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Tar Heels Visit Deacons Wednesday
Release: 01/11/2017
UNC (14-3, 2-1 ACC) vs. Wake Forest (10-6, 1-3 ACC)
When: Jan. 11, 2017 - 8 p.m. 
Where: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Colisuem, Winston-Salem
Tickets: Available
Watch: ESPN2
Live Stats: GoHeels.com
UNC NotesWF Notes 
Rankings: UNC No. 11/No. 12 (AP/coaches); Wake Forest is unranked.
Series: UNC leads, 158-66

Tar Heels To Visit Demon Deacons

• Carolina plays at Wake Forest on Wednesday, January 11th.

• The Tar Heels are 14-3, 2-1 in the ACC after consecutive wins over Clemson and NC State.

• Wake Forest is 10-6 overall, 1-3 in league play.

• Following the Wake Forest game, Carolina returns to the Smith Center for a pair of games against 9th-ranked Florida State (1/14) and Syracuse (1/16).

• The Tar Heels are ranked #11 in the AP poll and #12 in the USA Today/Coaches poll.

 

Carolina-Wake Forest Series

• Carolina leads the all-time series against Wake Forest, 158-66.  

• The Tar Heels have beaten the Demon Deacons in 11 of the last 14 meetings.

• UNC has won more games (158) against Wake Forest than any other opponent.

• Carolina is 58-31 at Wake Forest, including 13-10 at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

• Carolina is 17-10 overall at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum with 13 wins over Wake Forest and two wins in both 1997 and 2007 in the NCAA Tournaments.

Roy Williams is 14-6 vs. Wake Forest as a head coach, including a 12-5 record at Carolina.  That 12-5 record includes a 6-3 mark in Winston-Salem and a 6-2 record in Chapel Hill.  Williams was 2-1 against Wake Forest while coaching at Kansas.  

 

Last Year in Chapel Hill

• Carolina defeated Wake Forest, 83-68, on 1/20/16 in Chapel Hill.

• The Tar Heels shot 26.5 percent from the floor in the second half (9 of 34), the worst percentage in any half last season and the fourth-lowest in a half by UNC in Smith Center history.

• Carolina had a season-high 15 steals, 10 of which came in the first half that led to 17 points off turnovers.

• UNC went 24 for 32 from the free throw line.

• One Tar Heel (Brice Johnson) scored in double figures, the first time UNC had only one player in double figures since a loss vs. Miami on 1/8/14 (James Michael McAdoo).

• Wake Forest made two three-pointers, equaling the fewest by an opponent last season. 

• Wake Forest grabbed 47 rebounds, most by an opponent last year.

• Johnson led UNC with a game-high 27 points and 11 rebounds. He added two blocks and three steals.

Isaiah Hicks had a then-career-high nine rebounds.

 

Last Time in Winston-Salem

• Carolina shot 60.3 percent from the floor overall and beat Wake Forest, 87-71, on 1/21/15.

• UNC shot 53.1 percent from the floor in the first half and 69.2 in the second.

Brice Johnson (19 points) and Kennedy Meeks (16) combined for 35 points, shooting a combined 16 for 22 from the floor.

• Freshman Justin Jackson scored 17 points on 6 of 8 shooting from the floor.  

Marcus Paige had a game-high eight assists.

Theo Pinson left the game with an injured left foot after playing six first-half minutes. 

• Point guard Nate Britt suffered a lacerated lip late in the game and received 15 stitches to the wound.

 

Tar Heel Notes

Scoring/Shooting

• Carolina is averaging 89.1 points per game, first in the ACC and sixth in the nation.

• Carolina is fifth in the nation in scoring margin, sixth in points per game and ninth in assists. 

• Carolina is 10th nationally in offensive efficiency and sixth in defensive efficiency (KenPom’s version of points per 100 possessions). 

• Carolina, Kentucky and West Virginia are the only schools in the top 10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency.

• Small forward Justin Jackson and point guard Joel Berry II are Carolina’s leading two scorers. The last time UNC’s top two scorers were perimeter players was 1990-91, when small forward Rick Fox (16.9) and shooting guard Hubert Davis (13.3) were UNC’s top two scorers.

• Four Tar Heels are averaging in double figures in all games and in the 14 wins, but in the three losses only Justin Jackson (23.7) and Joel Berry II (13.0) are averaging double figures. The Tar Heels have scored 76.7 points in their three losses (11.2 below season average).

