Clemson tries to break streak against UNC in Chapel Hill

By DENNIS BRUNSON
dennis@theitem.com
Posted 1/16/18

A trip to Chapel Hill, N.C., is the gift that keeps on giving - heartache, nothing but heartache - to the Clemson men's basketball program.

The Tigers are 0-58 all time taking on the University of North Carolina in its home arena. Clemson, ranked …

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Clemson tries to break streak against UNC in Chapel Hill

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A trip to Chapel Hill, N.C., is the gift that keeps on giving - heartache, nothing but heartache - to the Clemson men's basketball program.

The Tigers are 0-58 all time taking on the University of North Carolina in its home arena. Clemson, ranked 20th in the latest Associated Press men's Top 25 poll, hopes to bring an end to that streak today as it meets the Tar Heels in the Smith Center beginning at 7 p.m. on Fox Sportsouth.

UNC, which is ranked 15th, has won the last nine games in the series. The Heels are 27-0 in the Dean Dome and own a victory margin of 20.4 points in their 58 wins in Chapel Hill.

The Tigers are 15-2 overall and 4-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. They fell one spot in the AP poll after losing to North Carolina State by a point on the road before taking down Miami 72-63 on Saturday in Clemson.

North Carolina, which is 14-4 and 2-2, was actually ranked behind the Tigers last week at No. 20. However, the defending national champion bounced up five spots after shellacking Boston College and edging Notre Dame 69-68 on the road on Saturday.

This is the first time since the 2009-10 season that both Clemson and the Tar Heels are ranked when meeting each other.

South Carolina will also be facing a college basketball powerhouse today when it plays host to No. 21 Kentucky at Colonial Life Arena. The game begins at 9 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN.

The Gamecocks kept alive their hopes of staying in the mix for the Southeastern Conference title with a 64-57 road victory over Georgia on Saturday. USC snapped a 3-game road losing streak, improving to 11-6 overall and 2-3 in conference action.

The Wildcats are 14-3 overall and 4-1 in the SEC. They are coming off a 74-67 triumph over Vanderbilt on Saturday.

UK has five players averaging in double figures. Kevin Knox's 14.2 points-per-game average leads Kentucky. Hamidou Diallo is at 13.8, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander at 12.4, PJ Washington at 11.0 and Quade Green at 10.7.

Chris Silva leads USC in both scoring and rebounding at 15.3 points and 7.6 rebounds, respectively. Frank Booker is averaging 12 points and Hassani Gravett is at 10.6.