Coach Roy Williams of North Carolina saw more pep and less frustration in his players Sunday, the day after they won their second ACC game. And suddenly, at least a little bit had changed. "Everybody's a little more positive, and they've got a little more bounce in their step," Williams said. "Then you start thinking about Clemson coming in here, and it slows that step down a little bit." Clemson and UNC will meet at 9 tonight at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, and each team has an important issue on its agenda.
Heels, Tigers have lots at stake
The Winston Salem Journal
Clemson is coming off its first loss of the season and going to a place where it has never won in men's basketball.
Hardly an ideal situation for the Tigers when they play at North Carolina.
Tar Heels try to extend confidence, streak
The Burlington Times-News
North Carolina coach Roy Williams' first rule for reserves is "Don't hurt us," followed immediately by the command "Do anything you can to help us."
If the Tar Heels' bench doesn't start offering some help -- particularly on offense -- a question has emerged about how long before the hurting sets in.
Entering tonight's game against No. 10-ranked Clemson (16-1, 2-1 ACC), Carolina's reserves are averaging only a combined 12.3 points a game through UNC's first four ACC contests. Those totals include a lowly six points in North Carolina's win Thursday at Virginia. By comparison, forward Danny Green -- UNC's sixth man in 2007-08 -- averaged 11.1 points in regular-season league games all by himself last season. The bench's smallest output last season was four points in a Feb. 6 home loss against Duke.
Heels want boost from bench
The News and Observer
The history of Clemson vs. North Carolina in basketball has produced some stark numbers concerning one program's almost total domination of the other.
Tigers' coach Oliver Purnell is not one to spend much time looking back as he brings his 10th-ranked team into Chapel Hill tonight (9 p.m., ESPN), looking to snap a 0-for-53 skid on the campus of No. 5 UNC.
Clemson 0-for-forever in Chapel Hill
The Asheville Citizen-Times
Once he finished jumping around as part of his pre-game jig, Danny Green generally could be counted on to provide a jolt of offense coming off the bench for North Carolina last season.
Going Green? Tar Heels still seeking production off the bench
The Durham Herald-Sun
Mired in a season-long shooting slump, Will Graves is using Ray Allen as an inspiration.
Graves looks to shoot his way out of slump
The Durham Herald-Sun
Before the college basketball season tipped off, there was a feeling in some circles that every team in the Atlantic Coast Conference, if not nationally, was playing for second place. North Carolina was such a clear favorite for league and national honors that some had crowned the Tar Heels champions-in-waiting.
North Carolina still looking good ... but not invincible
The USA Today
Senior guard K.C. Rivers rolled his eyes. Junior forward Trevor Booker shrugged his shoulders.
Sophomore guard Terrence Oglesby, never afraid to wear his emotions on his sleeve, combined a roll of his eyes with a head jerk for effect.
References to the 53-game losing streak at North Carolina elicited contempt from Clemson players.
Tigers face Heels as well as history
The Columbia State
Clemson has never won a basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C. Thanks to an epic meltdown last year, the Tigers are 0-53 dating back to 1925. It ranks alone as the longest streak of road futility in NCAA history. Some have taken to calling it a curse.
Tigers coach Oliver Purnell is not among them.
Time may have come for Tigers
The Augusta Chronicle
These Tigers do not believe ghosts inhabit the Smith Center. Yes, they are aware Clemson men's basketball has never won in Chapel Hill. The Tigers have heard much about the 53 consecutive defeats at North Carolina, marking the nation's longest road losing streak.
Tigers looking to put an end to the 0-for-53 skid at North Carolina
The Charleston Post and Courier