In a matter of hours, the North Carolina Tar Heels will face the Clemson Tigers at Littlejohn Coliseum at 7 p.m. Carolina sits in third place in the ACC with a 9-5 record, while Clemson sits in eighth place with a 5-9 record. Although this game seems like an easy win for the Tar Heels, people should not underestimate Clemson when they place at home. Clemson has had a few close games at home, as of late. For instance, on February 17th, 2013, the No. 3 ranked Miami Hurricanes beat Clemson by the score of 45-43. Miami won the game when Kenny Kadji hit a three-pointer with 36 seconds left in the game. A week earlier, Clemson played a great game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack and lost this game by one point, 58-57. In this game, N.C. State’s Scott Wood hit a three-pointer with one second left in the game.
Carolina should expect for Clemson to slow the game down. UNC is tied with N.C. State in the ACC with the second-ranked scoring offense, averaging 78.1 points. Clemson sits in last place in scoring offense for the ACC, at 61.8 points. UNC must continue to push the ball in transition. This is one of Carolina’s strong points, in addition to their rebounding. North Carolina ranks seventh overall in the NCAA in rebounding (40.8), in addition to being ranked third overall in the NCAA in assists per game (17.7).
Likewise, UNC head coach Roy Williams will probably continue to use the “small ball” lineup. This lineup uses a four-guard lineup, with P.J. Hairston. Carolina has been a different team, since this change was implemented. Although Clemson might be slightly bigger down low, expect the Tar Heels to win this game. However, Clemson will keep it close since they are defending their home turf.