Tigers hope to snap 0-for-55 drought at Chapel Hill

Whoever said “never say never” NEVER saw Clemson and North Carolina play basketball in Chapel Hill.

The No. 7-ranked Tar Heels (22-24 overall, 9-2 ACC) are 55-0 all-time at home against the Tigers (13-12, 5-6 ACC), who hope to make a little history at the Dean Dome today.

North Carolina looks to keep pace with Duke and Florida State atop the ACC standings, but the Tar Heels enter the game with an impressive laundry list of statistical national accolades as a team and individually.

They lead the nation in scoring and rebounding average (83.1 points, 46.3 boards) and also rank in the top 10 in assists and blocks. UNC leads the ACC in scoring, scoring margin, offensive and defensive rebounds, blocks and assists.

Clemson has won two straight and ranks second in the conference in scoring defense, limiting opponents to 59.8 points, but they are closer to the bottom of the ACC standings than they are the top.

Andre Young leads Clemson offensively, averaging 13.6 points per game and is the conference’s biggest thief with 46 steals on the season. Overall, the Tigers boast three scorers averaging double figures, with Tanner Smith and Devin Booker complimenting Young with 11.3 and 10.9 points per game, respectively.

Leading North Carolina’s attack is John Henson, who averages a double-double with 14 points and 10.3 rebounds and adds a conference best 3.2 blocks. Harrison Barnes is North Carolina’s leading scorer, averaging an ACC second-best 17.7 points per game and Tyler Zeller adds 15.7. All three Tar Heels are among the ACC’s top 10 in scoring and top five in field goal percentage.

North Carolina leads the series 125-20. Despite losing all three meetings, the Tigers kept things tight against the Tar Heels last season, falling by less than six points on average, including a 92-87 double-overtime decision in the semifinals of the ACC tournament.

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