Alex Conway & John Gwaltney Jr
Well this should be interesting.
The Clemson Tigers haven't gotten a win in Chapel Hill in 57
tries and have as good a chance as ever to break that streak
Sunday night. This Tar Heel team has gone from inconsistent to
consistently bad over the course of a month and all indications
are they haven't begun to solve their problems yet.
UNC is coming off a 76-61 loss on the road against Virginia
and are currently third from the bottom in the ACC standings
with a record of 1-3. The Tigers have already notched a victory
over the Duke Blue
Devils but are coming off a blowout loss on the road to
Both teams have something to prove but Clemson has a whole
history book of motivation to get back in the win column this
Can UNC extend the streak or will their ACC woes reach historic
proportions? Let's take a look at the storylines heading into the
Fairly or unfairly, Leslie McDonald's return to the
court has coincided with a bad run of performances for UNC. The Tar
Heels are just 4-5 during games he's played while they were 7-2
during his absence.
He's not the only reason the Heels have struggled but part of
their struggles can be attributed to him.
When he wasn't available, Roy Williams played Marcus Paige and Nate Britt a lot and that combo was able to
push the pace. Having McDonald back gives UNC a more shooting
centric line-up but one that's a little slower and can't put as much
pressure on opposing defenses.
To cap it off, McDonald hasn't really shot the ball well either,
which is what he's supposed to bring to the table. He hasn't shot
above 35 percent in a game since New Year's Eve against
It's tough to think that taking out the one senior contributor on
this team---and one that has an outside shot an a team struggling to
hit from deep---in favor of a rookie point guard would be beneficial
but McDonald's gunner abilities might be better suited coming off
the bench in a Jason Terry or Manu Ginobili type role.
James Michael McAdoo
James Michael McAdoo set the world on fire as a reserve
during his freshman year to the point that NBA scouts thought he
could be a lottery pick. That time has passed as it's quite clear
that McAdoo isn't the type of player that can carry a team all by
But that's o.k. McAdoo is built in the mode of a less nasty
Joakim Noah in the sense that he can get to the boards and
outhustle people. But he's not overly skilled and he leaves a lot of
points clanking off the front of the rim.
He should be the type of player that can get to the free throw
line more than he should and if he can simply put his head down and
get to the basket, he can help get the other team in foul trouble
quicker so that when Paige gets hand checked outside late in the
game, those fouls will automatically turn into foul shots.
Against Virginia, he had a drive where he got the ball at the top
of the key, drove to the basket with one dribble and slammed home a
rim-rattling dunk. He can do that whenever he wants and as he gets
more comfortable starting his possessions from the outside, he will
have that type of impact.
Meeks has put together two solid back-to-back games against
Virginia and Boston College in UNC's last two outings (15 points, 9
rebounds and 10 points, 6 rebounds respectively). That they came
after his dismal zero point debut as a starter indicates that while
he's clearly talented, he's best suited as the best player on the
court against the reserves.
He's still not as explosive as he needs to get but Meeks has done
a better job getting his body up and down the court as well as his
awesome full court heaves. If he can begin getting tip-ins and
elevating over his defenders with his wide array of post moves,
he'll be unstoppable.
Jeff Van Gundy mentioned during the Virginia telecast that
Meeks has the potential to become one of the best big men in the ACC
this year. He'll need to develop at an alarming rate over the next
few weeks but it's entirely possible he'll be in the discussion if
his trajectory continues.
vs. North Carolina
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Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000) 2012-2013 Record:
13-18 (5-13) Last Game:
Clemson lost at No. 19 Pittsburgh, 76-43, on Tuesday in Pittsburgh. More on the Cavaliers: Schedule
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Last starting line-up
F - K.J. McDaniels F - Jaron Blossomgame C - Landry Nnoko
G - Jordan Roper G - Rod Hall
Statistical Leaders Scoring: K.J.
PPG) Rod Hall (9.8 PPG)