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January 25, 2014
A Closer Look: Clemson
North Carolina is looking for the same recipe as last week, when the Tar Heels got their first ACC victory against Boston College after almost a week off to regroup.
After the tough 76-61 loss to Virginia Monday night in Charlottesville, which dropped UNC to 1-4 in league play, the Tar Heels are looking for the same thing to happen as they have six days off until they face Clemson in Chapel Hill Sunday night.
The Tigers certainly have all the motivation they will need coming into Chapel Hill.
Though they were throttled in their last outing (a 76-43 defeat at Pittsburgh), Clemson comes to the Smith Center with a 4-2 ACC record, having already won on the road this winter at Boston College and Virginia Tech, and having taken down Duke, 72-59, on its home floor January 11.
But as many UNC and Clemson fans know full well, the Tigers have never defeated the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, holding an 0-56 all-time record in Bynum Gym, Woollen Gym, Carmichael Auditorium, and the Smith Center.
But with Carolina's dismal start to the ACC season, many people think that this could possibly be the year that Clemson finally breaks through and wins in the so-called 'Southern Part of Heaven'.
On the flip side, the Tar Heels need to go on a small winning streak to get back into the ACC standings and to bring their season goals back into clear focus such as earning an NCAA Tournament berth, which seems very shaky at best right now.
UNC plays Clemson, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, and Maryland in their next four outings---all winnable games for the Tar Heels.
But in order to do that, they will have to start with a tough and upcoming Clemson team that is tired of hearing about how 'You Can't Win Here' when they come to Chapel Hill.
If they can once again get past the Tigers, improving to 57-0 all-time against Clemson at UNC, the Tar Heels could start a small run that could turn the tables on the bad start in ACC play and bring respectability once again to the program.
Let's take a closer look at this matchup, as Clemson travels to Chapel Hill to face North Carolina. Tip off is set for 6:00 PM EST on ESPNU.
Streak: 1 Loss
Conference Record: 4-2
National Ranking: NR
Points per Game: 64.7
Rebounds per Game: 38.3
Assists per game: 10.7
Field Goal Percentage: 42.7 percent
K.J. McDaniels: 7.0 rebounds
Landry Nnoko: 6.6 rebounds
Jaron Blossomgame: 4.5 rebounds
Sidy Djitte: 3.6 rebounds
Josh Smith: 3.0 rebounds
Rod Hall: 3.7 assists
Jordan Roper: 1.8 assists
Adonis Filer: 1.4 assists
Damarcus Harrison: 1.4 assists
K.J. McDaniels: 1.1 assists
Field Goal Shooting Percentage Leaders
Landry Nnoko: 60.6 percent
Sidy Djitte: 50 percent
Rod Hall: 48.7 percent
K.J. McDaniels: 47.4 percent
Adonis Filer: 41.5 percent
3pt Shooting Percentage Leaders
Adonis Filer: 41.4 percent
Rod Hall: 35.7 percent
K.J. McDaniels: 34.4 percent
Jordan Roper: 33.3 percent
Damarcus Harrison: 29.5 percent
Free Throw Percentage Leaders
Damarcus Harrison: 86.7 percent (26-30)
K.J. McDaniels: 86.3 percent (69-80)
Jordan Roper: 85.4 percent (35-41)
Adonis Filer: 78.3 percent (18-23)
Rod Hall: 76.5 percent (52-68)