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.
* 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).