College Basketball: North Carolina at Clemson - Tarheels Favored

Team Page: North Carolina :: Clemson

70% of Bets Placed on Tarheels -2.5 | Matchup | CBB Picks
North Carolina and Clemson both had weekends they'd like to put behind them.

The fourth-ranked Tar Heels and the 19th-ranked Tigers will both be looking to rebound from disappointing losses Wednesday when they meet at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Oddsmakers have made North Carolina -2.5 point spread favorites (College Basketball Odds) for todays game, the over/under has

been set at 155 total points (View College Basketball Sports Books).

North Carolina (15-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) was ranked No. 1 before falling 94-88 at Virginia Tech on Saturday, ending a 12-game winning streak. Just a little earlier that day, Clemson's reign as the last unbeaten team in Division I ended with a 92-87 loss at Maryland.

"In the ACC, it doesn't matter who it is or where it is, you always have to play hard," said North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough, who had 19 points and 15 rebounds against the Hokies.

Clemson coach Oliver Purnell said that the end of the winning streak wasn't a relief for his Tigers (17-1, 3-1).

"I don't think so," he said. "I think they're disappointed they didn't get that win, disappointed the streak's not still going. Now, it's important we channel that disappointment into work."

Despite the loss, Clemson has still managed to generate plenty of excitement among its fans. The Tigers' 17-0 start matched the best in school history, established by the 1986-87 team led by NBA standout Horace Grant.

Clemson students set up 145 tents outside the Littlejohn Coliseum ticket office Monday night to get seats for Wednesday's matchup.

"There's a lot of excitement right now," Purnell said.

James Mays had 22 points and 15 rebounds against the Terrapins, and K.C. Rivers - who leads the Tigers with 15.2 points per game - added 18. Vernon Hamilton also had 15 to pass the 1,000-point milestone for his career.

"Losing is not a great feeling," said forward Trevor Booker, who had 14 points. "Some people might think we are overrated now. We didn't play well on defense and struggled a lot. That's what killed us."

Clemson entered the game allowing just 61.3 points per game but faltered somewhat on the defensive end.

"As far as we're concerned, the stats tell the story," Purnell said. "Defensively, We just weren't very good. I give Maryland credit for knocking down the shots, but we gave them too many lay-ups and really didn't guard them on the half court."

Clemson's defense will face another tough test against the Tar Heels, who rank second in the country with 88.8 points per game. North Carolina trailed by 22 points against the Hokies before its explosive offense rallied the Tar Heels within three points with 16.9 seconds left.

"We didn't play very well," North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. "They outplayed up, outcoached us and it kind of brought us back to reality."

North Carolina has won five straight against Clemson since consecutive losses on Feb. 15, 2003 and Jan. 31, 2004, both at Littlejohn. The Tar Heels are 9-1 against the Tigers when both teams are ranked.

North Carolina leads the all-time series 117-19.

by: Marc Young - - Email Us

More NCAA College Basketball Coverage from

 - NCAA College Basketball teams
 - NCAA College Basketball standings
 - NCAA College Basketball schedule
 - NCAA College Basketball scoreboard
 - NCAA College Basketball injuries
 - NCAA College Basketball matchups
 - NCAA College Basketball stats
 - NCAA College Basketball odds
 - NCAA College Basketball public betting chart
 - NCAA College Basketball news wire
 - NCAA College Basketball top stories
 - NCAA College Basketball trends
 - AccuScore NCAA College Basketball predictions
 - Expert NCAA College Basketball picks
 - Comments and discussion
 - Signup for daily newsletter
 - NCAA College Basketball Home

NCAAB Top Stories

Thumbnail Pittsburgh vs. Syracuse Prediction Will Tuesday night's game between Pittsburgh and Syracuse turn into a defensive battle? Tip-off between these ACC rivals is set for 9:00...
Thumbnail Ole Miss vs. Texas A&M Prediction Will the under cash for bettors tonight when Ole Miss clashes with its SEC rivals Texas A&M at 9:00 p.m. ET in College Station?
Thumbnail UConn vs. Memphis Prediction Will the Memphis Tigers handle business at home Wednesday night when they host the UConn Huskies at 9:00 p.m. ET?
Thumbnail Kentucky vs. South Carolina Pick Can No. 18 Kentucky avoid a letdown performance when it goes on the road to face South Carolina tonight at 9PM ET?
Thumbnail Oklahoma vs. Kansas State Pick Will No. 4 Oklahoma go on the road and pick up a win over Kansas State when the two meet up tonight at 9PM ET?

NCAAB Headlines

NCAAB Team Pages