Wake vs. North Carolina Game Notes

February 11, 2020
8:00 p.m.
Winston-Salem, NC


  • Game Sponsor: Wake Forest Baptist Health
  • Pink Night: Join the Deacs in the fight against cancer by wearing pink to Tuesday’s game


  • Wake Forest hosts North Carolina Tuesday in the first of two meetings this season
  • The game is the Deacs’ annual pink game, as Wake Forest raises awareness for cancer research
  • The Deacs have won the pink game each of the past five seasons (2019-Pitt, 2018-Georgia Tech, 2017-NC State, 2016-UNCG, 2015-Nicholls State)


  • North Carolina leads 161-66 (UNC leads 64-31 at Wake, UNC leads 14-10 at LJVM)
  • The Tar Heels have won the last six meetings in the series
  • North Carolina won last year’s meeting 95-57 at the LJVM Coliseum
  • Wake’s last win in the series was a 73-67 victory in 2013-14 at LJVM Coliseum


  • Wake Forest was edged at Syracuse, 75-73, on Saturday night
  • The Demon Deacons rallied from down 16 early in the second half, but the Orange scored the game-winning basket on a putback with 1.7 seconds left
  • Olivier Sarr had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead the Demon Deacons


  • Wake Forest Associate Head Coach Rex Walters and Assistant Coach Steve Woodberry both played for UNC Head Coach Roy Williams at Kansas in the 1990s
  • Wake Forest Head Coach Danny Manning and UNC Assistant Coach Hubert Davis were teammates in 2002-03 with the Detroit Pistons
  • Wake Forest Director of Operations Justin Bauman was a student manager for Roy Williams at Kansas  from 2001-03


  • Wake Forest leads the ACC in free throw attempts (23.4 per game) and is third in free throw percentage (74.7 percent)
  • The Deacs’ free throw rate of 41.1% (FTA/FGA) ranks 16th nationally and is the highest for a Wake Forest team since 2014-15 (50.1)
  • Olivier Sarr ranks second in the ACC with 140 free throw attempts, already more than the 106 he had in his first two seasons combined
  • Sarr’s 6.4 FTA/game is the highest rate of getting to the line by a Deacon since 2017 when John Collins averaged 6.7 FTA/game
  • Olivier Sarr (109) and Brandon Childress (99) rank first and third in the ACC in free throws made this season
  • 24.3% of Wake Forest’s points this season have come from the line, the sixth highest percentage nationally
  • Wake Forest went 24-of-25 from the free throw line against Long Beach State in the semifinals of the Wooden Legacy, as the 96% was the second-best single-game average in school history (min. 20 attempts), trailing only the ACC record 32-of-32 Wake had against North Carolina in 2005
  • Wake has recorded the season-high opponent free throw attempts for five teams (Columbia, Notre Dame, Pitt, UNC Asheville, Virginia)
  • The Demon Deacons have drawn a league-high 469 fouls this season
  • Wake Forest has had 19 opponents foul out this season, its most since 27 in 2017-18


  • Olivier Sarr has established himself as arguably the most improved player in the ACC this year
  • Sarr is averaging 13.1 points per game this season, more than double of last year (6.2)
  • With 206 boards, Sarr is closing in on his total from his first two seasons combined (226)
  • Sarr posted a career-high 21 points vs. UNC Asheville and vs. Arizona, a career-high 14 rebounds vs. Charleston, a career-high five blocks at Charlotte and his first eight career double-doubles
  • Against Boston College, he had 10 points and 10 rebounds before halftime, the first first-half double-double by a Deac since 2013-14
  • His free throw rate of 77.8 (100*FTA/FGA) leads the ACC, ranks 11th nationally and is the second best by a Deacon since KenPom began tracking the stat in 2004 (CJ Harris in 2011)
  • Sarr’s 77.9% from the free throw line is the highest percentage nationally among 7-footers