OFFICIAL GAME THREAD: #20 CLEMSON at #15 North Carolina

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 10:58:27

No. 20/18 CLEMSON (15-2, 4-1 ACC) vs. #15/14 NORTH CAROLINA (14-4, 3-2 ACC)
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 16
Tipoff: 7:05 p.m. ET
Arena: Dean E. Smith Center (21,750)
Radio: CTN (Don Munson-pbp; Terrence Oglesby-color)
TV: RSN (Wes Durham -pbp; Dan Bonner-color)

• Clemson is 20-131 all-time against North Carolina; 0-58 at UNC.
• Of those 58 losses, 27 have come inside the Smith Center.
• The Tigers have lost nine in a row to the Tar Heels in the all time series.
• This will mark the first time since 2009-10 that either team will enter the game both ranked in the Top 25 of the AP Poll.
Marcquise Reed scored his 600th point in a Tiger uniform on Jan. 13.

• Reed is one of just 17 players in the country to average at least 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals. He is the lone member of this club in the ACC.

CU Series W-L record: Clemson is 20-131 all-time against North Carolina. 
Streak: The Tar Heels have won nine in a row in the series.

• Clemson fell back one spot in the AP Top 25 poll this week (No. 20). Clemson is also ranked in the USA Today Coaches Poll at No. 18. Clemson’s RPI checks in at seventh nationally.
• Since head coach 
Brad Brownell took over prior to 2010-11, the Tigers have now won 11 games against nationally ranked opponents.

• Coach Brownell passed Oliver Purnell for the third most wins at Clemson with his 139th victory as a Tiger against Miami (Jan. 13).
Donte Grantham, with his second made 3-pointer against Miami, moved into ninth place all-time for threes made in a career (158).

• The Tigers’ next three opponents are a combined 43-10 (at North Carolina, vs. Notre Dame and at Virginia).
• North Carolina has an average margin of victory of 20.4 points per game in its 58 wins in Chapel Hill over the Tigers.
• The Tigers’ adjusted defensive efficiency of 92.8 ranks 12th in the nation, according to KenPom.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 11:04:09

I'm getting ready to drive up to Chapel Hill. Everyone knows about the fact that the Tigers have never won there--ESPN makes sure of that. In my opinion, "the streak" ended in 2008 when the refs blatantly and shamelessly cheated the Tigers out of the game. They were up 17 points in the 2nd half, and then the refs started calling a foul every time the Tigers came within 5 feet of Hansbrough. The foul calls were a ridiculous 31 to 7 in favor of the Heels, and the Tigers lost in overtime. The Heels never led in regulation. If I had my way, we'd bring in a Big Ten crew for the game tonight and see what happens! Let's see if this gritty 15-2 Clemson team can overcome history and cheating ACC refs.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 18:20:48

Ugh for some reason the UNC press WiFi isn't working, so I'll do the best I can to post on my phone. I'll have pist game interviews as well, but if I can't get the WiFi to work, I won't be able to post the videos until morning.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 18:22:10

Bad start for the Tigers. Heels have been hot from 3 early. Eli just scored on a fast break layup and will be at the line for a 3-point play, but the Tigers trail 18-7 with 11:43 left in the half.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 18:27:32

DeVoe just hit a 3 from the corner. Tigers trail by 10 with 10 mins left in the half.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 18:28:04

DeVoe for 3 again! Tigers trail by 7.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 18:29:54

DeVoe with a steal and a fast break layup! He's scored the last 8 for the Tigers. They trail by 9.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 18:46:38

Nice job by Skara and Donnal  on the defensive end with a couple blocks, Sims makes a layup to cut the lead to 9 with 3:14 left in the half.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 18:50:55

Eli layup and one but misses the free throw. 

The Tigers are 4-10 at the line tonight! They were 16-17 at the line in the Miami win. Maybe they shouldn't have shot any yesterday or today like Brownell told us they didn't before the Miami game!

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 18:54:35

One of Heels' best players, Luke Maye, just walked to the locker room with a face full of blood! Looks to be a busted nose. Huge loss if he can't return!

Tigers trail by 9 with 2 mins left in half.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 18:59:38

Finally got an IT guy to fix the WiFi for me! Hooray! 


CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:15:37

Good grief, wide open 3 for UNC. Not a good start to the 2nd half. Tigers trail by 18.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:16:43

Luke Maye just came back to the bench and looks like he will return. It appears to just be a laceration on his face, not a broken nose. They stitched him up in the locker room.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:17:40

Out of the timeout, Eli scores a layup, and Reed gets a steal and a fast break layup. Lead down to 14 quickly.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:18:45

Ugh Johnson with another wide open 3! He is 4-5 from 3 tonight with 14 points. Tigers trail by 17.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:19:09

Another bucket for Eli. Tigers trail by 15.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:20:21

Eli again! He has 6 points in the half. Tigers trail by 13.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:20:43

Another 3 for Johnson. Lol he is 5-6 from 3 tonight.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:21:29

Reed scores and cuts the lead to 12!

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:24:55

Berry hits a 3, and Reed answers. Tigers trail by 12 still.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:25:16

Berry with another 3. Lead back to 15.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:26:56

Heels are 10-21 from 3 tonight (47.6%). They averaged 37.7% coming in.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:27:32

REED FOR 3!!! Lead down to 10 with 14 mins left!

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:28:30

Tigers have made their last 8 field goals! Knock on wood!

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:33:11

Mitchell 3 cuts the lead to 7 with 13 mins left!

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:36:09

MITCHELL FOR 3!!! Tigers trail by 5 with 10 mins left!

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:38:05

DONNAL FOR 3!!! Tigers trail by just 2 with 10 mins left!!!

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:41:18

3-point play by Mitchell makes it a 2-point game again with 8 mins left!!! GAME ON!

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:44:09

Tar Heel great Kenny Smith is in the house!

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:47:33

Good grief Johnson hits another 3! His 6th of the game. Every time the Tigers get within 2, the Heels hit a 3!

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:48:11

Reed makes a couple free throws to cut the lead to 3.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:48:34

Maye 3 makes it a 6-point lead with 5 mins left.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:49:03

Eli back into the game for Donnal with 4:21 left. Eli picked up his 4th foul with about 8 minutes left.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:49:24

Maye makes a pair of free throws to push the lead back to 8.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:50:17

They just took it right at Eli, knowing he couldn't foul. Tigers trail by 8 with 4 mins left.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:56:50

Grantham makes both free throws to cut the lead to 5 with 2 mins left.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:57:08

Ugh Maye hits a 3 to make it 8. That's a dagger.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:57:30

Mitchell 3 makes it 5 again with 1:30 left.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:58:00

Heels make 2 free throws to push the lead to 7 with 1:17 left.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 19:58:55

Mitchell makes em both to cut the lead to 5 with 1:07 left. Gotta get a stop here!

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 20:02:30

Heels make one of two at the line, and Reed drives for a layup. Lead is 4 with under a minute left.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 20:02:56

Good grief Tigers don't get back and give up a cherry pick layup. Lead back to 6.

CUTrevor 2018-01-16 20:04:55

Looks like this one is over. I'll have post-game interviews up in a bit.