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UNC-Wake Forest storylines to note

The No. 15 North Carolina men’s basketball team heads to Winston-Salem tonight to take on Wake Forest in UNC’s sixth conference game of the season. The Tar Heels are 14-4 and 4-1 in ACC play, while the Demon Deacons are 9-9 and 1-4 in conference play. Here are a couple of storylines The Daily Tar Heel has highlighted for tonight’s game: (Daily Tar Heel)

One on One with Nate Britt

Point guard Nate Britt has been a spark off the bench for the Tar Heels in his sophomore season. In the off-season, he switched shooting hands, opting to shoot right-handed on jump shots but still shooting left-handed from the free throw line. Last week at NC State, he played important minutes down the stretch and hit a pair of free throws with three seconds remaining to keep the Wolfpack at bay. (GoHeels.com)

J.P. Tokoto more than just dunks

In J.P. Tokoto's junior season, the 6-foot-5 wing has become more than just a highlight reel. He leads UNC is assists with 4.2 per game, is third on the team in rebounds with 5.0 per game, and, surprisingly, leads the Tar Heels in three-point shooting percentage at 39.1%. Tokoto is fourth on the team in scoring with 9.1 points in 27.1 minutes per game. Most important, though, has been his defense. (Carolina Blue)

UNC-Louisville Gametime Announced

The January 31st game between North Carolina and Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville will begin at 4 p.m., the Atlantic Coast Conference and ESPN announced on Wednesday. The start time had been listed as either 4 or 7 p.m. ESPN's Dave O'Brien, Dick Vitale and Doris Burke will have the call for the contest in Louisville. (GoHeels.com)

Preview & Prediction: #15 UNC at Wake Forest

On the season UNC has played three teams ranked 100-200 in KenPom and won by an average of 23.3 points per game. This game stands to be a much tougher test than either of those games. If a focused Tar Heel teams shows up with solid offensive execution, the winning trend should continue. Anything short of that is going to be a wild ride. Prediction: UNC 81 Wake 74 (Tar Heel Blog)

Michael Jordan in tears as he accepts Business Person of the Year honor

An unexpectedly emotional Michael Jordan tossed aside his prepared remarks and spoke from the heart during a 10-minute speech Tuesday night to accept his award as the Charlotte Business Journal Business Person of the Year. Jordan, 51, spoke in the atrium of Time Warner Cable Arena before a sellout crowd of 350 people at the CBJ's Book of Lists Gala. (Charlotte Business Journal)

Spurs' Green gets Stuart Scott tribute shoes, denied permission to wear them in game

San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green on Monday received a special pair of custom shoes, honoring the late ESPN anchor Stuart Scott. Green, a Tar Heel like Scott, wanted to wear these "STU"- and "BOOYAH"-emblazoned shoes Tuesday at the Denver Nuggets. However, per the Express-News, Green was denied permission to wear the shoes before the game. (ESPN.com)

Improved Wake Forest set to take on UNC

The students who have been on semester break since Wake Forest’s 84-69 home loss to Minnesota on Dec. 2 might not recognize the team that will play 15th-ranked North Carolina today at 7 p.m. at Joel Coliseum. Coach Roy Williams of the Tar Heels can understand why. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Kansas ties bring Williams, Manning together for UNC-Wake matchup

Cohorts through Kansas ties, UNC's Roy Williams and Wake Forest's Danny Manning are now ACC counterparts. The Demon Deacons host the 15th-ranked Tar Heels on Wednesday, and Manning's transition from standout player to successful coach comes as no surprise to Williams. He took over the Jayhawks' program in 1988, after Manning carried Kansas to an improbable national title. (Fayetteville Observer)

To Kansas and back: Coaches for Tar Heels, Demon Deacons hold connection

Danny Manning had gone off to the NBA when Roy Williams was coaching at Kansas, but Williams knew the school’s former standout player often returned to Lawrence, Kan., and played pick-up games with the Jayhawks. Tonight it’s Williams, who coaches North Carolina, visiting Manning’s new turf when the 15th-ranked Tar Heels play at Wake Forest. (Burlington Times News)

Warriors call-up McAdoo earns game ball in NBA debut

James Michael McAdoo got to make his NBA debut after signing his 10-day contract earlier in the day, and it was one to remember. It was McAdoo who got the game ball after the game for scoring 11 points and grabbing five rebounds in 13 minutes. And it was defense that won him adoration from Oracle Arena crowd, which gave him a standing ovation after a blocked shot. (Santa Cruz Sentinel)

Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Wake Forest

On the surface UNC enjoys plenty of advantages. Wake Forest can be turnover prone and doesn't shoot the ball well. The Deacons prefer to play up-tempo which benefits UNC since most teams that try to play at the Tar Heels' pace often end up on the wrong end of things. Overall, UNC is the more efficient offensive team with the gap between the teams being closer on the defensive end. (Tar Heel Blog)

Jackson, Tar Heels ready to run at Wake Forest

The Tar Heels will be in Winston-Salem Wednesday evening to run, hopefully, against Wake Forest (7 p.m., ESPN2). The Demon Deacons aren’t doing much better in the ACC than Virginia Tech. The Hokies are 0-4 in the league. Wake Forest is 1-4 in the ACC but have the whole Tobacco Road thing going on. That turf war could be enough to motivate the Tar Heels, if their extra day of practice didn’t. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC men's JV basketball team does it for the love of the game

UNC is one of the few Division I schools — and the only one in the ACC — to still have a JV basketball program. It’s a fossil resulting from an old NCAA rule that prohibited freshmen from playing on the varsity team. When the rule was changed in 1972, most JV teams went extinct. But out on the Dean Dome floor, the 13 members of this year’s JV team continue to play for the love of the game. (Daily Tar Heel)

Tar Heels Head To Wake Forest

No. 15 North Carolina (14-4, 4-1 ACC) will aim for its fourth Atlantic Coast Conference win in a row when it visits Wake Forest (9-9, 1-4) on Wednesday night in the Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem. ESPN2 will televise the game nationally, and tipoff is set for just after 7 p.m. Bob Wischusen (play-by-play) and LaPhonso Ellis (analyst) will have the call. (GoHeels.com)

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North Carolina: 74
Villanova: 77
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ACC Basketball Standings
(3) North Carolina14-433-7
(4) Virginia13-529-8
(10) Miami13-527-8
(16) Louisville12-623-8
Notre Dame11-724-11
(19) Duke11-725-11
Virginia Tech10-820-15
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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