Clemson vs North Carolina Basketball Notes


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Game 27: Clemson Tigers at North Carolina

Tipoff: 9:00 PM (Eastern)

Site: Chapel Hill, NC

Arena: Smith Center (21,750)

TV: Raycom/Jefferson Pilot Sports

(Tim Brant, Billy Packer)

Tickets:Sold Out

Radio: Clemson Tiger Sports Properties

(Pete Yanity, Tim Bourret)



Clemson Head Coach: Oliver Purnell (Old Dominion ‘75)

Overall (16th season): 266-207 .562

At Clemson (First season): 10-16 .385

vs. North Carolina: 1-0 1.000

Clemson Assistant Coaches: Ron Bradley (Eastern Nazarene College, ‘74); Frank Smith (Old Dominion ‘88);
Kevin Nickelberry (Virginia Wesleyan ‘86); Tim Heskett (Graduate manager) (Oklahoma ‘01)


North Carolina Head Coach: Roy Williams (North Carolina ‘72)

Overall (16th season): 435-109 .800

At North Carolina (First year): 17-8 .680

vs. Clemson: 0-1 .000

North Carolina Assistants: Joe Holladay, Steve Robinson, Jerod Haase


CLEMSON (10-16 , 3-12 ACC)       North Carolina (17-8, 7-7 ACC)
14 Chey Christie 6-4 178 Jr     G   1 Melvin Scott 6-1 183 Jr.
(9.5 PPG, 2.7 RPG)                  (11.2 PPG, 3.3 REB)
22 Shawan Robinson 6-2 183 So.  G   2 Raymond Felton 6-1 192 So.
(10.7 PPG, 3.2 RPG)                 (11.7 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 7.4 APG)
5 Sharrod Ford 6-9 220 Jr.      C   42 Sean May 6-8 266 So.
(11.8 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 2.4 BS)         (14.9 PPG, 10.0 RPG)
12 Olu Babalola 6-6 242 Jr.     F   32 Rashad McCants 6-4 205 So.
(9.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG)                  (19.5 PPG, 4.6 RPG)
43 Chris Hobbs 6-7 260 Sr.      F   34 David Noel 6-6 230 So.
(8.0 PPG, 5.6 RPG)                 (5.8 PPG, 5.0 RPG)

• Clemson has beaten North Carolina each of the
last two meetings, the first time Clemson has
downed the Tar Heels in consecutive games since
the 1979-80 era. Clemson won the last meeting of
1978-79 and the first meeting of 1979-80. Both were
played at Clemson, as have the last two meetings.
This is just the third time in history Clemson has
beaten North Carolina in consecutive games.
Clemson has never beaten North Carolina three
consecutive games.


• Clemson has lost 49 straight games in Chapel Hill,
the longest active losing streak on an opponent’s
home court in the nation. It is the second longest
streak in history, exceeded only by Brown’s 52-game
road losing streak at Princeton, a streak that was
stopped last year. Earlier this year Washington
State won at UCLA for the first time in 47 contests.


• Clemson’s game at North Carolina will be its 11th
against an AP top 25 team this year. Clemson has
two wins over top 15 teams this year, a victory over
a #12 North Carolina in the first meeting this year
and a victory over #13 NC State on Feb. 18.


• In the first meeting between Clemson and UNC this
year the Tigers shot 11-13 on three-point goals in
an 81-72 victory. That is the sixth best three-point
shooting game in NCAA history in terms of percentage
and the best by any team in the nation this year.
(Given a minimum of 10 made three-pointers).


SERIES NOTES

Overall: UNC leads 112-19

At Chapel Hill: UNC leads 49-0

at Smith Ctr: UNC leads 18-0

at Clemson: UNC leads 32-15

at neutral: UNC leads 31-4

in 2003-04: Clemson won at Clemson

82-71 on Jan. 31

Streaks: Clemson has won last 2

UNC has won 49 straight
in Chapel Hill

@at Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

# at Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC



• Clemson senior Chris Hobbs will be going home for
his final ACC road game as a Tiger. Hobbs is a
native of Chapel Hill and a graduate of East Chapel
Hill High. He has been a part of three wins over
North Carolina in his career, the first Clemson player
to participate in three wins over the Tar Heels since
Bobby Conrad (1976-80).


• Clemson guard Shawan Robinson is also a native
of North Carolina (Raleigh). Robinson made 5-6
three-point goals and scored a career high 24 points
in the first meeting between the two teams this year.


• Both Clemson coach Oliver Purnell and North Carolina
coach Roy Williams are assistant coaches under
Larry Brown on the 2004 United States Olympic
team.


• Clemson center Sharrod Ford is coming off one of
his best games as a Tiger. The junior scored 20
points and pulled down 16 rebounds vs. Georgia
Tech last Saturday. His rebound total included 10
offensive, tying a Clemson single game record for
an ACC game. Ford has made 17 of 24 shots from
the field in his career against North Carolina.


• Last year Clemson lost at Chapel Hill by a 68-66
score. It was the closest Clemson has come to victory
at UNC since 1974-75 when Clemson suffered
a two-point loss.


