Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown and assistant coach Phil Ford - both former North Carolina Tar Heels - attended the game, and sat about seven rows behind the North Carolina bench, eating peanuts and nachos respectively. Brown said it was the first time he'd been to Lawrence Joel Coliseum, and added that watching the Tar Heels "is like when I watch one of my kids play a sport - I have a hard time enjoying it."
North Carolina freshmen Leslie McDonald and John Henson sported new haircuts Saturday - which looked like variations of mohawks, except the sides weren't completely shaved. Considering McDonald finished with a career-high 16 points, Henson chipped in 12 rebounds and five blocks, and the Tar Heels won, don't expect them to be changing their 'dos anytime soon.
North Carolina freshman Travis Wear played an active 12 minutes in his return after a five-game injury absence, making two of his four shots. His twin brother David, however, was not with the team in Winston-Salem - he was getting further tests on his injured left hip in California.
Wake Forest star forward Al-Farouq Aminu finished with only seven points, but the main reason was he wasn't getting the ball enough. While point guard Ishmael Smith took 21 shots - making only five - Aminu made two of seven. Even senior L.D. Williams, known more as a defensive stopper than an offensive threat, had 13 attempts.