The Tar Heels will try to avoid losing three games in a row for the first time since opening ACC play 0-3 in 2013-2014. To do this, they will need to defeat Clemson in Littlejohn Coliseum tonight.
Since facing the Tar Heels, the Tigers have won over Notre Dame and a two-point squeaker at Georgia Tech. Clemson also felt the effects of Virginia’s defense as they mustered only 36 points against the Cavaliers.
In the previous matchup between North Carolina and Clemson, the Tar Heels were ultimately able to keep “the streak” alive, but it wasn’t easy. North Carolina went into halftime up by 15, which grew to 18 in the opening minute of the second half. Clemson, however, wouldn’t have any of that as they hit every single one of their next 15 field goals; outscoring the Tar Heels 39-26 over a span of 12 minutes to get within two points at the eight-minute mark. The Tigers wouldn’t get any closer as the Tar Heels slowly put a little space between them.
Winning this game could set the tone for the rest of the season for the Tar Heels. They are entering a tough portion of their schedule with games at Clemson, Louisville, Syracuse, NC State, and Duke while bringing Pittsburgh, Duke, Notre Dame, and Miami into Chapel Hill. If the Tar Heels want any part of the top four seeds of the ACC Tournament, they will need to pick up a few tough wins to finish out the season, and that begins tonight.
Here’s how you can keep up with tonight’s rematch:
- Time: 7:00 PM ET
- Location: Littlejohn Coliseum; Clemson, SC
- TV: ESPN - ACC Basketball as a part of ESPN’s Super Tuesday
- Radio: Find your local Tar Heel Sports Network Affiliate to hear Jones Angell and Eric Montross on the call. The Pregame show begins at 6:00 PM ET. On SiriusXM, tune to Channel 81 (Internet 81).
- Streaming: View the game on WatchESPN. (Blackouts are possible in some markets) The THSN broadcast is available on GoHeels.com and TuneIn Radio.
- Line: Betting lines were not announced at the time of writing.
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