Clemson Basketball begins ACC Play at UNC Wednesday Night

The 7-5 Tigers look to turn their season around with a monumental win in its first ACC game of the season, as they play at #7 UNC on Wednesday night!

The Clemson Tigers (7-5) travel to Chapel Hill, NC, to take on the No. 7 North Carolina Tar Heels (11-2) on Wednesday in the first game of ACC play. Clemson is coming off a 71-48 blowout loss to Georgia, while UNC dominated UNC Greensboro 96-63 on Monday.

Clemson projected starters:
  • PG Avry Holmes
  • SG Jordan Roper
  • SF Donte Grantham
  • PF Jaron Blossomgame
  • C Landry Nnoko

Clemson is ranked #7 in the NCAA in scoring defense (58.8 points), while North Carolina is ranked #7 in the NCAA in scoring offense (87.1 points).

North Carolina will be without junior forward Kennedy Meeks for the fifth-straight game due to a bone bruise in his left knee. Meeks was averaging 12.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game prior to the injury.

Including Meeks, the Tar Heels currently have four players averaging double-figure scoring; Brice Johnson (16.2 points), Marcus Paige (14.6 points), Justin Jackson (13.5 points) and Joel Berry (11.8 points).
UNC leads the series history 129-20 and have won the last seven games. Clemson has never won in Chapel Hill (0-57). The Tigers last beat the No. 12 Tar Heels in 2010 at Littlejohn Coliseum, 83-64.
Matchup to Watch: Jaron Blossomgame vs. Brice Johnson; Blossomgame (6'7") is shorter than Johnson (6'10"), but Blossomgame's scoring ability and athleticism makes the matchup interesting. Each lead their team in scoring and rebounds (Blossomgame: 15.4 points, 6.9 rebounds -- Johnson: 16.2 points, 9.7 rebounds).

Watch: The game is being televised on ESPN2 on Wednesday at 7:00 PM ET.

TIGER TRACKS

• Clemson faces arguably the most difficult schedule over the first half of league play, beginning Wednesday at North Carolina. The Tigers are slated to see just one team, Florida State, that is outside of the top 77 in the current RPI over their next nine games. The Tar Heels are No. 9 in the latest RPI.

• Brad Brownell is Clemson’s career winning percentage leader in ACC games, and has led the Tigers to eight or more ACC wins in four of five seasons.

• The Tigers are in search of a win over a Naismith Hall of Fame head coach for the third straight season. Clemson defeated Mike Krzyzewski’s Duke team in 2014 and Jim Boeheim-led Syracuse last season.

• In four games coming off the bench, senior center Landry Nnoko has averaged 9.0 points per game and shot 67 percent from the field (16-24). Nnoko is shooting a career-best 59 percent from the field this season.

• Nnoko needs just four rebounds to reach 500 for his career. He will join teammate Jaron Blossomgame, who reached the mark with five boards at Georgia, when he reaches 500.


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