CHAPEL HILL – At least one record will remain in tact.
The North Carolina Tar Heels saved a little face tonight by defeating the Clemson Tigers, 96-78, at the Dean E. Smith Center, moving the Heels to 48-0 at home all-time against the gang from Death Valley.
Here are some of the game notes from UNC's eighth win in 26 games and fourth Atlantic Coast Conference defeat in 15 contests.
*Carolina has now beaten Clemson 24 of the last 28 times they have played.
*UNC's win was the 18th time in the last 19 seasons that it has beaten Clemson at home by double figures. The only time the Tigers came within 10 points of the Tar Heels was in the 1997-98 season when UNC won 88-79. UNC's average margin of victory in the 10 previous games at the Dean Dome against Clemson was 23.6 points.
*Carolina two highest shooting percentage games of the year have been in both wins over Clemson. In the first matchup at Littlejohn Coliseum, UNC shot 55.4% from the floor. On Wednesday night the Heels shot 55.9%.
*In the two wins over Clemson, Adam Boone has combined to score 36 points, hand out 11 assists and turned the ball over just once.
*The Tar Heels are now 3-13 in 2002 and 6-8 at home this season.
*With the victory, the Tar Heels are now 111-17 all-time against the Tigers. UNC is 31-13 at Clemson and 30-4 on neutral courts.
*The closest Clemson has come to defeating UNC in Chapel Hill was in the 1973-74 season when UNC won 61-60 and the 1935-36 season when the Tar Heels edged the Tigers 24-23.
*Wendesday night was just the eighth time that Clemson has entered Chapel Hill with a better record than UNC.
*With 28 points, Jason Capel is 26th on UNC's career scoring list with 1,412 points. Capel also has 786 career rebounds, which is 17th on UNC's career list.
*Kris Lang's six points give him 1,372 for his career, which puts him at 28th on the school's all-time scoring list. Lang now has 669 career rebounds.
*Entering the game Carolina had shot 50.8 percent in victories this season and were at 40.2% in losses. UNC also came in averaging 88.3 points per game in wins and 66.2 in defeat.
*Entering Sunday's game, UNC had a 4.0 rebounding margin per game edge in wins and a -5.9 per game deficit in losses.
*The ACC's record against the other power conferences: A-10 (6-1); Big East (10-4); Big Ten (6-4); Big 12 (1-3); C-USA (5-3); MWC (1-0); Pac-10 (0-1); SEC (4-4).
Andrew Jones is in his sixth year covering football and basketball for Inside Carolina. He is also in his fourth year as a copy editor and staff writer for the Wilmington Star-News and hosts a nightly radio show on WAAV-AM980 in Wilmington. He has also written for ACCNews and once published The College Game and the former Total Sports. He can be reached via e-mail at: AJWAAV@aol.com.