J.P. Tokoto and his teammates will open ACC play on Sunday night at Wake Forest.
J.P. Tokoto and his teammates will open ACC play on Sunday night at Wake Forest.
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Tar Heels Open ACC Play At Wake
Release: 01/05/2014
CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina (10-3) will play its first Atlantic Coast Conference game of the 2013-14 season and its first game of the 2014 calendar year on Sunday night when it plays at Wake Forest (10-3) in a nationally-televised contest.

The Tar Heels and Demon Deacons will tip off just after 8 p.m. on Sunday at the Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem.

The game will be Carolina's first away from home in more than a month.  UNC's last trip away from the Smith Center was a 79-65 win at No. 1 Michigan State on Dec. 4.

ESPNU will televise Sunday's game nationally with Adam Amin (play-by-play), Jay Williams (analyst) and Quint Kessenich (reporter) on the call.  The contest also will be carried nationally on satellite radio by XM (channel 85) and Sirius (channel 85).

Carolina, ranked No. 19 in both national polls this week for the second week in a row, has won six of its last seven games, including wins over then-No. 1 Michigan State and then-No. 11 Kentucky.  

Wake Forest enters Sunday's game with a 10-3 record and has won four of its last five outings.  The Demon Deacons lost last Saturday at Xavier in their first road game of the season.  Prior to that loss, WFU had won four in a row over Tulane, Richmond, St. Bonaventure and UNCG.    

The Tar Heels have completed regular season, non-conference play for the 2013-14 season.  Carolina will play two more ACC contests in the next week after opening conference play at Wake Forest.  After Sunday's game, the Tar Heels will host Miami on Wednesday night before visiting new conference member Syracuse next Saturday afternoon in Syracuse, N.Y.

Carolina is 50-10 all-time in Atlantic Coast Conference season-opening games and has won 11 of its last 14 ACC openers.  Roy Williams is 7-3 in ACC openers (with losses in 2003-04, 2008-09 and 2012-13). Last year, the Tar Heels lost their ACC opener, 61-52, at Virginia.



Carolina leads the all-time series against Wake Forest, 155-65.  The Tar Heels have beaten the Demon Deacons in eight of the last 10 meetings, including four in a row.

Carolina leads the series with WFU, 57-30, on the road and 12-9 at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.  The Tar Heels have won four of their last five games at Wake Forest, winning in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2012 while losing in 2009.  

These longtime, in-state rivals will meet twice this season for the first time in four years (since the 2009-10 season).  Last year, the Tar Heels beat Wake 87-62 in Chapel Hill.  In 2012, the Tar Heels won 68-53 in Winston-Salem.  In 2011, UNC won a 78-64 decision in Chapel Hill.  

UNC has won more games (155) against Wake Forest than any other opponent.

Williams s 11-5 vs. Wake Forest as a head coach, including a 9-4 record as the Carolina head coach.  That 9-4 record at UNC includes a 5-2 mark in Winston-Salem and a 4-2 record in Chapel Hill.  Williams was 2-1 against Wake Forest while coaching at Kansas.  

Carolina finished 5-4 on the road in conference play in 2012-13, posting its seventh above-.500 ACC road record in 10 years under Williams.  UNC has tallied 36 above-.500 road records in 60 ACC seasons.

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