The Clemson Tigers are coming off of an important victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. After losing their first game without the services, of Donte Grantham, it was important for the Tigers to show they can win a game. More importantly, they won a road game to remain in the top four of the ACC standings. The Tigers have split their last seven games between wins and losses. Therefore, the Tigers should lose if recent form holds.
Meanwhile, the Tar Heels are looking to avoid a three-game losing streak. They are currently on their second two-game losing streak. When it first happened, the Tar Heels responded with a 30 point win over the Boston College Eagles. As a result of all the madness, the Tar Heels are a one point favorite on the road. They won by eight points in the first meeting over Clemson.
The Tigers average 74 points per game on the season. They have not been able to reach the number in the first two games without Grantham. The good news is the Tigers doubled the offensive output from the Virginia game to the Georgia Tech game. Remember, the Cavaliers held the Tigers to 36 points last week. Well, the Tigers won’t have to worry about the Tar Heels playing that type of suffocating defense Tuesday night.
North Carolina is giving up 72.7 points per game. The Virginia Tech Hokies scored 80 points and the North Carolina State Wolfpack scored 95 points in overtime. Meanwhile, the Tigers are holding opponents to 65 points per game. Therefore, the Tigers want to continue to limit opponents in a half court style game. However, they might be better off with an up tempo style to offset the offensive factor that Grantham had become. Can the Tigers score enough points to defeat the Tar Heels if the score reaches 75?
The Tigers have scored over 75 points three times in conference play. They won the first meeting with the Wolfpack. They lost their second meeting with the Wolfpack. And they were defeated by the Tar Heels in the first meeting, 87-79. In all, the Tigers are scoring 70 points per game in ACC play.
Currently, the Tigers and Tar Heels are projected as a No. 4 seeds going into the last game of the month. However, it won’t be a surprise to see both teams slide due to the toughness of the schedule down the stretch. That’s why this game is so big for both teams.
Players To Watch
Luke Maye- UNC: The junior forward has been a dominating force for the Tar Heels. He is producing a double-double with 18.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Maye also hands out 2.5 assists per game. Maye is 1 of 2 players taking double figure shot attempts, along with Joel Berry. Moreover, he is shooting 52 percent from the field and 49 percent from the 3-point line.
Marcquise Reed- Clemson: Reed leads the Tigers with 15.4 points per game. He only scored six points in the first game without Grantham. Reed responded with a 13 point performance in the win over Georgia Tech. He’s only 13-of-34 shooting in the last three games. Therefore, it’s time for Reed to get out of this shooting slump at home. Overall, he is shooting 45.6 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from the 3-point line. One way Reed can really step up his performance is by getting the other role players involved. He had 11 assists in the last game. However, Reed is only averaging 3.1 assists per game.
Score Prediction- North Carolina 75- Clemson 71