AT A GLANCE
Records: North Carolina 22-3 (10-2 ACC), Wake Forest
Rankings: North Carolina is ranked No. 14 in the AP poll and No. 17 in the coaches' poll. Wake Forest is unranked.
TV: GoHeels TV. Tonight's game is available live online at GoHeels.com.
Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network, a division of Learfield Communications. Walter Storholt has the call. A link to the live stream can be found at GoHeels.com.
On The Web: GoHeels.com • Twitter: @UNCWBB • @UNCWBBCoach
WAKE FOREST SERIES NOTES
• North Carolina is 58-12 all-time against Wake Forest, including a 28-3 mark in Chapel Hill. Carolina has more wins over Wake Forest than any other opponent.
• After meeting at least twice in every season since 1983-84, the Tar Heels and Demon Deacons have met just once in each of the last seven seasons.
• UNC won the lone meeting in 2012, a 75-71 triumph in Winston-Salem.
• Carolina has won nine straight in the series and 12 of the last 3. Wake has defeated UNC just four times since 1991-92, with all four victories coming in Winston-Salem.
• Carolina leads the nation in steals (14.3 spg). The Tar Heels are 11th in blocks and 24th in FG% defense.
• Head coach Sylvia Hatchell is currently second all-time in career coaching wins with 901. With Sunday's win at Georgia Tech, Hatchell passed Jody Conradt (900) and trails only Pat Summitt (1,098) on the all-time list.
• UNC is 7-3 this season when tied or trailing at halftime. The Tar Heels were 9-29 in those situations the previous three seasons.
• Freshman Xylina McDaniel has been named ACC Rookie of the Week a league-best five times in 2012-13, with the most recent award coming Feb. 4. She leads all ACC freshmen in scoring (12.3 ppg), rebounding (7.3 rpg), steals (2.3 spg) and blocks (1.1 bpg).
• Senior Tierra Ruffin-Pratt is averaging a team-best 14.1 points per game this season. Entering 2012-13, her career scoring average in 84 games was 6.7 ppg.
• Senior Krista Gross is fifth in the ACC in rebounding with 8.6 rpg. Entering 2012-13, her career rebounding average in 95 games was 4.4 rpg.
LAST TIME OUT: No. 16 UNC 60, Georgia Tech 58
ATLANTA --- No. 16 North Carolina outscored Georgia Tech 11-4 over the game's final four minutes and three seconds and the Tar Heels held on for a 60-58 victory Sunday at McCamish Pavilion. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds and scored six of Carolina's final nine points to help seal UNC's 22nd win of the season and give Sylvia Hatchell sole possession of second place on the all-time wins list.
HATCHELL MAKES HISTORY WITH 900TH, 901ST WIN
With the win over Boston College on Feb. 7, Sylvia Hatchell became just the third women's coach in history to reach 900 career victories. Three days later, Hatchell, who enters Thursday's game with a career record of 901-317 in 38 seasons, passed Jody Conradt for second all-time in career wins. Only Pat Summitt (1,098) has won more games as a women's coach than Hatchell, who is also the active leader in wins, two ahead of Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer's 899.
TAR HEELS WIN TWENTY AGAIN IN 2013
• With the win over No. 20 Florida State on Jan. 31, UNC reached the 20-win mark for the 24th time in program history.
• Carolina has won 20 games under Sylvia Hatchell 19 times in 27 seasons and 11 times in the last 12 campaigns.
• The win on Jan. 31 marked the first time Carolina has reached 20 wins in January since the Final Four team of 2006-07. That squad started 24-0 and finished 34-4. The 34 wins stands as the single-season school record.
• Hatchell has coached her teams to at least 20 wins on 29 occasions in 38 seasons, tied for third-most nationally. Only Pat Summitt (36) and Vivian Stringer (32) have coached more 20-win seasons.
• In addition to her 19 20-win seasons in Chapel Hill, Hatchell teams won 20 or more games 10 times in 11 seasons at Francis Marion.
TAR HEELS IN CARMICHAEL ARENA
• Carolina is 422-94 all-time in Carmichael, including a 49-11 record since the building re-opened after being closed for renovations from March 2008 to December 2009.
• The Tar Heels have won at least 13 home games in each of the last 12 seasons, including a school-record 18 during an undefeated 2007-08 home campaign.
• UNC has lost just 20 home games since the start of the 2001-02 season. The Tar Heels have been even more stingy against non-conference opponents, losing at home just twice outside of league play in the last decade.
WINNING WITH DEFENSE
Carolina has been tenacious on the defensive end so far in 2012-13, holding opponents to just 58.2 points per game and 34.7 percent shooting from the field. The current school record for opponent scoring average is 55.0 points per game in 2006-07. The Tar Heels have won three times in 2012-13 when scoring fewer than 60 points, something that had only happened once since 2005 prior to this season.
On Jan. 6, Carolina established a new school record for fewest points in a win in the 48-45 victory over Virginia Tech, breaking a record that had stood since 1976. The Tar Heels currently rank in the top 25 in the nation in steals (1st), blocks (11th) and field-goal percentage defense (24th).
The numbers look even better when adjusted for Carolina's up-tempo style, as the Tar Heels are eighth in the country in points allowed per possession. According to WBBstate.com, UNC allows just 0.73 points per opponent possession.