The North Carolina Tar Heels, coming off back-to-back wins, North Carolina vs. Clemson: Game preview, TV schedule, prediction,
All five scorers for the Clemson Tigers are in double-figures. From there, it’s kind of ugly. No one on the bench has proven to be a threat the score. The senior transfer from Michigan, Mark Donnal, dropped 12 points off the bench against Miami. It’s going to be a battle between high scoring guards. Joel Berry is having himself the senior year everyone thought. Berry is averaging 17.4 points per game with 45 total made three-pointers. For Clemson, Marcquise Reed is averaging just under 16 points per game, 33 made 3-pointers, 3 assists, and 4.7 rebounds.
Reed and Berry both only have two games where they have scored less than 10 points. One game for Berry was their loss to Michigan State where the Tar Heels only scored 45 points. Luke Maye for UNC is a difference maker in every game. The big man at 6-7, 227 pounds averages 19.7 points per game, 10.8 rebounds, and 1.4 3-pointers. Clemson, however, may have a match for that. Donte Grantham averages almost 15 points per game, 5.7 boards, and 1.4 3-pointers.
Clemson has the defensive advantage. UNC’s defense has been in question all year. The Tigers lead the steals department at 110-89 and blocks at 96-76. The scoring of North Carolina will have to come from depth. Three guys are in double-digits with one just under 10. From there, points come from a diversity of players. Clemson’s next scorer outside the starting five is only averaging 4.2 points per game.