Brice Johnson better without Kennedy Meeks? Roy Williams not buying itIs senior Brice Johnson a better player without fellow forward Kennedy Meeks on the floor? Some people certainly think so. Enough to catch Roy Williams’ attention. The 6-foot-10 Johnson averaged 22.5 points and 11.0 rebounds while shooting 38-for-50 from the field in UNC's first four games without the 6-10 Meeks, who is recovering from a bruised knee. (Fayetteville Observer)
UNC Clemson Postgame NotesThis was the 26th time in 28 games that the Tar Heels have beaten the Tigers by 10 or more points in Chapel Hill. Marcus Paige has made a three-pointer in a school-record 38 consecutive games. Isaiah Hicks matched his season high with 14 points and tied his career high with six rebounds. Theo Pinson scored a career-high 13 points and grabbed six rebounds. (GoHeels.com)
Same as always for Clemson in loss at North CarolinaClemson came to Chapel Hill and left with an 80-69 loss to North Carolina, just like the previous 57 games the Tigers have played at North Carolina. Whether they believed they could actually complete the rally or not is a moot point, because the Tar Heels never felt they would lose. (ESPN.com)
UNC-Clemson Postgame QuotesRoy Williams: "Theo Pinson, Isaiah Hicks were huge for us coming off the bench. Didn’t get much out of Brice [Johnson] tonight; he’s been off the charts. I think he started reading his pub and thinking he was all-world and forgot the work part of it, but we got by with Brice having one of the worst games that I’ve ever seen him, but he has been sensational recently." (GoHeels.com)
Recap & Analysis: UNC 80, Clemson 69UNC opened ACC play with a solid defensive effort and five players in double figures to grab an 80-69 win over Clemson. UNC had one major question mark entering ACC play: Defense. For one night anyway it appears UNC answered that with a solid defensive effort to win what ended up being a typical tough, grind-it-out game against Clemson. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: Roy Williams Post-Clemson Press ConferenceNorth Carolina coach Roy Williams addresses the media following the Tar Heels' 80-69 victory over Clemson on December 30, 2015.
Video: Tar Heels Top Clemson 80-69 in ACC Opener - HighlightsMarcus Paige and Joel Berry combined for 34 points to lead Carolina to an 80-69 win over Clemson in the team's first ACC game of the season on December 30, 2015.
No. 7 North Carolina beats Clemson 80-69 in ACC openerMarcus Paige scored 18 points to help No. 7 North Carolina beat Clemson 80-69 on Wednesday in its ACC opener, extending the Tigers' long run of futility in Chapel Hill. Joel Berry II added 16 points for the Tar Heels, who led 37-30 at halftime and by 16 in the second half before turning away the Tigers' last best push. UNC improved to 58-0 all-time against Clemson at home. (Associated Press)
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - ClemsonCarolina doesn't win that game without Isaiah Hicks. The Oxford native played 24 minutes off the bench and was terrific, shooting 5-for-6, making a team-high five trips to the free throw line, grabbing six rebounds. Hicks' contributions are always important, but with Kennedy Meeks still sidelined and Brice Johnson having an off night, Hicks was an essential part of the Tar Heel attack. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Theo Pinson Sets a Career-High vs. ClemsonTheo Pinson provided a big spark off the bench, scoring a career-best 13 points while hitting all five of his shots from the field (including three from deep). Pinson also chipped in six rebounds and two assists in the win over Clemson on December 30, 2015.
Box Score: North Carolina 80, Clemson 69View the complete box score from North Carolina's 80-69 ACC-opening win over Clemson Wednesday in Chapel Hill. (View Box Score)
Sixers' Kendall Marshall coping with demotionBrett Brown anointed Kendall Marshall the 76ers starting point guard on Dec. 16. At the time, the coach said the job was Marshall's to lose. His status as the starter lasted eight days. But instead of sulking, the 6-foot-4, 200-pounder is putting in extra time before practice to be able to contribute in any way. "It's not easy," Marshall said of losing his job. "But it's part of being a professional." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Entering ACC play, Tar Heels familiar with unsettled lineupPerhaps the most reliable aspect for this North Carolina men’s basketball team is its depth. It’s a trait that has grown in part because of necessity. The absence of star point guard Marcus Paige for the first six games and of junior forward Kennedy Meeks for the last four games has given coach Roy Williams reason to experiment with multiple lineup combinations throughout the non-conference schedule, which ended with Monday night’s victory against UNC Greensboro. (Burlington Times-News)
Tar Heels Look To Defend Home Court AgainUNC looks to defend their home court against Clemson for the 58th time in a row. Clemson has yet to win a men’s basketball game in Chapel Hill, with a 0-57 record. Clemson enters the game with a 7-5 record. They will be led by junior forward Jaron Blossomgame, who averages 15.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, leading the team in both categories. (Chapelboro.com)
Can Clemson end the losing streak at North Carolina?How much will UNC miss Kennedy Meeks against Clemson? Andy Katz: The game is at the Dean Smith Center, so not that much. The Tar Heels dominate the Tigers in Chapel Hill. This edition of the series won't be any different. Eamonn Brennan: When your opponent has shown up 57 times and literally never beaten you, not even once, confidence is the sensible approach. (ESPN.com)
|at Virginia Tech||71|
|Blossomgame (Clemson) 13 pts; Robinson (Virginia Tech) 10 pts;|
|at Georgia Tech||69|
|Henderson (NC State) 21 pts; Stephens (Georgia Tech) 11 pts;|
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|(8) North Carolina||11-3||23-5|
|(19) Florida State||10-5||22-6|
|(21) Notre Dame||10-5||21-7|