Still, North Carolina held a 34-16 halftime rebounding edge against a Wake Forest team that ranked first in rebounding among ACC teams across the nonconference schedule.
NOTES: North Carolina C Joel James went through warm-ups but didn't play for the fourth game in a row due to a knee injury. ... North Carolina fell to 50-11 in ACC openers. Wake Forest improved to 28-33 mark in ACC debuts. ... North Carolina's most-recent previous road game resulted in a Dec. 4 conquest of then-No. 1 Michigan State. ... Wake Forest opened ACC play at home for the fifth time in seven seasons. ... The teams will meet again Feb. 22 at Chapel Hill, marking only the third season in a decade that they will tangle multiple times. ... North Carolina will play its eighth consecutive game within the state's boundaries with Wednesday night's home game against Miami. ... Wake Forest starts a stretch of four road games in a five-game span Wednesday at Virginia.