Preview: UNC vs. Wake Forest

Hmm. Wake Forest is not very good. The school stupidly fired their head coach in the offseason and have been paying the price so far in 2010-2011 with an 8-17 record. Wake is 1-9 in the ACC, good for dead last, and has yet to win away from home in the conference. Lucky for the Heels, Wake will again be playing on the road. Not that the Heels need much luck against these Deacons though. But don’t be fooled, Wake has some players that could make this more interesting than it should be.

  • The Deacs have five players averaging double figures, led by forward Travis McKie. McKie, a freshman, right, is one of only two Wake players to start every game and has shown some promise. Unfortunately the rest of the team has not.
  • You have to give it to Wake because they are extremely young and do have the new head coach. Only one of the five double-digit scorers is an upperclassman, senior Gary Clark, and I doubt you’ve heard of him. Don’t feel bad, he’s a guard and has more turnovers than assists. Not something you really take notice of.
  • Wake does have two big men. Seven footers to be exact. Frosh Carson Desrosiers and junior Ty Walker have a combined 111 blocks. Tyler Zeller and John Henson have combined for 99. Too bad the Wake duo puts up a combined 8.5 points per game to the Zeller/Henson 1-2 of 25.6 per.
  • Fun stats to make UNC fans feel good: UNC averages 78.3 ppg (18th in nation); Wake averages 68.8 (182nd). UNC averages 42.1 rebounds per game (3rd); Wake averages 33.1 (267th). UNC averages 15.5 assists per game (35th); Wake averages 11.6 (280th). Not bad, eh?
  • Figure I should mention another decent player for Deacs. Soph C.J. Harris has started every game, scores 11.2 ppg and dishes out 3.8 assists per. Our point guard has racked up more assists in 354 less minutes. Just saying.

As long as UNC plays a mediocre game, this will be a win. Shoot, State just beat Wake by 25 points on Sunday.

Prediction: UNC 80, Wake 66