Short of any championships that don't appear to be in the near future, the Wake Forest Deacons will attempt to accomplish the next best thing tonight at Joel Coliseum. They'll attempt to beat fifth-ranked North Carolina, the team many among their fan base would love to beat above all others.
Not just any rivalry
The Winston-Salem Journal
After North Carolina's last two wins, the defensive player of the game award didn't go to senior Tyler Zeller, who had a career-high 17 rebounds against N.C. State, or junior John Henson, the reigning ACC defensive player of the year who had four blocks against Georgia Tech.
Instead, after the UNC coaching staff reviewed the film, the honor both times went to sophomore Reggie Bullock, making him 2-for-2 since he entered the starting lineup last week.
Bullock's highlight video defense leads Tar Heels
The Durham Herald-Sun
So anxious to succeed, so wound up to deliver on his immense potential, James Michael McAdoo finally might be in the process of converting his energy into meaningful productivity.
"I'm nowhere near where I want to be right now," the North Carolina freshman forward said. "But for me, it's very much about being more disciplined in that aggressiveness I've always had.
"No matter how hard you go, if you can't get that rebound, if you can't get to that spot on defense, it doesn't help this team."
McAdoo is coming off his most effective Atlantic Coast Conference game of the season, a nine-point, six-rebound performance in Sunday night's victory against Georgia Tech.
McAdoo says he will do
The Burlington Times-News
There's no way to classify Dexter Strickland's season-ending knee injury as anything other than unfortunate for North Carolina. At least it occurred at a fairly manageable time.
The Tar Heels had a week in which to prepare for their next game, and new starter Reggie Bullock performed well in a home rout of rival N.C. State. The lopsided margin allowed coach Roy Williams to tinker with lineups and get a better feel for how to maximize his team's depth, as did another home win Sunday against Georgia Tech.
UNC freshman James Michael McAdoo emerges as Heels shuffle lineup
The Fayetteville Observer
Tuesday night in Winston-Salem, No. 5 North Carolina will take on Wake Forest in its third conference match-up in six days.
The ACC showdown will give UNC another opportunity to prove it can be successful on the road.
UNC has lost three of its seven road games so far this season, and despite beating Virginia Tech on Jan. 19 in their last road contest, the Tar Heels struggled in the opening half and trailed at the break.
Tar Heels take on Wake Forest
The Daily Tar Heel
One day before national signing day, the NCAA still hasn't released its verdict. The final penalties North Carolina will face remain unannounced. And yet, Fedora and his assistants still managed to improve a recruiting class that had been floundering until about a month ago. The most heralded of the recent commitments came from James Summers, a quarterback from Page High in Greensboro. Summers had been committed to N.C. State until Thursday, when he switched his commitment to North Carolina.
Fedora's recruiting catches on quickly
The Charlotte Observer