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Xylina McDaniel scored 19 points and had six steals as No. 16 North Carolina used a key 19-2 second-half run to come back and beat Clemson 65-58 Sunday in each team's Atlantic Coast Conference opener.
The Tar Heels (13-1) trailed 43-35 after Chancie Dunn's layup for Clemson. McDaniel responded with a layup with 12:20 left, sparking the 19-2 run that put UNC up 54-45 with 6:23 to play. McDaniel scored eight points during the run, which came amid 15 consecutive missed shots by the Tigers. Clemson (4-8) made just 4 of 21 field goals over the game's final 14 minutes.
North Carolina forced 35 Clemson turnovers and converted for 36 points.
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt added 15 points, six steals, six rebounds and five assists for the Tar Heels.
Nikki Dixon led Clemson with 22 points while Quinyotta Pettaway had 10 points and a career-best 18 rebounds.
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North Carolina says forward Reggie Bullock will miss the Tar Heels' game against No. 20 UNLV with a mild concussion.
The team announced Bullock's injury about 2 1/2 hours before tipoff Saturday against the Runnin' Rebels.
Bullock was hurt Thursday night when he collided with a teammate during a drill in practice, the team's first since its Dec. 22 win over McNeese...
After the Clemson Tigers drilled a field goal as time expired to defeat the LSU Tigers in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl on Monday night (New Year's Eve 2K12) Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney had a fantastic interview with an ESPN reporter.
Check out the frickin' spectacular speech:
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Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give No. 14 Clemson a wild 25-24 win over No. 9 Louisiana State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Monday night.
Trailing 24-22, