No Easy Task

CLEMSON - Brad Brownell doesn't have time to talk about the 54 Clemson teams that have gone to Chapel Hill and left with a loss.

WHAT: Clemson at North Carolina
WHERE: Smith Center (21,750) - Chapel Hill, N.C.
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 18 (8 p.m.)
SPREAD: North Carolina -5
TV: Raycom


Instead of worrying about the 0-54 record Clemson has at North Carolina, the Tigers' first-year coach is too busy trying to make sure his team increases their current winning streak to nine games.

"There haven't been a lot of people that have gone up to North Carolina and had much success," Brownell said. "In all honesty, I haven't really talked about it much with our guys, because I don't even know that it's relevant to [Tuesday's] game.

"What happened 10 years ago or 20 years ago or 30 years ago doesn't really apply to [Tuesday] night at 8…I haven't really worried about it. I can't imagine that coach [Roy] Williams, that that's a high priority of his either."

Clemson is coming off an impressive 87-62 home win over Georgia Tech last Wednesday night, which was originally scheduled a day earlier.

"I feel good about the way we're playing, heading into the game," he said. "I probably would have liked to play over the weekend as opposed to practicing, since we're on a pretty good roll here."

Andre Young, who's made at least one 3-pointer in every game this season, is like his coach. He would have rather played again this weekend.

"Guys, at this point, just want to play," he said. "We want to go out there and have fun, pull together and get wins."

Tuesday night's game will be the third in six days for North Carolina. The most recent was Sunday night's 78-58 loss at Georgia Tech.

"Right now, UNC is team we need to beat to be at that level." - Andre Young. (Getty Images)
Young expects to see a Tar Heel team that's extra motivated after getting blown out on the road.

"That's the way I would feel. I'd be motivated to come out and prove myself in front of my home crowd, so we're going to have really come out and play hard," he said.

To make some more noise as contenders in the ACC, Jerai Grant believes the Dean Dome is a good place to do just that.

"Right now, UNC is team we need to beat to be at that level," he said.

North Carolina (12-5, 2-1 ACC) had won five-straight before losing to Georgia Tech. The other four losses are to Texas, Illinois, Vanderbilt and Minnesota.

Three players average double-digits in scoring for the Tar Heels. Ten players average double-digits in minutes.

"Certainly they're bench is another factor that can be significant in the game," Brownell said. "Our bench is going to have to play well."

North Carolina (12-5, 2-1)
G #11 Larry Drew II (6-2, 180) - 4.6 PPG, 3.7 APG
G #1 Dexter Strickland (6-3, 180) - 8.6 PPG, 2.9 APG
F#40 Harrison Barnes (6-8, 210) - 11.7 PPG, 5.3 RPG
F #31 John Henson (6-10, 210) - 10.4 PPG, 8.2 RPG
C #44 Tyler Zeller (7-0, 250) - 14.2 PPG, 7.4 RPG

Clemson (13-4, 2-1)
G #2 Demontez Stitt (6-2, 180) - 13.5 PPG, 3.4 RPG
G #11 Andre Young (5-9, 170) - 10.7 PPG, 3 APG
G #5 Tanner Smith (6-5, 210) - 8.9 PPG, 3.9 RPG
F #45 Jerai Grant (6-8, 230) - 12.9 PPG, 6.9 RPG
F #31 Devin Booker (6-8, 245) - 8.3 PPG, 5.2 RPG Top Stories