• Three different perimeter players have led UNC in scoring in 14 of the 17 games (Justin Jackson has been the top scorer seven times, Joel Berry II six and Kenny Williams twice.)

• Forward Isaiah Hicks led UNC in scoring twice (consecutive games against Hawai’i and Chaminade) and forward Kennedy Meeks topped the Tar Heels with 18 points vs. Northern Iowa.

Justin Jackson leads the team with 15 double-figure scoring games. Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks are second with 12.

Justin Jackson has scored 20 or more points seven times, including 27 or more four times. Brice Johnson scored 27 or more four times last year en route to first-team All-America honors.

• The last player to score 27 or more points five times in a season was Tyler Hansbrough who did it six times in 2008-09 (he did it 11 times in 2007-08).

• Jackson’s scoring average is up 5.4 points from a year ago (12.2 to 17.6). The last returning starter to improve that much in one season was Marcus Paige, who increased his average 9.3 points from his freshman to sophomore seasons.

• Four Tar Heels have scored 20 or more points in a game this year. Justin Jackson has seven 20-point games, Joel Berry II has six, and Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks each reached that mark once. 

• The last time UNC had two players with at leats six 20-point games in a season was 2014 when Marcus Paige (11) and James Michael McAdoo (6) accomplished that. 

• The last time two players scored 20 points seven or more times in a season was 2012 when  Harrison Barnes (12) and Tyler Zeller (11) combined for 23 20-point performances.

• The Tar Heels have hit the century mark five times this year. That’s the most 100-point games in one season since 2008-09, when the eventual national champions hit 100 nine times.

• Earlier this season, Kennedy Meeks and Justin Jackson became the 73rd and 74th Tar Heels to score 1,000 career points. Carolina has more 1,000-point scorers than any other school in the nation.

Kennedy Meeks and Justin Jackson are tied for the top spot as UNC’s active career leader with 1,195 points.

Joel Berry II has 869 points (needs 131 for 1,000 and Isaiah Hicks has 855 points (needs 145 for 1,000).

• The Tar Heels are shooting 48.6 percent from the floor and 38.4 percent from 3FG in the 14 wins and 41.7 percent from the floor and 31.1 percent from 3FG in the three losses.

• The opponents are shooting 37.8 percent from the floor and 30.5 percent 3FG in Carolina’s 14 wins and 48.6 percent from the floor and 42.0 percent from 3FG in UNC’s three defeats.

 

Rebounding

• Carolina leads the nation in rebound margin (14.0 per game) and rebounds per game (45.9) and is second in offensive rebounding (16.4 per game). The Tar Heels lead the ACC in all three categories.

 

Rebounding Margin Per Game

1. North Carolina 14.0

2. SMU 13.2

3. Indiana 12.7

4. Central Florida 12.2

5. Wisconsin 10.9

 

• Carolina has 278 offensive rebounds, while the opponents have 373 defensive rebounds. The Tar Heels are getting 42.7 percent of their own missed shots. On the defensive end of the floor, UNC is grabbing 74.8 percent of the missed shots.

• Carolina is second in the country in offensive rebound percentage behind Kent State. UNC is one of seven teams with an offensive rebounding percentage of at least .400.

Kennedy Meeks leads UNC with 67 offensive boards and is 10th in the country in offensive rebounding percentage (17.5 percent). 

• Freshman Tony Bradley is second with 56 offensive rebounds. He grabs more than 21 percent of the offensive rebounds when he is on the floor.

• Bradley has seven or more offensive rebounds in three games (eight at Hawai’i, seven vs. Chattanooga and seven vs. Tennessee).

• The Tar Heels have scored 20 or more second-chance points in eight games this year: 28 at Hawai’i, 26 vs. Chaminade, 25 vs. Tennessee, 22 vs. NC State, 21 vs. Chattanooga, 21 vs. Oklahoma State and 20 vs. Monmouth and Clemson. The opponents have 10 or more second-chance points four times, including 18 by Oklahoma State and 17 by Long Beach.

• Carolina has 50 or more rebounds in seven  games this year with a high of 57 vs. Monmouth.

• Carolina has a plus-16.8 rebound margin in its 14 wins and a plus-1.0 margin in its three losses. 

Kennedy Meeks is averaging a career-high 9.6 rebounds this season. Meeks has double-figure rebounds seven times this year; he did that four times all of last season.