Clemson vs. North Carolina Series


•Clemson has won each of the last
two meetings with North Carolina, just the third
time in history Clemson has won consecutive
games from the Tar Heels. It is the first time
Clemson has done it since the 1979-80 era.
Clemson also won two straight from North
Carolina in 1963-64, the only time Clemson has
swept North Carolina in the same season.
Clemson defeated North Carolina twice in
overtime that season.


•Earlier this year when Clemson
defeated North Carolina at Clemson it gave
Clemson three wins in a four-year period over
North Carolina. Current senior Chris Hobbs has
played in all three of those games and is the
first Tiger to play in three wins over the Tar
Heels since Bobby Conrad played in three from
1977-80. Conrad’s son, Bobby, Jr, is a senior
manager on this year’s Clemson team.


•The only time Clemson has beaten
North Carolina four times in a four-year period
was the 1964-67 era. But, freshmen were not
eligible then so no Clemson player played in all
four victories.


•The 2001 victory over UNC at
Clemson was one of the biggest upsets in
school history. North Carolina entered the
game ranked #1 nation and on an 18-game
winning streak. Clemson had lost eight
consecutive games. In fact, that win over a #1
ranked North Carolina team was Clemson’s
only victory that year between January 14 and
March 7. Clemson lost four straight after the
win, all by double digits.


•Overall, North Carolina holds a 112-
19 lead in the series that dates to a 48-24
North Carolina win in Chapel Hill in 1926.
Clemson’s first win in the series took place in
the 1939 Southern Conference Tournament,
when Clemson upset North Carolina behind
Banks McFadden, 44-43. That was the
opening round of the event held in Raleigh.
Clemson’s only other win in the series before
1964 took place in Tiger town, 77-69 in 1952.
North Carolina won 38 of the first 40 games of
the series, including 25 in a row between 1951-
52 and 1963-64 seasons.


•Clemson has defeated North
Carolina in consecutive seasons just four times,
including the last two years. Clemson won in
back to back years over North Carolina in 1965-
66 and 1966-67; 1978-79 and 1979-80, and
1888-89 and 1989-90; and each of the last two
years.


•Clemson is 15-32 against North
Carolina in games played at Clemson, 0-49 in
Chapel Hill and 4-31 in games played at neutral
sites. While Clemson has never beaten North
Carolina in Chapel Hill, the Tigers did have a
regular season sweep of North Carolina in
1963-64. That year Clemson won at Clemson
and in Charlotte in the North-South
Doubleheader.


•Clemson’s only win over North
Carolina in the ACC tournament took place in
1996 a game played in Greensboro. Clemson
overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to win
75-73. Greg Buckner’s dunk off a pass from
Harold Jamison with 0.6 seconds left won the
game for Clemson.


•The Tigers are 4-71 against North
Carolina in games played in the state of North
Carolina. That streak is not long because
Clemson won the 1996 ACC Tournament game
in Greensboro between the two teams, 75-73.


•The other victories over North
Carolina in the Tar Heel state came in 1966-
67, when Clemson beat a #4 UNC team in
Charlotte at the North-South Doubleheader by a
92-88 score; in 1963-64 by a 97-90 count, also
at the North-South Doubleheader in Charlotte;
in 1938-39, in a 44-43 win in Raleigh at the
Southern Conference Tournament.
Clemson in Chapel Hill


•Clemson is 0-49 in games against
North Carolina played in Chapel Hill, including
0-18 at the Smith Center. That includes last
year’s North Carolina win in the Smith Center
by a 68-66 score. That was the closest
Clemson has come to beating North Carolina in
Chapel Hill since the 1974-75 season when
Clemson also lost by two points.


•Prior to last season, Clemson had
not been within five points of North Carolina
since 1981-82, ironically a year North Carolina
won the national championship. UNC won that
game in 1981-82 by a 77-72 score. Prior to
last year, Clemson had been within 10 points of
the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill just once in the last
21 years.


•The Tigers had a 54-45 lead with 10
minutes left against a James Worthy, Sam
Perkins and the Michael Jordan-led 1981-82
North Carolina team. A Worthy steal and dunk
was the turning point in that game. Clemson
was led by Vincent Hamilton (no relation to
current Clemson guard Vernon Hamilton) with
20 points on 8-11 shooting. Clemson held
Worthy to seven points, Sam Perkins to just 11
and Michael Jordan to 14. But, Jimmy Black
and Matt Doherty had 21 apiece for the Tar
Heels.


•North Carolina has an average
margin of victory of 20.6 points per game in its
49 wins in Chapel Hill over the Tigers.


• The 1992-93 contest was a game
Clemson had a chance to gain victory.
Clemson trailed by just five points, 70-65 with
under four minutes left. Chris Whitney scored
eight three-point goals, including seven in the
second half to lead the Clemson charge. But,
North Carolina went on a 10-2 run to end the
game and won, 80-67. Whitney had 24 points in
the game and Sharone Wright added 20 points,
12 rebounds and seven blocked shots. The
seven blocked shots is still an opponent
recored in the Smith Center.


