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February 17, 2012

Clemson-UNC Capsule

Game Previews
Clemson vs. North Carolina
Saturday, February 18, 2012

4:00 pm, ESPN
Mike Patrick (Play-by-Play) & Len Elmore (Analyst)
Chapel Hill, NC
Dean E. Smith Center (21,750)
Tar Heel Sports Network | SiriusXM | Watch Online
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CU-UNC Series:  The Tar Heels lead the all-time series with Clemson, 125-20. The Tar Heels have beaten the Tigers 13 times in the last 14 meetings and 37 times in the last 44 meetings (since the 1990-91 season).  Roy Williams is 13-2 vs. Clemson as the Carolina head coach, including a 4-2 mark in Clemson, a 6-0 mark in Chapel Hill and a 3-0 record in ACC Tournament games. Carolina has never lost at home to Clemson, leading the series 55-0 in games played in Chapel Hill. That is the longest streak of home wins over an opponent in NCAA history. Carolina has beaten the Tigers by double figures in 23 of the last 25 meetings in Chapel Hill (the exceptions were in 1997-98 and 2002-03). Clemson has played in Chapel Hill 55 times since 1926 with 14 coaches, losing three times at the Tin Can, 15 times at Woollen Gymnasium, 14 times at Carmichael Auditorium and 23 times at the Smith Center. UNC is 84-4 vs. Clemson in games played in the state of North Carolina. Included in that figure is a 55-0 mark in Chapel Hill, an 11-1 mark in ACC Tournament games in Raleigh, Greensboro and Charlotte and a 1-1 record in Southern Conference Tournament games in Raleigh prior to the formation of  the ACC. Also included is a 13-2 UNC edge in games in Charlotte for the North-South Doubleheader in the 1960s and 1970s and a 4-0 Carolina advantage in other regular season games played in Greensboro or Charlotte. Clemson has beaten the Tar Heels in the state of North Carolina on the following dates: March 1, 1939 (Southern Conference Tournament in Raleigh), Feb. 14, 1964 (North-South Doubleheader in Charlotte in double overtime), Feb. 18, 1967 (North-South Doubleheader in Charlotte) and March 8, 1996 (ACC Tournament quarterfinals in Greensboro).

LAST MEETING: UNC 92, Clemson 87 (March 12, 2011 - Greensboro, NC)
Recap | Cold-blooded Barnes
13-12 (5-6)

Ranking: Not Ranked
Brad Brownell
35-24 at CU; 123-60 Overall
North Carolina
22-4 (9-2)

Ranking: #8 AP, #7 ESPN
Roy Williams
247-66 at UNC; 665-167 Overall
Andre Young
13.6 ppg
Tanner Smith
11.3 ppg
Harrison Barnes
17.7 ppg
Tyler Zeller
15.7  ppg
Devin Booker
6.8 rpg
Milton Jennings
5.5 rpg
John Henson
10.3 rpg
Tyler Zeller
9.6 rpg
Tanner Smith
4.0 apg
Andre Young
3.3 apg
Kendall Marshall
9.6 apg
Dexter Strickland
2.1 apg
Clemson-North Carolina Notes      

*On Wednesday night, Carolina won its fourth consecutive ACC road game with a win at Miami. UNC has won at Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Maryland and Miami since losing at Florida State on Jan. 14.

*Carolina has won 13 of the last 14 meetings in the series with Clemson and has never lost to Clemson in Chapel Hill (55-0).

*The Tar Heels enter this weekend's action with a 9-2 ACC record, tied for first place in the conference with Duke and Florida State. Clemson is tied with Maryland for seventh in the league at 5-6 in ACC play.

*The Tar Heels have gone 25-5 in their last 30 ACC games, closing 2009-10 by winning two of three conference contests, going 14-2 in 2010-11 and starting this season 9-2.

*One more ACC victory would give UNC its 36th 10-win ACC season and its seventh in the last eight years under head coach Roy Williams. No other ACC school has as many 10-win ACC seasons as Carolina. Duke is second with 29.

*Clemson enters the game fresh off a 60-48 upset of No. 22 Virginia at home on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The Tigers forced 17 UVA turnovers and shot 54 percent in the second half to pull away after the score was tied 24-24 at halftime.

*Clemson is now 12-1 when holding opponents to 50 points or less under Brownell, including 5-1 versus ACC teams.

*Saturday's matchup features the ACC's highest scoring team, as North Carolina averages 83.1 points per game, and the league's second-best scoring defense in Clemson, who gives up just 59.8 points per game.

*The ACC's two best ball-handlers will be on display Saturday. UNC's Kendall Marshall leads the league with a 3.41-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, while Clemson senior Andre Young is second with a 2.96-to-1 figure.

*Milton Jennings has been at his best against North Carolina, averaging 9.8 points per game in four contests with the Tar Heels. Last season, he posted a double-double at home and then scored 16 points and added seven boards in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament.

*Tanner Smith had four steals in the win over Virginia to reach 150 for his career, meaning he and fellow senior Young (178) are the first classmates at Clemson to both record at least 150 steals since Cliff Hammonds and James Mays in 2007-08.

*Devin Coleman is coming off back-to-back games in which he scored nine points off of four field goals. He had just two made field goals in the Tigers' first 23 games of the season.

Team Notes by ACC, CU & UNC Athletic Communications



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