• Meeks has 47 rebounds (11.8) in the last four games, including 14 at Georgia Tech and 16 at Clemson.

Justin Jackson has led UNC in rebounding four times, something he did twice in 78 games over his first two seasons.

 

Three-Pointers

• Carolina is making 7.3 three-pointers per game, up from 5.6 a year ago. 

• Carolina has attempted 20 or more three-pointers in 10 of the first 17 games. 

• UNC is shooting 37.0 percent from three-point range, up from a school-record low of 32.7 percent last season. 

• The Tar Heels have shot 40 percent or better 3FG in eight games and are 7-1 in those games (lost to Kentucky despite making 9 of 17 3FGs). That includes a 10 for 24 (.417) effort in the win at Clemson and 12 for 27 (.444) against NC State.

Justin Jackson leads UNC with 41 threes and is shooting 38.7 percent from beyond the arc, up from 29.2 percent last year.

Joel Berry II leads UNC in three-point percentage at .429 and is second in made threes with 36.

Justin Jackson is 37 for 70 (.529) from three-point range in games where he makes more than one and 4 for 36 in games where he makes none or one.

• Jackson has 41 three-pointers in 17 games. He made 28 in 38 games as a freshman and 35 in 40 games as a sophomore.

Justin Jackson has made four or more three-pointers six times this season (four times in the last eight games). Prior to this season, he made four in a game once (vs. Virginia in the 2015 ACC Tournament).

• Jackson has made six or more 3FGs in three of the last eight games.

• Jackson is the first Tar Heel since 2004 to make six or more three-pointers in three games in the same season.

• Thirty-one percent of the opponents’ baskets have been three-point field goals. Twenty-three percent of UNC’s field goals are from behind the arc.

• The opponents have attempted 38 percent of their shots from three-point range. UNC has attempted 29 percent of its field goals from behind the arc.

• The opponents are making 0.2 more three-pointers per game than the Tar Heels. Last year, Carolina made 2.1 fewer threes per game than the opponents.

 

Free Throws

• Carolina has made 306 free throws, while the opponents have attempted 296.

• In the first two ACC games, the opponents made 41 for 52 from the line, while the Tar Heels were just 19 for 26 from the free throw line. However, against NC State, Carolina was 17 for 25 from the stripe, while the Pack was just 3 for 11.

• Three starters are shooting 75 percent or better from the FT line– Joel Berry II (.935), Justin Jackson (.776) and Isaiah Hicks (.776).

• Berry leads the ACC and is fifth in the nation in free throw shooting this year at 93.5 percent.

• Berry II has the highest career free throw percentage in UNC history at .862 (162 for 188). That is tied with Duke’s Trajan Langdon for eighth best in ACC history.

• Berry is 43 for 46 from the line this year – 93.5 percent. UNC’s single-season record is 91.1 percent by Shammond Williams in 1997-98.

• Four of UNC’s top five all-time leaders have played for Roy Williams.

 

Carolina’s All-Time Free Throw Pct. Leaders

.862 Joel Berry II, 2014-

.849 Shammond Williams, 1994-98

.847 Marvin Williams, 2004-05

.845 Danny Green, 2005-09

.844 Marcus Paige, 2012-16

 

Miscellaneous

• Carolina has played eight games this year in which it had a points per possession of 1.0 or better with a season high of 1.14 vs. Kentucky and 1.13 vs. Oklahoma State. The Tar Heels were 1.05 in their 51-point win over NC State.

• Carolina’s points per possession in its 14 wins is .98; the opponents’ points per possession in UNC’s three losses is also .98.

• Carolina has 312 assists and 229 turnovers, while the opponents have 182 assists and 272 turnovers.

• Carolina averages 11 more second-chance points per game, 8.1 more points off turnovers and 16 more points in the paint than the opponents.

• Ten Tar Heels are averaging 10 or more minutes per game, led by Justin Jackson at 30.5 per game.

• Tar Heels have won ACC player of the Week honors four times already this season. Joel Berry II won three times for his play against Tulane/Chattanooga, the Maui Invitational and Clemson/NC State. Justin Jackson won following his 34-point performance against Kentucky. 

Three current Tar Heels have played 100 or more college games, including Isaiah Hicks (129), Nate Britt (128) and Kennedy Meeks (121). Justin Jackson is next with 95 games played, but Jackson is second in starts with 92, two behind Meeks.

• The Tar Heels have won seven of their last nine overtime games.


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