the UNC bench and slapped hands with a smiling Roy Williams. What elicited such a feel-good show of appreciation from Williams in an 83-68 win against Wake Forest? After Johnson grabbed a defensive rebound, he used both hands and extended two elbows to keep possession of the ball while a pair of Wake players surrounded him. (Fayetteville Observer)

Marcus Paige Remains Confident

Off nights happen. The concern for Marcus Paige is that his current string of off nights dates back three games. Since scoring 30 points on 10-of-21 shooting (5-of-9 from 3) at Florida State 16 days ago, the Marion, Iowa native has scored eight points on 3-of-25 shooting (1-of-17 from 3), which represents the worst shooting stretch of his career. (Inside Carolina)

Caleb Pressley's UNC Basketball Recap: Blowouts Aren’t Enough Anymore

If you watched the game tonight, then you already know what happened. It’s the elephant in the room, so I’m going to address it. If we’re going to keep blowing teams out, we’re going to need our bench to step up. No, not our 6th man. No, not our 7th. I’m talking about the last squad that hit the floor tonight. The walk-ons. (Barstool Sports)

Marcus Paige isn't concerned, and he's got a convincing argument

North Carolina fans are curious. So were the reporters who surrounded Marcus Paige after UNC's 83-68 win against Wake Forest. Why aren't his shots falling, and when will his mini-slump end? Neither of those questions are a source of concern for Paige. They barely merited responses, based on his reaction. (Fayetteville Observer)

Lucas: Trust The Process

Forrest Reynolds and John Bumgarner tell the stories like they’re recounting Chapel Hill legends. Marcus Paige, you see, has the same post-practice shooting routine every day. As Carolina basketball managers, they have a front row seat for his regular marksmanship displays. Here’s what you have to know: we don’t realize how good at basketball Tar Heel players really are. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Win Despite Poor Practice Prep

After building a 46-30 lead at halftime by forcing 12 turnovers and holding the Demon Deacons to 33.3 percent shooting, UNC (17-2, 6-0 ACC) failed in its ability to send it its longtime rival back down Tobacco Road with a demoralizing defeat. Instead, the Tar Heels shot 26.5 percent after halftime, the worst percentage in a half this season. (Inside Carolina)

Roy Williams dissatisfied with Wake Forest week, win

Roy Williams got mad at his team during practice Monday and decided to see if “any of (his players) could qualify for the track team.” The Tar Heels ran “79’s”– down-and-back sprints the length of the hardwood in a minute and 19 seconds – as they prepared for the Demon Deacons. It was the first time Joel Berry II remembers that drill being used. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Ross' Reactions: UNC 83, Wake Forest 68

Despite an overall sloppy affair and a poor shooting night from the Tar Heels, UNC was able to dominate Wake Forest from the get-go and extend their win streak to 10 games. Considering how the Tar Heels shot it was miraculous that UNC was able to maintain a double-digit lead for the majority of the game. It was one of UNC's worst shooting nights of the season. (Carolina Blue)

UNC 83 Wake Forest 68: Three Observations

Brice Johnson continues to be really good. Nothing smooths out those low-scoring games like bouncing back with 27 points. Johnson has had two forgettable games in ACC play and in two other games he has scored 39 and 27 points. The latter happened tonight and, coupled with 11 rebounds, carried the Tar Heels when Marcus Paige and Justin Jackson continued to struggle. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC-Wake Forest Postgame Quotes

Roy Williams: "We won. I’m as happy as I can possibly be. It wasn’t very pretty. Wake struggled, and so did we. We shoot 26 percent in the second half. Everybody shows up to my weekly press conference and talks about what a great shooting team we are; remember don’t ask me that question any more." (GoHeels.com)

UNC-Wake Forest Postgame Notes

Carolina had a season-high 15 steals, 10 of which came in the first half that led to 17 points off turnovers. UNC matched its season-high with 24 free throws and attempted a season-high 32 shots from the line. One Tar Heel (Brice Johnson) scored in double figures, the first time UNC has had only one player in double figures since a loss vs. Miami on 1/8/14 (James Michael McAdoo). (GoHeels.com)

Video: Brice Johnson's 27 Leads UNC Over Wake Forest - Highlights

Brice Johnson logged another double-double and the Tar Heels grabbed a season-high 15 steals in the 83-68 victory over Wake Forest on January 20, 2016. View Video...

Recap: UNC 83, Wake Forest 68

The story of the game was Brice Johnson's 27 points and 11 rebounds. He was 8-12 from the floor and 11-12 at the free throw line, continuing his excellent free throw shooting. Three other Tar Heels hovered just below the double digit barrier. Kennedy Meeks, Joel Berry and Isaiah Hicks each had nine points while Justin Jackson had eight. (Tar Heel Blog)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
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North Carolina: 74
Louisville: 63
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UNC vs. Duke
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ACC Basketball Standings
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(10) Duke10-522-6
(19) Florida State10-522-6
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
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(18) Virginia8-718-9
Georgia Tech7-816-12
Wake Forest7-916-12
NC State4-1215-14
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