Leslie McDonald scored a season-high 21 points in the win over Duke.
Leslie McDonald scored a season-high 21 points in the win over Duke.
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Tar Heels Welcome Wake Forest
Release: 02/22/2014

CHAPEL HILL -- North Carolina (19-7, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), winner of eight consecutive games, looks to extend its run on short rest when it hosts Wake Forest (14-12, 4-9) on Saturday in Chapel Hill.  The Tar Heels and Demon Deacons will tip off at 12:07 p.m. in the Smith Center.

Carolina beat No. 5 Duke, 74-66, on Thursday night in Chapel Hill, coming back from an 11-point, second-half deficit to beat the Blue Devils.

The syndicated ACC Network of stations  will televise Saturday's game with Tim Brando (play-by-play) and Cory Alexander (analyst) on the call.  The contest also will be carried nationally on satellite radio by XM (channel 85) and Sirius (channel 85). GoHeels TV subscribers can listen to the game at GoHeels.com.

Wake Forest enters the game having lost six outings in a row.  The Demon Deacons are 14-12 overall in 2013-14, including a 4-9 mark in ACC play.  On Tuesday night, Wake lost 71-60 at Maryland.

The Tar Heels started 1-4 in ACC play this season but have won eight in a row to improve to 9-4.   UNC is fourth in the conference standings, a half-game behind Duke (10-4).

UNC will play its fourth game in an eight-day stretch on Saturday against Wake Forest.   After the rescheduling of the Duke game last Wednesday due to snow, Carolina has beaten No. 25 Pitt, Florida State and No. 5 Duke in the last week.

For Saturday's game vs. Wake Forest, the Tar Heels will wear retro Nike Hyper Elite Dominance uniforms made in the style of the iconic Carolina uniforms from the 1980s.  The throwbacks were made by Nike's Jumpman brand.

Carolina is 19-7 this season and needs one more victory to post the 55th 20-win season in its 104-year history.  One more win would give UNC a 20-win campaign for the 41st time in the last 44 years (every season since 1970-71 except 2001-02, 2002-03 and 2003-04).

If the Tar Heels win their 20th game, it would mark Carolina's 10th 20-win season in a row under head coach Roy Williams, who entered this season having won at least 20 games in 23 of his 25 seasons as a head coach (and won 19 in the other two years).  

Carolina needs one more conference victory to win its 10th ACC game of the season. If the Tar Heels win one more ACC game this season, they will earn their 38th 10-win ACC season and their ninth in the last 10 years under head coach Roy Williams. No other ACC school has as many 10-win ACC seasons as Carolina.  Duke is second with 32.

After Saturday's date with the Demon Deacons, the Tar Heels will play three of their final four regular season games on the road, starting at NC State next Wednesday.  That game in Raleigh will be followed by contests at Virginia Tech (March 1), at home against Notre Dame (March 3) and at Duke (March 8).


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