Clemson takes on No. 5 UNC in Littlejohn Saturday

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(USA TODAY Sports-Jason Getz)
(USA TODAY Sports-Jason Getz)

Clemson looks to pull off its second win over a top-25 team in Littlejohn Coliseum this season when No. 5 UNC comes to town Saturday.

The Tigers (17-11, 7-8 ACC) and Tar Heels (23-5, 13-2) tip off at 6 p.m. on ESPN (Mike Couzens and Cory Alexander on the TV broadcast call).

Clemson is currently projected to be in the NCAA Tournament First Four by CBS Sports and ESPN.

Clemson

Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. GP/GS PPG RPG APG MPG
G 2 Marcquise Reed 6-3 188 Gr. 25/24 19.0 5.5 3.0 34.8
G 4 Shelton Mitchell 6-4 200 Gr. 28/28 11.8 2.6 3.1 32.6
F 14 Elijah Thomas 6-9 245 Sr. 28/26 13.1 7.8 1.4 25.6
F 24 David Skara 6-8 213 Gr. 28/28 7.4 4.1 1.6 30.9
F 25 Aamir Simms 6-7 248 So. 28/28 8.5 4.5 0.9 27.4

North Carolina

Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. GP/GS PPG RPG APG MPG
G 2 Coby White 6-5 185 Fr. 27/27 15.9 3.3 4.1 26.9
G 13 Cameron Johnson 6-9 210 Gr. 28/28 16.7 5.7 2.2 29.1
G 24 Kenny Williams 6-4 185 Sr. 28/28 8.5 3.5 3.6 28.9
F 15 Garrison Brooks 6-9 230 So. 28/28 8.3 5.9 1.4 22.4
F 32 Luke Maye 6-8 240 Sr. 28/28 14.9 10.0 2.2 30.6

Clemson basketball notes

• The 14-point victory over Pittsburgh was Clemson’s 25th ACC road win by double-digits in its history – the seventh under head coach Brad Brownell.
• Brownell holds the Clemson record for ACC road wins by double digits.
• Clemson ranks fourth in the ACC in scoring defense (63.8 points allowed per game) and second in conference games (61.9).
• According to KenPom, Clemson’s adjusted defensive efficiency now ranks 11th in the country (91.1). North Carolina ranks seventh in adjusted offensive efficiency (120).
• Clemson’s win at Pittsburgh was its fourth this season when allowing 50 points or less in a game. The Tigers are 4-0 in those games this season, they have won their last 24 such contests and are 43-2 overall in those games under Brad Brownell.
• The Tigers’ head man will also look for his 167th career victory at Clemson. He is currently just 11 shy of tying Cliff Ellis for the most in program history (177).
• Marcquise Reed is one of just two guys in the country to average at least 19.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game this season.
• Reed jumped into 17th on the all-time scoring list. Reed now has 1,356 points in his Clemson career.
• Elijah Thomas surpassed 600 career rebounds in his time at Clemson and became just the seventh player in program history to amass 900 points, 600 rebounds and 150 blocks.

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