WHAT: Clemson at No. 7 North Carolina
WHERE: Dean E. Smith Center (21,750) - Chapel Hill, N.C.
WHEN: Saturday, February 18 (4 p.m.)
SPREAD: North Carolina -13
TV: ESPN (Mike Patrick, Len Elmore)
The Tigers' second-year head coach would rather treat Saturday's trip to North
Carolina just like any other on the schedule.
"We just talk about strengths and weaknesses of North Carolina, our
weaknesses," he said. "We try to put together a plan to win the game."
Here's the problem: there aren't many weaknesses to speak of when talking
about North Carolina [22-4, 9-2 ACC].
"They don't have a lot of guys playing right now. Several of their guys
are hurt. They're only playing about six or seven guys," Brownell said.
"It's not that problematic for them. You hope that maybe you can wear them
down a little bit…they don't slow their style down because they're playing
six or seven guys."
And those six or seven guys are pretty good.
Harrison Barnes is second in the ACC in scoring with 17.7 points per game
while Tyler Zeller is seventh with 15.7.
John Henson leads the conference in rebounding [10.3]. Zeller is third
Kendall Marshall, who is second in the country with 9.6 assists per contest,
has a big fan in Brownell.
"He's a player that makes other guys better. His basketball I.Q. and
passing ability is as good as anybody I've seen in college," Brownell
He's impressed by the Tar Heels' front court trio, too.
"[They are] certainly the most talented team in our league and one of the
most talented teams in the country. [It's] an incredible front line with
Zeller, Henson and Barnes," Brownell said.
North Carolina (22-4, 9-2)
G #5 Kendall Marshall (6-3, 186) - 6.7 PPG, 9.6 APG
G #35 Reggie Bullock (6-7, 190) - 8.3 PPG, 4.6 RPG
G #40 Harrison Barnes (6-8, 210) - 17.7 PPG, 5.0 RPG
F #31 John Henson (6-10, 210) - 14.0 PPG, 10.3 RPG
C #44 Tyler Zeller (7-0, 250) - 15.7 PPG, 9.6 RPG
Clemson (13-12, 5-6)
G #11 Andre Young (5-9, 170) - 13.6 PPG, 3.0 RPG
G #5 Tanner Smith (6-5, 210) - 11.3 PPG, 5.2 RPG
F #21 Bryan Narcisse (6-2, 225) - 3.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG
F #24 Milton Jennings (6-9, 225) - 9.3 PPG, 5.5 RPG
F #31 Devin Booker (6-8, 245) - 10.9 PPG, 6.8 RPG
Previewing North Carolina
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