Jan 5, 2014; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams yells out during the first half against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Wake Forest upsets No. 19 North Carolina Tar Heels, 73-67


With the start of the new year the No. 19 North Carolina Tar Heels (10-4; 0-1 ACC) were hoping it would be a “restart” of sorts for their season. Unfortunately that would not be the case as the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (11-3; 1-0 ACC) squeezed by the Tar Heels in a close game until the end with a 73-67 upset victory.

Turnovers proved to be very costly to the Tar Heels who had 17 turnovers in tonight’s game. Tar Heels also faced a tough challenge in discipline giving away 33 free throws to Wake Forest who made 19 of those free throw attempts. Carolina only had eleven free throw attempts tonight, and made seven of them.

Leslie McDonald was charged with a technical foul late in the second half of the game after Tyler Cavanaugh jumped onto McDonald, but with neither player in possession of the ball, Cavanaugh never got up and stayed on top of McDonald despite not being called for a foul which should have been called on both players. A very questionable call that saw no foul to be called on Wake Forest despite the obvious evidence.

If that didn’t tell the story of UNC’s luck tonight, maybe the statistics will.

James Michael McAdoo led the Tar Heels with just 13 points while JP Tokoto and Brice Johnson also shared 12 points each. A rather low number for the Tar Heels. Lack of defense and pushing tough shots with plenty of time on the shot clock will be the focus for North Carolina’s improvement before the next game.

Carolina will move on to play the defending conference champions Miami on Wednesday back in Chapel Hill.

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  • bumpandrun

    UNC did a lot to lose that game last night. However, the technical on McDonald, which would never have happened if the ref had blown the whistle and stopped play when Cavanaugh blatantly dove on top of him, took every bit of the momentum that UNC had built while cutting it to a 5 point lead that late in the game.

    • Bryant Douglass

      That was a terrible call. Cavanaugh had no reason to jump on him to begin with and had plenty of reason to get off and never did.

  • Sam Gonzalez

    Based on UNC’s play this year, this wasn’t really a surprise or upset. I’m afraid its going to be a long season.Old Roy doesn’t seem to be making much progress in improving the effort of this team. How can you out rebound a team by so much and still lose!! This team is putting a big blemish on the UNC reputation.

  • Steve

    Just a bad night all around. Paige had an awful night shooting. Inconsistent effort. Poor shot selection. Not to mention a horrendous call at the end on LMac. I don’t blame Roy or anyone else on the coaching staff though. Say what you want but there are only so many ways you can “motivate” guys to play well. When you have a young team there are going to be some growing pains and that’s what you saw last night. Wake also came ready to play and this same Wake team gave Kansas trouble at Allen Fieldhouse. One sidenote, this was technically not an upset despite the fact Carolina was ranked and Wake was not. Vegas actually had Wake as a 4.5 point favorite. UNC still should have won though.

    • Bryant Douglass

      That is probably the best way to put it. I think team has potential but they’re just missing the motivation. Coaches are to blame for some of the execution, but as for motivation…it’s time for someone to step up and lead this team. In my opinion, Kendall Marshall was a great leader, but we haven’t had a team that is tough, and had leadership like Hansbrough! Time to find that…I like Joel Berry to change that next year.

  • Oliver Williams

    Could not make a lay-up or make a shot from 3-foot…