UNC - Clemson News & Notes

The Clemson Tigers battle the North Carolina Tar Heels tonight at the Deam Dome. If the Tigers can win for the first time ever in Chapel Hill, they will avoid the play-in game of the ACC tournament. If they lose, they will likely face this same North Carolina team next Thursday night.

Clemson (13-15, 4-11) at North Carolina (7-18, 3-11)
Dean E. Smith Center 9:00 p.m.
TV: Raycom/Jefferson-Pilot
Line: North Carolina by 4

Clemson Coach Larry Shyatt:
"You are reminded each year about the streak, certainly its one of the great streaks for one, and another not so good streak for the other."

"I really don't think the players are effected by it much, I remember a few years back and both teams were in the top 10, and that was supposed to be the year, and then there was the year we brought six players back and then that was going to be the year it ended. There is seemingly a pretty good story line each and every year."

UNC Coach Matt Daughtery:
"With all that we've gone through this year, for us to come out on the road like that (against N.C. State), I was real proud of our guys. Came back and had a really good practice yesterday. Kris Lang and Jason Capel have been terrific and everybody else has followed along. We're looking forward to playing another game and sending the seniors out on a positive note against Clemson."

On The Streak:
"We're not going to rally about a streak - we're rallying to play well and beat Clemson. Certainly I addressed the streak, because everyone's talking about it. I told the team that the reason there's been such a great streak is that Carolina has played better in those games at home, so we've got to make sure we don't lose sight of what's important, and that's playing well against Clemson on Wednesday night -- not the streak.

"I think (the pressure can get to us) if we let it. It's an amazing streak, but it's something that if we let it bother us, it will. Again, our focus has to be on getting better in practice and playing well on Wednesday at 9:00.

"Again, it's trying to channel the focus, I think that's the biggest thing. Let's not focus on the streak, let's focus on getting prepared to play a Clemson team that's playing some pretty good basketball."

Series History:
* Clemson's only win over North Carolina in the ACC tournament took place in 1996. Clemson overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to win 75-73. Greg Buckner's dunk off a pass from Harold Jamison with 0.6 seconds left won the game for Clemson.

* The Tigers are 4-69 against North Carolina in games played in the state of North Carolina. That streak is not long because Clemson won the 1996 ACC Tournament game in Greensboro between the two teams , 75-73. The other victories over North Carolina in the Tar Heel state came in 1966-67, when Clemson beat a #4 UNC team in Charlotte at the North-South Doubleheader by a 92-88 score; in 1963-64 by a 97-90 count, also at the North-South Doubleheader in Charlotte; in 1938-39, in a 44-43 win in Raleigh at the Southern Conference Tournament.

Clemson forward Chris Hobbs is a native of Chapel Hill, NC and a graduate of East Chapel Hill High. He will return to his hometown Wednesday night to face the Tar Heels. Hobbs was one of the top players in North Carolina as a junior in high school averaging 20 points and 12 rebounds per game. But, he suffered a torn ACL as a senior and played just two games.
* Carolina leads the all-time series against Clemson, 110-17. The Tar Heels have beaten the Tigers 23 times in their last 27 meetings (since the 1990-91 season). UNC has won five of the last six against Clemson with the lone loss coming in Clemson last year.

* The Tar Heels lead the series, 47-0, in games played in Chapel Hill. Carolina's 47-game unbeaten mark against the Tigers is the second-longest home streak in NCAA history for a team against one opponent. Princeton has defeated Brown 52 times in a row since 1929. That is the longest streak in NCAA history, as well as the longest active streak.

* Carolina has beaten the Tigers at home by double figures in 17 of the last 18 seasons. In the lone exception (1997-98), Carolina beat the Tigers, 88-79. Over the last 10 years, the Tar Heels have averaged a margin of victory of 23.6 points in the games played in the Smith Center.

* Clemson will travel to Chapel Hill with a better overall winning percentage than North Carolina. This will be just the eighth time in history that Clemson has entered a game in Chapel Hill with a better overall record than North Carolina, but the fourth time since 1995-96. Clemson is 0-7 in Chapel Hill when it enters the game with a better overall record than the Tar Hells. The closest Clemson has come to beating North Carolina in that situation was in 1935-36 when North Carolina won 24-23. Clemson was 2-0 entering that game and it was the season opener for the Tar Heels.

* North Carolina has an average margin of victory of 21.5 points per game in its 47 wins in Chapel Hill over the Tigers. They have defeated Clemson by an average of 22.5 points per game since 1981-82, the last time Clemson came within five points of victory (77-72). Clemson has been within 10 points of the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill just once since 1981-82, an 88-79 loss in 1997-98, Rick Barnes's last year at Clemson.

* The 1992-93 contest was a game Clemson had a chance to gain victory. Clemson trailed by just five points, 70-65 with under four minutes left. Chris Whitney scored eight three-point goals, including seven in the second half, to lead the Clemson charge. But, North Carolina went on a 10-2 run to end the game and won, 80-67. Whitney had 24 points in the game and Sharone Wright added 20 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocked shots.

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