Tuesday college basketball odds: Wake Forest at North Carolina
North Carolina likely will be shorthanded again Tuesday night when the Tar Heels host Wake Forest as key reserve P.J. Hairston is expected to sit again. Hairston, who sat out Saturday’s overtime win over Virginia Tech because of a concussion, is doubtful to play because of the flu, coach Roy Williams said Monday.
Hairston, who is averaging 12.4 ppg this season, suffered a concussion last Tuesday at Boston College when teammate Dexter Strickland accidentally elbowed him in the head during a mid-air collision. After Sunday afternoon’s practice, Williams said he left the Smith Center “enthused” because Hairston was able to move around and do some shooting. But that enthusiasm didn’t last long.
The Heels beat the Hokies 72-60 on Saturday. Freshman Marcus Paige scored eight of his season-high 19 points in overtime. James Michael McAdoo had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Reggie Bullock added 11 points for the Tar Heels (15-6, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Tar Heels lead the ACC in scoring offense (78.7 ppg), assists (18.2 apg) and steals (8.4 spg).
Wake Forest (10-11, 3-6) lost 86-60 at Maryland on Saturday. Travis McKie’s 15 points matched a season high but couldn’t prevent Wake Forest from dropping its third consecutive game and falling to 0-5 in ACC road games. Codi Miller-McIntyre scored 14 for the Deacons. Maryland connected on 35 of 52 shots from the floor (67.3 percent) and outrebounded Wake Forest 42-21 to snap a two-game skid.
North Carolina leads the all-time series with Wake Forest by a 154-65 margin. The teams have split their past 16 meetings since 2001-02. In its 220th all-time meeting, the Wake Forest-UNC series is the fifth-most frequent in ACC history. The series dates back to the 1910-11 season. In the Deacons’ most recent trip to Chapel Hill, the No. 19-ranked Tar Heels picked up a 78-64 win on Feb. 15, 2011. The longtime, in-state rivals will meet just once this season, marking the third year in a row UNC and Wake Forest have only met once in the regular season. In 2012, the Tar Heels won 68-53 in Winston-Salem. UNC has won more games (154) against Wake Forest than any other opponent.
WagerWeb.com trends: Under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. Demon Deacons are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. Demon Deacons are 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings in North Carolina. Underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.