ACC foes will battle when the North Carolina Tar Heels (8-7, 1-3 ACC) take on the Clemson Tigers (7-7, 1-3 ACC) at the Dean E. Smith Center. Action starts at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 11, 2020.
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In the Tigers’ last contest, they were victorious over the North Carolina State Wolfpack, 81-70. With 14 points and seven rebounds, Tevin Mack played well for Clemson. The Tigers made 26 of their 31 free throws (83.9 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.561 (above their season average of 0.491).
The Tar Heels are hoping for a better outcome after their 73-65 loss to the Pittsburgh Panthers in their last matchup. Garrison Brooks led North Carolina in scoring with 21 points on 9-for-12 shooting. Pittsburgh did a fantastic job of making free throws (18-22; 81.8 percent). North Carolina, meanwhile, held the Panthers to an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.2 (below their season average of 34.4).
North Carolina might struggle to find the bottom of the net as they battle against one of the nation’s best defenses. Clemson currently ranks 68th in defensive efficiency, while the Tar Heels rank 241st in offensive efficiency. Also, the Tigers, who rank 282nd in offensive rebounding percentage (24.7 percent), might struggle to get put-back points against the Tar Heels, who rank 17th in defensive rebounding percentage (77.4 percent).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Tar Heels won the only contest last season, 81-79. North Carolina out-rebounded Clemson. The Tar Heels had more offensive rebounds (11 vs. five) and total rebounds (39 vs. 36).
Clemson Tigers at North Carolina Tar Heels Odds Prediction
Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – North Carolina, ATS Winner – North Carolina, O/U – Under
The Tigers average 7.5 steals per game, which ranks 76th in the country. The Tar Heels rank 149th in steals allowed per game (7.3).
Clemson ranks 148th in assists per game (12.9) while North Carolina ranks 167th in assists allowed per game (13.8).
North Carolina ranks first in rebounds per game (43.9) while Clemson ranks 208th (33.9).
The Tigers rank 47th in three pointers attempted per game (25.9) while the Tar Heels rank 236th in three pointers allowed per game (25.7).
North Carolina ranks 46th in blocks per game (4.3) while Clemson ranks 168th (2.1).
The Tar Heels have been outscored by an average of 4.2 points in their last five games. On the season, North Carolina has defeated opponents by an average of 0.1 points.
During their last five games, the Tigers have scored an average of 63.2 points per game (4.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 60.6 points per game (2.3 below their season average).