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.