Wake Forest Doesn't Have To Wait For ACC Test

By Gregory Philson
Codi Miller-McIntyre
Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Wake Forest is 10-1 at home so far, but that mark will get its biggest test of the season when North Carolina travels into Winston-Salem Sunday.

The Demon Deacons have an impressive overall record of 10-3 and have played some tough opponents with Kansas, Tennessee and Xavier already checked off the schedule. Unfortunately for Wake Forest, all three of those games went to the other side, and the Deacons do not have a remarkable victory to their name.

North Carolina does not look like the kind of team Wake Forest would suddenly turn around its mark against quality opponents against, but the Tar Heels have lost three games to unranked teams this season. The Tar Heels have taken on a better form as of late, but the possibility of playing down to their opponents has to be in the Deacons’ mindset.

Wake Forest is led by sophomore guard Codi Miller-McIntyre who is scoring 17 points per game and dishing out four assists. Miller-McIntyre has been consistent all season with seven games of 20-plus points to his name and only two games of less than 10 points. Miller-McIntyre may have the exact game that has frustrated the Carolina defense earlier this season. Miller — at 6-foot-3 – can get his own shot anywhere inside the arc and does not hurt himself by taking too many outside jumpers. Guards can succeed against North Carolina because Marcus Paige — while a solid defender — usually has to conserve energy on defense, and Nate Britt does not have the size to handle most two-guards. If Wake Forest has any chance to spring an upset, it will be because Miller-McIntyre.

Even if North Carolina prevails, Wake Forest should be able to see where it stands in the ACC this season. If the Deacons can win or stay close for most of the game, that will be a solid sign they can compete and possibly get on the NCAA tournament bubble. Should the Deacons be blown out it could be a long year in Winston-Salem.

Gregory T. Philson is an ACC college basketball writer at RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GTPhilson, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.
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