• Clemson will face number-one ranked North Carolina on Sunday night. Clemson is 2-27 all-time against the number-one team, but one of the wins took place at Clemson vs. North Carolina. That was a 75-65 victory on Feb. 18, 2001. Clemson's other win over #1 took place on Jan. 9, 1980, an 87-82 win over Duke in overtime.
• Clemson has not beaten North Carolina since the 2003-
04 season, Oliver Purnell's first year. Clemson defeated a
13th ranked North Carolina team that day, 81-72 behind
a school record 11-13 three-point shooting day. North
Carolina has won six in a row in the series.
• Clemson has defeated a top 20 North Carolina team 10
times in its history. That includes eight wins over top
10 UNC teams since 1967.
• Clemson is ranked 19th in the nation in both polls this
week, the seventh straight week Clemson has been
ranked in the top 25 in both polls. North Carolina is
ranked first. This is the 25th meeting of top 25 teams
in the history of Littlejohn Coliseum. Clemson is 16-8
in the previous 24, but is just 1-5 against North Carolina
when both teams are ranked. Clemson is 1-12 lifetime
in games vs. UNC when both teams are ranked in the
top 25 entering the game regardless of site.
• Clemson freshman Terrence Oglesby is averaging 12.5
points per game. He is scoring at a 28.3 rate when pro
rated to a 40 minute game, on pace for a Clemson record.
He has made 30 of his last 56 three-point shots.
• North Carolina enters this game with Hall of Fame
Coach Roy Williams on the sidelines. The last time a
coach came to Clemson with Hall of Fame credntials
on his resume the Tigers came away with a win. The
Tigers defeated Syracuse and Hall of Fame head Coach
Jim Boeheim in the NIT quarterfinals last year.
• James Mays, a native of Garner, NC, is back in the Clemson
lineup after missing five games due to a hip injury.
This will be his fourth game back in the lineup. He had
18 points in Clemson's win at Alabama.
• Clemson is coming off a 87-61 win at Alabama on Jan.
1. That 26-point victory is the largest victory margin in
Clemson history on the road against an SEC team.
• Demontez Stitt ranks second in the ACC in free throw
shooting. The freshman from Matthews, NC has made
38-for-43 from the charity stripe for an accuracy mark
of 88.4 percent. He has made 15 straight.
• Cliff Hammonds has 213 career three-point goals, and
needs just two in Sunday's game to move past Will
Solomon for second place in school history. Terrell
McIntyre (1995-99) is Clemson's all-time leader with
259 three-point goals in his career. He has made at
least one three-point basket in each of Clemson's last
40 games dating to last year. He leads the ACC in assist/
turnover ratio with a 2.94 figure.
• Clemson is one of six schools ranked in the top 25 in
both football and basketball.
Clemson vs. North Carolina Series
•North Carolina holds a 118-19 lead
in the series with Clemson and the Tar Heels
have won six in a row, including three during
their drive to the 2005 National Championship.
North Carolina won the last meeting that
year in the ACC tournament by an 88-81 score,
but the Tigers had a 71-58 lead with 9:30 left.
North Carolina won the only meeting last year at
Clemson by 22 points. Both teams were ranked
in the top 20 in the nation entering that game.
•Oliver Purnell is 1-7 in his career
against North Carolina, 1-6 as coach at Clemson
and 0-1 when he was at Old Dominion. He
defeated the Tar Heels and Roy Williams the
first time they met as Clemson coach, 81-72 in
• When Clemson won the last meeting
of 2002-03 and the first meeting of 2003-04, it
was just the third time in history Clemson had
won consecutive games from the Tar Heels. It
was the first time Clemson had done it since the
1979-80 era. Clemson also won two straight
from North Carolina in 1963-64, the only time
Clemson has swept North Carolina in the same
season. Clemson defeated North Carolina twice
in double overtime that season.
•Clemson has defeated North Carolina
at Clemson four of the last nine years. The
two teams played just once each of the last
two years. They did not meet in Chapel Hill last
year. North Carolina has a 52-0 record against
Clemson in Chapel Hill over the years.
•Clemson upset a #1 ranked North
Carolina team on Feb. 18, 2001, one of two wins
over the number-one ranked team in the nation
in school history. North Carolina entered the
game on an 18-game winning streak. Clemson
had lost eight consecutive games. In fact,
that win over a #1 ranked North Carolina team
was Clemson's only victory that year between
January 14 and March 7, 2001. Clemson lost
four straight after the win, all by double digits.
They entered the game off a 34-point loss to NC
• North Carolina holds a 118-19
lead in the series that dates to a 48-24 North
Carolina win in Chapel Hill in 1926. Clemson's
first win in the series took place in the 1939
Southern Conference Tournament, when the Tigers
upset North Carolina behind the late Banks
McFadden, 44-43. That was the opening
round of the event held in Raleigh.
Clemson's only other win in the series
before 1964 took place in Tiger town, 77-69
in 1952. North Carolina won 38 of the first 40
games of the series, including 25 in a row between
1951-52 and 1963-64 seasons. That is
the longest losing streak by the Tigers against
an ACC team.
•Clemson has defeated North Carolina
in consecutive seasons just four times,
including as recently as 2002-03 and 2003-04.
Clemson also won in back to back years over
North Carolina in 1965-66 and 1966-67; 1978-
79 and 1979-80, and 1988-89 and 1989-90.
Clemson has never beaten North Carolina in
three consecutive seasons.
•Clemson is 15-34 against North
Carolina in games played at Clemson, 0-52 in
Chapel Hill and 4-32 in games played at neutral
sites. While Clemson has never beaten North
Carolina in Chapel Hill, the Tigers did have
a regular season sweep of North Carolina in
1963-64. That year Clemson won at Clemson
and in Charlotte in the North-South Doubleheader.
•Clemson's only win over North Carolina
in the ACC tournament took place in 1996
in a game played in Greensboro. Clemson
overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to win
75-73. Greg Buckner's (now with the Minnesota
Timberwolve) dunk off a pass from Harold
Jamison with 0.6 seconds left won the game for
*The Tigers are 4-74 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 in ACC Openers
After losing its ACC opener for seven
consecutive years, Clemson has won its ACC
opener each of the last two years. Both the
victories were over Florida State. Clemson
had lost seven straight by at least eight points
to open the ACC schedule prior to a victory
over Florida State to open the ACC schedule
Clemson vs. UNC Game Notes
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