Where: Dean Smith Center, Chapel Hill, NC
When: Saturday, February 18th, 4:00 PM
Records: UNC 22-4, 9-2 ACC; Clemson 13-12, 5-6 ACC
There is no reason the streak doesn't move to 56 straight over Clemson in Chapel Hill.
Of course the ACC season has been weird but if there is one thing that you take comfort in about UNC is they don't have any "bad" losses from an RPI/KenPom/Saragain perspective. The loss to FSU was horrid in the margin but not the opponent. Looking at KenPom UNC's losses have come against teams currently ranked 28th, 1st, 25th and 14th. Three of those losses occurred on the road and the one at home was a fluke. Despite the fact UNC has not necessarily dominated lesser teams they still get the job done. It is more grinding and methodical in nature which stems(lately anyway) from poor three point shooting and a general inconsistency on offense.
What it basically boils down to in this game for UNC is getting some semblance of confidence back in the offense, especially the three point shooters. Reggie Bullock and P.J. Hairston need to start hitting open looks from three. Roy Williams said on Friday there is nothing mechanically wrong with Hairston's shot he just need to start hitting them. UNC's NCAA title hopes hinge primarily on getting the offense rolling. The defense is good enough especially if the offense can score points on a consistent basis.
That is the mission today. Shooting confidence and offensive consistency. This isn't about effort or intensity or all the other stuff people want to dredge up when talking about this team. This about shooting 48-52% from the floor at hitting 35-40% of their threes. If UNC does that, especially in the first half, this game will be over pretty quick.
UNC 91 Clemson 69