•Clemson has come within five points
of the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill on six occasions
(see list on this page). Last year’s two-point
decision was the closest Clemson has come to
North Carolina in the Smith Center in 18
appearances. In fact, Clemson has been within
10 points of UNC just twice in the 18 previous
trips to the Smith Center.


•Clemson’s trip to Chapel Hill in 1997-
98, Rick Barnes’s final year at Clemson, was a
strange contest in that Clemson ended the
game with just four players on the court. Six
Tigers had fouled out and Clemson dressed just
10 players. Clemson actually outscored North
Carolina over the 70-second period (8-6) when
it had just four players. Terrell McIntyre made a
pair of three pointers during the stretch when
Clemson had just four players on the court
(and thus led the nation in short-handed goals
that season).


•The largest lead Clemson has ever
had in a game at Chapel Hill is 16 points, 30-
14 in the first half of the 1974-75 game.


•The latest lead Clemson has ever
had in a game in Chapel Hill also took place in
the 1974-75 contest. The Tigers held a 72-71
advantage until Walter Davis hit a jumpshot with
18 seconds left. North Carolina won 74-72
despite 25 points by Clemson’s Skip Wise.
Clemson’s latest lead last year was 51-49 with
9:53 left. The score was tied with 3:34 left.
Clemson was down one with 30 seconds left,
but Raymond Felton hit two free throws off the
next UNC possession


•Clemson’s largest halftime lead in
Chapel Hill also came in 1974-75 when the
Tigers had a 41-36 advantage. Clemson has
had the lead at the half just three times in the
previous 49 games against the Tar Heels in
Chapel Hill. Clemson also held a 28-27 lead
at intermission in 1998-99 and had a 35-33 lead
at intermission in 1981-82. Last year’s game
was tied at the half at 38.


•Clemson has entered the game in
Chapel Hill as the higher ranked team just twice
in the history of the series. In 1996-97,
Clemson entered a game in Chapel Hill with the
higher national ranking than the Tar Heels.
Clemson was second in AP and North Carolina
was 19th heading into that game. North
Carolina won that contest, 61-48. The Tigers
were ranked 12th and North Carolina 13th for
the 1980 game in Chapel Hill. North Carolina
won that contest 73-70.


•In 1998-99, Larry Shyatt’s first year,
both teams were ranked in the top 15 entering
the contest, but North Carolina was ninth and
Clemson was 14th.


Clemson’s Closest Encounters at UNC

Year Score margin

1935-36 23-24 -1

1973-74 60-61 -1

2002-03 66-68 -2

1974-75 72-74 -2

1979-80 70-73 -3

1981-82 72-77 -5

1951-52 59-65 -6

1997-98 79-88 -9

1937-38 34-44 -10


Purnell and Williams Olympic Coaches


Clemson head coach Oliver Purnell
and North Carolina head coach Roy Williams
spent a lot of time together last summer and
they will again this coming summer. Both are
assistant coaches under Larry Brown on the
United States Olympic Team.


They helped the US team to a 10-0
record at the Olympic qualifying tournament in
Puerto Rico last summer and will be on the staff
at the Olympics in Athens, Greece this coming
September.


Purnell has considerable experience
with USA Basketball. Dating to 1994 when he
was a head coach at the US Olympic Sports
Festival, he has a 40-1record as a head coach
or an assistant coach. He has been a part of
five Gold Medal teams. Purnell was the head
coach of the United States team at the 1999
World University Games in Brisbane, Australia.
He led that team to a 8-0 record and the Gold
Medal. He was the recipient of the 1999
Developmental Coach of the Year for that
accomplishment.


Streak Not Longest in NCAA History


North Carolina’s 49-game winning
streak over Clemson in Chapel Hill is not the
longest in NCAA history. Until last year, it was
not even the longest active streak. Brown had
lost 52 straight games at Princeton from 1929
until 2003, but the Bruins broke the streak late last season. Thus,
Clemson’s 49-game streak is second longest in NCAA history and
longest active streak


The third longest home court winning streak is UCLA over
Washington State. Washington State had lost 47 straight at UCLA, until
this year when Washington State ended the streak, 55-48 on February 5.
UCLA had won 48-45 at Washington State earlier in the year.
Thus, two of the top three longest series road losing streaks in
NCAA history have ended over the last 12 months. The only other
streak in NCAA history that has reached the 40s is Mississippi at
Kentucky, a 41-gamer that ran from 1929-1996.


Longest Series Homecourt Winning Streaks in NCAA History


Won Series 1st Win last Win

52 Brown at Princeton 1929 2003

49 Clemson at North Carolina 1926 active

•47 Washington St. at UCLA 1950 2004

41 Mississippi at Kentucky 1929 1996

37 UCLA at Southern Cal 1932 1944

34 Georgia at Kentucky 1930 1984

33 Northeastern at Rhode Island 1917 1988

32 New Hampshire at Rhode Island 1937 1973

32 California at UCLA 1961 1989

31 Wisconsin-Mil at Marquette 1920 1999

31 Virginia at North Carolina 1921 1972

31 Brown at Providence 1955 1978

•Ended earlier this year.

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