North Carolina (5-11, 1-5) at Clemson (11-9, 2-5)
Littlejohn Coliseum - Clemson, S.C.
TV: Fox Sports Net
Radio: (Listen Live)
UNC Injury News:
Jason Capel practiced on Friday and will be a game-time decision. Jackie Manuel's stress fracture is likely to keep him on the sideline, though he is listed as day-to-day. Orlando Melendez is suffering from tendenitis in his left knee and is questionable. Kris Lang is probable, as he had a torn toenail removed on Thursday.
Clemson Season to Date: The Tigers have been the victims of two non conference upsets (Winthrop and Yale), but Coach Shyatt's young squad is well ahead of last season's basement-finishing pace. Clemson beat Virginia at home and Georgia Tech in Atlanta -- and if it weren't for a last second Wolfpack tip-in, they'd have three conference wins. Last season, they totaled two ACC wins all season. (2001-2002 Schedule w/Results)
Edward Scott and Tony Stockman have provided the backcourt with both court leadership (combining for about 200 assists through 20 games) and a potent scoring punch, while the improved play of wing Jamar McKnight, the team's high scorer, has made Will Solomon a distant memory. And, what the frontcourt of Ray Henderson and Chapel Hill native Chris Hobbs lack in height, they make up for in bulk.
Probable Starting Lineup:
Edward Scott (6-0, Jr., G) 10.1 pts, 7.8 ast, 4.9 reb
Tony Stockman (6-1, So., G) 11.5 pts, 37% 3pt
Jamar McKnight (6-5, Fr., F) 12.8 pts, 4.3 reb, 43% 3pt
Chris Hobbs (6-7, So., F) 12.2 pts, 6.1 reb
Ray Henderson (6-8, Jr., C) 9.4 pts, 9.5 reb
Chey Christie (6-4, Fr., G) 5.0 pts
Tomas Nagys (6-8, Jr., F) 4.8 pts, 4.6 reb
Dwon Clifton (6-4, So., G) 4.1 pts, 2.2 ast
Sharrod Ford (6-9, Fr., F) 4.1 pts, 3.2 reb
Head coach Larry Shyatt
(AP photos by Mary Ann Chastain)
Game Facts from Sports Info:
- The Tar Heels have lost six straight games heading into the game against the Tigers, equaling the second-longest losing streak in school history. The first six-game losing streak came in the 1920-21 season. The only longer losing streak in Carolina annals was an eight-game skid in 1950-51.
- Four of the six teams that have beaten UNC in this stretch are currently ranked in the Top 25, including two teams ranked in the Top 10.
- UNC is seeking its first win of the 2002 calendar year and its first road win of the year. The Tar Heels are 0-4 on the road this season and have lost six consecutive road games beginning with the loss at Clemson last year. Carolina's last road win was on Feb. 6, 2001, at Wake Forest.
- Last year, Carolina beat the Tigers in two out of three meetings, including the most recent game in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals in Atlanta. Jason Capel hit six three-pointers in that 99-81 victory. The Tigers knocked off No. 1 Carolina and ended UNC's 18-game win streak with a 75-65 decision in Clemson on Feb. 18. The Tar Heels downed the Tigers, 92-65, in Chapel Hill on Jan. 17.
- Carolina leads the all-time series against Clemson, 109-17. The Tar Heels have beaten the Tigers 22 times in the last 26 meetings since the 1990-91 season. UNC has won four of the last five against Clemson but has lost two of its last three games in Littlejohn Coliseum (last year and in 1999).