Clemson (7-17, 3-10) at North Carolina (7-18, 3-11)
Dean E. Smith Center
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Matt Doherty Pregame Quotes:
"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."
On Jason Capel and Kris Lang -
"Hopefully when their season is over, people will look back on their careers, not just one year, and see that they started for four years, been to Final Fours, won ACC championships, and gotten their degree and been good citizens. They are two good kids who have done a lot for this program -- along with Brian Bersticker and Orlando Melendez."
More on Capel -
"His versatility is unique in that he did play three positions here. His ability to pass, shoot, handle the ball, his toughness, going through back surgery, problems with his hamstring. He's a very tough kid. Last year we played College of Charleston and he plays 30-something minutes, wins the game and that night he's in the hospital with dehydration. He has done some special things here and he will always be appreciated the coaching staffs that have coached him and hopefully the fans."
On turning it around next season -
"I don't think you can say. That's pure speculation. We're going to come in with six new players and we're going to lose four experienced players. So, you're talking about really starting from scratch next year. I was a McDonald's All-American. The same year, Clyde Drexler and John Stockton were not. Kids are being judged on what they did in high school and now we've got to see what they can do on the college level. It's a big adjustment. You're talking about over half our team will be freshmen. It's going to take time for them to mature, grow and develop. For me to put a timetable on that would be a foolish thing to do. ... It's made for a tough year, but we're going to get through it and I think the future is bright."
Probable Starting Lineup:
Edward Scott (6-0, Jr., G) 11.7 pts, 7.9 ast, 4.9 reb
Tony Stockman (6-1, So., G) 11.8 pts, 35% 3pt
Jamar McKnight (6-5, Fr., F) 13.0 pts, 4.2 reb
Chris Hobbs (6-7, So., F) 12.2 pts, 6.1 reb
Ray Henderson (6-8, Jr., C) 8.4 pts, 9.0 reb
Chey Christie (6-4, Fr., G) 5.2 pts
Tomas Nagys (6-8, Jr., F) 4.4 pts, 4.4 reb
Dwon Clifton (6-4, So., G) 3.2 pts, 1.9 ast
Sharrod Ford (6-9, Fr., F) 4.2 pts, 3.4 reb
First Meeting (1/27/2002):
Tar Heels Lower the Boone on Tigers
UNC-Clemson Postgame: Locker Room Report
UNC-Clemson Doherty Postgame Quotes
UNC-Clemson: The Good and the Bad
UNC-Clemson Box Score
UNC-Clemson Photo Gallery
* 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.
(Thanks to UNC Athletic Communications.)