Clemson vs. UNC Game Notes

No. 19 Clemson takes on top-ranked North Carolina Sunday evening at Littlejohn Coliseum.

• 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 2003-04.

• 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 State.

• 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 Clemson.

*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 in 2005-06. Top Stories