Tigers, Heels' contrasting styles meet in Dean Dome

North Carolina's James Michael McAdoo and Clemson center Landry Nnoko compete for a rebound.

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North Carolina's James Michael McAdoo and Clemson center Landry Nnoko compete for a rebound.

Quotes and notes headed into tonight's 6 p.m. tip in the Dean Dome...

Brad Brownell's on UNC's ups and downs: The fact they can play as well as they have in certain situations shows you that when they're really clicking and playing well - they're as good as almost anyone in the country. I do think consistency is challenging. There's more better teams now than ever. Because of that, people have expectations. You look at a Belmont loss or UAB loss and maybe sometimes not enough credit to how good those teams are. Some of those teams are pretty good. Some of those non-conference losses happened when they had a lot of things hanging over their head.

When you're waiting to find out about players being eligible, some guys are practicing with you but you don't know if they're going to play. How do you formulate your team when these guys might come back - might not come back? I don't think that's easy. There's some unique challenges that they had to deal with early.

Roy Williams has won a lot of games and national championships. He knows what he's doing. There's just a lot of unique circumstances that have surrounded their season. Sometimes the controversy and all of the things you're dealing with is not easy as people think to deal with to block it out on the court.

Brownell on matching up with the bigger Heels: Because of their size, maybe they matchup better with teams that are bigger and stronger. Maybe they don't match up well with the Belmont's and smaller teams that have more guard play and spread you out more. I don' t know that to be the case, but that would be a guess.

Roy Williams on Clemson's defense: The thing about Brad's clubs is they do a really nice job defensively. Teams are shooting 37-some-percent against them. You see that. You do notice the success of the team first before looking at the statistical part of it. They are going to guard us and they're going to be very physical and do it the right way.

Notes

* Of course, Clemson hasn't won at UNC in its previous 56 meetings in Chapel Hill, but coupling a 'W' over the Heels with the earlier Duke win would be rare as well. The Tigers haven't beat both blue bloods in a season since 1995-96.

* UNC is 85-4 vs. Clemson in games played in the state of North Carolina. Clemson hopes to add a 'W' to victories on these dates: March 1, 1939 (Southern Conference Tournament in Raleigh), Feb. 14, 1964 (North-South Doubleheader in Charlotte in double overtime), Feb. 18, 1967 (North-South Doubleheader in Charlotte) and March 8, 1996 (ACC Tournament quarterfinals in Greensboro).

* Change of pace: North Carolina entered the weekend No. 1 in the conference in possessions per 40 minutes (72.8), facing the ACC's slowest team in Clemson (62.4) Sunday.

* The Tigers are fourth nationally in field goal percentage 'D' (37.2) and UNC is fourth in the ACC in the stat (49.3). UNC is averaging a 6.8 scoring margin to Clemson's 9.9. The Tar Heels shoot just 30.4 percent from three, averaging 3.5 per game.

* UNC forward James Michael McAdoo has scored in double-figures in 11 consecutive games.

* The Tar Heels won 68-59 in Clemson last year, with all five starters in double-figures... just two of five are starting this season (McAdoo and Marcus Paige).

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waran writes:

I hope this is the last season for Brad Brownell. It is only half-time and we are losing by 16 to an average UNC team. more importantly, it is clear that he is unable to consistently motivate the team. I don't know why Roper is on a scholarship. UNC has consistently lost with smaller teams and we have many others. This lack of a plan, poor recruiting and inability to motivate bothers me a lot, and should bother the alumni.

TigerNE writes:

The game is officially unwatchable with 15 minutes to go in the 2nd. No tempo. No energy. No shooting. No concern, it seems. Meh.

clmtgr92 writes:

in response to waran:

I hope this is the last season for Brad Brownell. It is only half-time and we are losing by 16 to an average UNC team. more importantly, it is clear that he is unable to consistently motivate the team. I don't know why Roper is on a scholarship. UNC has consistently lost with smaller teams and we have many others. This lack of a plan, poor recruiting and inability to motivate bothers me a lot, and should bother the alumni.

I am not so sure getting rid of Brownell is the answer. The guards on this team are pathetic. Cannot score or create. We have to be dead last is assists. You mentioned Roper, my wonder is why Rod Hall is still starting and playing extensive minutes? He doesn't to anything. His stat line is always empty. Without a doubt this is the worst offensive team in 30 years. I know they are young, but this it two games in a row they have rolled over a died before half time. You know Coach K and Duke are scratching their heads wondering how they lost to this team.

waran writes:

in response to clmtgr92:

I am not so sure getting rid of Brownell is the answer. The guards on this team are pathetic. Cannot score or create. We have to be dead last is assists. You mentioned Roper, my wonder is why Rod Hall is still starting and playing extensive minutes? He doesn't to anything. His stat line is always empty. Without a doubt this is the worst offensive team in 30 years. I know they are young, but this it two games in a row they have rolled over a died before half time. You know Coach K and Duke are scratching their heads wondering how they lost to this team.

That's what bothers me. Brownell's inability to motivate the team on a consistent basis. I know the team is young and not many talented players. But they gave their heart when we played Duke. Last two games they rolled over. we cant become any worse than this if Brownell is gone, we can at least hope for a better year. With a decent coach, perhaps in 3 years back to NCAA. With his recruiting, coaching and motivating Brownell cant do it.

waran writes:

57 in a row in basketball against UNC at Chappell Hill. 5 in a row in football versus USC. It is becoming hard to live in SC as a Clemson fan!!!

SoCalTiger writes:

I see another bad loss like this and then look at what a coach like Larry Brown has done in two years at SMU and wonder why Clemson will not get a better, proven, elite coach who can build and sustain an elite program. It's hard to watch sometimes and I've been watching since the days of Tree Rollins.

YabbaDaboDooDoo writes:

in response to SoCalTiger:

I see another bad loss like this and then look at what a coach like Larry Brown has done in two years at SMU and wonder why Clemson will not get a better, proven, elite coach who can build and sustain an elite program. It's hard to watch sometimes and I've been watching since the days of Tree Rollins.

I remember when they were looking for a coach in 2003 and there was a young guy at Winthrop who won 20 games a year and went to the NCAA tournament 4 straight years. He's from SC too so you would think you could keep him if he did well and you paid him well. My thinking was why not take a chance on this guy since you're looking at small conference head coaches. I remember watching his Winthrop teams during championship week and thinking this guy can really coach. Gregg Marshall worked miracles at Winthrop and now at Wichita State. They went to the final 4 last year and they're 21-0 this year.

The problem is that he doesn't pick up the phone anymore. Bigger programs than Clemson call and he's not interested. He's proven he can win big there and they sell out a very nice home arena. It's all about getting the right coach and I think this was the big miss that could've been a major turning point for Clemson basketball. He's happy now and I don't know if you could pay him enough $ to go to Clemson. Missed opportunity.

I've never understood the coaching hires at Clemson. It always seems to be done on the cheap and without much thought. You went from a fast-pace up-and-down style of play with Purnell to a guy who wants to deliberately sit on the ball. They hired the anti-Purnell which is strange b/c he won a lot of games. Hiring a coach with a similar style would've made for a smoother transition with those initial players and with recruiting. Instead it seems as though the gains made under Purnell were wasted.

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