North Carolina (13-10, 4-6) vs. Clemson (12-8, 2-7)
Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, S.C.
1:00 p.m., RJ (Bob Rathbun, Dan Bonner)
"We're getting ready to travel and play a big, strong Clemson team. We hope we can go down there and play well. We're looking at one game at a time. We've got a heck of a challenge playing at Clemson. They were right there with Duke last weekend."
"I think it's pretty obvious this is a very important game for us. We were very disappointed in the first half of the ACC and as we enter the second half now we need to collect wins. So, therefore, with a packed house against a team the caliber of North Carolina - a tall order but one that's very important."
"[The Tar Heels] are playing quicker players - they're not playing their post as often so they're playing five guards and Jawad. From a personnel standpoint, they're really utilizing the quickness and athleticism they have on both ends. ... [David Noel] didn't play as much against us as he's playing now. We knew him good and well - we offered him a scholarship. We have a high level of respect for his abilities."
Probable Starting Lineup:
Edward Scott (6-0, G, Sr.) – 16.7 ppg, 5.9 apg
Chey Christie (6-4, G, So.) – 11.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg
Olu Babalola (6-6, F, So.) – 7.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg
Chris Hobbs (6-7, F, Jr.) – 7.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg
Sherrod Ford (6-9, F, So.) – 8.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg
Ray Henderson (6-8, C, Sr.) – 6.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg
Tomas Nagys (6-10, F, Sr.) – 5.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg
Shawan Robinson (6-2, G, Fr.) – 4.6 ppg
Julian Betko (6-5, G, Fr.) – 2.3 ppg
Edward Scott ... Chey Christie
Sharrod Ford ... Larry Shyatt
(Photos courtesy the AP.)
by UNC Athletic Communications
Carolina leads the all-time series against Clemson, 112-17. The Tar Heels have beaten the Tigers 25 times in their last 29 meetings (since the 1990-91 season), including the last four meetings in a row.
The Tar Heels lead the series 32-13 in Clemson and 21-10 in Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers have won two of the last three meetings in Clemson (with UNC winning last season).
Earlier this season in Chapel Hill, Carolina improved to 49-0 all-time at home against Clemson with a 68-66 win on Jan. 14. The two-point edge was the closest margin of victory for UNC against the Tigers in Chapel Hill since the 1974-75 season. Rashad McCants was limited by foul trouble but still led the Tar Heels with 20 points in 22 minutes. Jawad Williams had 19 points, while Raymond Felton had 15 points (including four first-half three-pointers), eight assists and six rebounds. Edward Scott scored 17 points for Clemson but hit just 6 of 17 shots. Clemson out-rebounded Carolina, 42-35, including a 16-13 edge in offensive boards.
Last year in Clemson, Carolina shot a season-high 55.4 percent, including a 60.0 percent clip in the second half, and cruised to an 87-69 win. Adam Boone tallied a then-career high 23 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for his first double-double as a college player. Melvin Scott scored a career-high 17 points in a start at shooting guard due to an injury to Jackie Manuel.
Rashad McCants, who scored a combined two points in the two previous games against Duke and Florida State, rebounded on Wednesday to tally 21 points and a career-high five assists against Virginia.
Overall: UNC Leads 112-17
At Clemson: UNC leads 32-13
at Littlejohn: UNC leads 23-10
at Chapel Hill: UNC leads 49-0
This Year: UNC 68, Clemson 66, Jan. 14 at Chapel Hill
UNC Streak: UNC has won 4 in row
Last Year at CU: UNC won 87-69
Last CU Win: 75-65 at Clemson in 2000-01 season