Clemson and North Carolina are charter members of the ACC, dating back to 1953. Over that span of time, Clemson has played basketball in Chapel Hill 58 times and has yet win even once.
The 58 home victories without a loss in the series mark the longest home winning streak against an opponent in NCAA history. Princeton’s 52-game home hex on Brown ended in 2003.
Clemson used to visit North Carolina annually, but with ACC expansion and being in different divisions, the Tigers have been able to forget about it in certain years. But it will be front and center this season and the main storyline going into the game.
In terms of talent, Clemson has a legitimate chance to win, sporting a 15-2 record (9-5 ATS). The Tigers two setbacks were to Temple 67-60 in the Charleston Classic championship early in the season and at N.C. State five days ago by a single point. Even UNC coach Roy Williams acknowledges this is very good Clemson club.
“Clemson is coming in having beaten some good teams,” Williams said Monday. “Probably the best team Brad (Brownell) has had in a few years.” But the Tigers have brought other very good teams to North Carolina campus and left without a ‘W”.
The Clemson squad shoots the ball well at 48.2 percent, knocks down a consistent 37.4 percent from behind the arc and takes advantage of the charity stripe, where they connect on 76.1 percent.