UNC - Clemson Game Notes

Oliver Purnell

News and notes surrounding Wednesday night's game against North Carolina.

* Clemson has beaten North Carolina four of the last six years at Littlejohn Coliseum, including each of the last two years under two different coaches. Clemson won the contest last year 81-72 when it made 11-13 three-point goals, an all-time Clemson record.

* Clemson center Sharrod Ford has shot 23-32 from the field over his career against North Carolina. a .719 figure. Ford currently ranks in the top 10 in the ACC in rebounding, blocked shots and field goal percentage. He is in the top 10 in Clemson history in field goal percentage and blocked shots and is now 15th in rebounding.

* Junior guard Shawan Robinson has made 10-20 three-point goals in his career against North Carolina, including 5-6 in last year's Clemson victory in Littlejohn Coliseum. Robinson is shooting 51.3 percent from three-point range in Littlejohn Coliseum so far this season.

* In seven of the last eight Clemson games, the team that has won the first five minutes of the second has gone on to win the game. That includes both games last week. Clemson went on a 10-2 run to open the second half at Florida State and went on to a two-point victory. Virginia Tech went on an 11- 5 run to open the second half in its two-point win over the Tigers last Saturday.

* Clemson Head Coach Oliver Purnell and North Carolina Head Coach Roy Williams were assistant coaches on the USA Basketball's 2004 Olympic Team in Athens, Greece.

* Clemson's game with North Carolina is its only home game in a 19-day period between Jan. 9-28. Clemson is in the middle of playing four out of five conference games on the road. Clemson, NC State, Virginia Tech and Florida State are the only league teams who have to play four out of five ACC games on the road at any point in the season.

* Clemson has beaten a top 20 North Carolina team 12 times, including three times since 1999. Clemson has seven wins over top 10 Tar Heel teams and four wins over top five North Carolina teams. Clemson has more top 20 wins over North Carolina than any other school. Of course, there have been more opportunities than any other school.

* Clemson is shooting 49.6 percent from the field at home and just 39.7 percent from the field on the road so far this year. Clemson is 7-1 at home so far this year with the only loss coming to Wake Forest.

* Freshman Cliff Hammonds leads all conference freshmen in scoring so far this year with a 10.1 average. The native of Cairo, GA who leads the team in playing time had a 3.25 GPA in architecture in his first semester at Clemson.

Clemson vs. North Carolina Series
* Clemson has won two of the last three with North Carolina. When Clemson won the last meeting of 2002-03 and the first meeting of 2003-04, it was just the third time in history Clemson had won consecutive games from the Tar Heels. It was the first time Clemson had done it since the 1979-80 era. Clemson also won two straight from North Carolina in 1963-64, the only time Clemson has swept North Carolina in the same season. Clemson defeated North Carolina twice in double overtime that season.

* Clemson has defeated North Carolina at Clemson four of the last six years, the first time Clemson has beaten North Carolina four times in a six-season period since the 1975-80 era. Last year when Clemson defeated North Carolina at Clemson it gave Clemson three wins in a four-year period of North Carolina. Chris Hobbs, a senior in 2003-04, played in all three of those games and was the first Tiger to play in three wins over the Tar Heels since Bobby Conrad played in three from 1977-80. Ironically, Hobbs was from Chapel Hill.

* The only time Clemson has beaten North Carolina four times in a four-year period was the 1964-67. But, freshmen were not eligible then so no Clemson players played in all four victories.

* The 2001 Clemson victory at Littlejohn Coliseum was one of the biggest upsets in school history. North Carolina entered the game ranked first in the nation and on an 18-game winning streak. Clemson had lost eight consecutive games. In fact, that win over a #1 ranked North Carolina team was Clemson's only victory that year between January 14 and March 7. Clemson lost four straight after the win, all by double digits.

* Overall, North Carolina holds a 113- 19 lead in the series that dates to a 48-24 North Carolina win in Chapel Hill in 1926. Clemson's first win in the series took place in the 1939 Southern Conference Tournament, when Clemson upset North Carolina behind Banks McFadden, 44-43. That was the opening round of the event held in Raleigh. Clemson's only other win in the series before 1964 took place in Tiger town, 77-69 in 1952. North Carolina won 38 of the first 40 games of the series, including 25 in a row between 1951- 52 and 1963-64 seasons.

* Clemson has defeated North Carolina in consecutive seasons just four times, including the last two years. Clemson won in back to back years over North Carolina in 1965-66 and 1966-67; 1978-79 and 1979-80, and 1888-89 and 1989-90; and each of the last two years. Clemson has never beaten North Carolina in three consecutive seasons, but will have a chance to accomplish that feat on Wednesday night.

* Clemson is 15-32 against North Carolina in games played at Clemson, 0-50 in Chapel Hill and 4-31 in games played at neutral sites. While Clemson has never beaten North Carolina in Chapel Hill, the Tigers did have a regular season sweep of North Carolina in 1963-64. That year Clemson won at Clemson and in Charlotte in the North-South Doubleheader.

* Clemson's only win over North Carolina in the ACC tournament took place in 1996 a game played in Greensboro. Clemson overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to win 75-73. Greg Buckner's dunk off a pass from Harold Jamison with 0.6 seconds left won the game for Clemson.

* The Tigers are 4-72 against North Carolina in games played in the state of North Carolina. That streak is not long because Clemson won the 1996 ACC Tournament game in Greensboro between the two teams, 75-73.

* The other victories over North Carolina in the Tar Heel state came in 1966- 67, when Clemson beat a #4 UNC team in Charlotte at the North-South Doubleheader by a 92-88 score; in 1963-64 by a 97-90 count, also at the North-South Doubleheader in Charlotte; in 1938-39, in a 44-43 win in Raleigh at the Southern Conference Tournament.

Clemson Has Had Success vs. Tar Heels in Littlejohn
Over the last six years Clemson has beaten North Carolina four times at Littlejohn Coliseum. That is the most wins for the Clemson program in a six-year period against the Tar Heels since the 1975-80 era when Clemson beat North Carolina four times under Bill Foster. All four of those victories were also at home. The only other time Clemson has beaten North Carolina four times in a six-year period took place between 1964-67 when Clemson gained four wins in just four years, including two in Charlotte in the North-South Doubleheader.

Among the other ACC teams, Clemson is 5-1 against Florida State, 4-2 against North Carolina, 4-2 against NC State, 3- 3 against Georgia Tech, 3-3 against Virginia, 1- 5 against Wake Forest and 0-6 against Maryland and Duke, in Littlejohn Coliseum over the last six seasons. So, Clemson has had its second highest success rate at home against North Carolina over the last six seasons.

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