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Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/5/14

North Carolina Tar Heels (10-3) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (10-3)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Joel Coliseum)

The Line: Wake Forest Demon Deacons +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The North Carolina Tar Heels travel to Wake Forest to play the Demon Deacons on Sunday night.

North Carolina improved to 10-3 on the year after beating North Carolina Wilmington 84-51 on Tuesday. The Tar Heels shot an impressive 52.3% from the field and 33.3% from three-point range. James Michael McAdoo had 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Marcus Paige scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half to help the Tar Heels shake free from a slow start and blow open the game. The Tar Heels played their third straight game without sophomore C Joel James due to a knee injury. On the year, Paige leads the Tar Heels in scoring, averaging 18.4 points per game. Paige also leads the team with 4 assists per contest. McAdoo averages 14.7 points per game, while Brice Johnson averages a team-high 6.7 rebounds per game. North Carolina averages 80.1 points per game and as a team they are shooting 47.4% from the field. The Tar Heels are a great rebounding team, pulling down 41.2 boards per contest. This will be North Carolina’s third true road game; the Tar Heels are 1-1 on the road this season.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/5/14

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The Wake Forest Demon Deacons dropped to 10-3 on the year after losing to Xavier 68-53 last weekend. The Demon Deacons shot only 35.8% from the field and 33.3% from behind the arc. Wake Forest reached the charity stripe 21 times and shot only 47.6 from the line. Codi Miller-McIntyre led the Demon Deacons with 11 points and Coron Williams added 10, all in the first half. Wake Forest saw their winning streak snapped at four games in their last non-conference game of the season. On the year, Miller-McIntyre averages a team-high 17 points per game and 4 assists per game. Thomas is averaging 11.5 points per game and averages a team-high 9.3 rebounds per contest. The Demon Deacons are averaging 75.6 points per game and are shooting 45% from the field as a team this year. Wake Forest can rebound the ball well and does a decent job distributing the ball on offense. Wake Forest will return home for this matchup; the Demon Deacons are 9-0 at home this season.

North Carolina has won the last four meetings with Wake Forest, including a 25-point win at Wake Forest last season. North Carolina’s Joel James is doubtful for the game on Sunday, but I believe the Tar Heels have enough sixe down low to make up for the loss. The Tar Heels have hit their stride at the right time heading into conference play. Meanwhile, Wake Forest has played well against mediocre competition and has played almost all of their games at home. This will be a tough road environment for the Tar Heels, but I think they have the experience and depth to win and cover on Sunday.

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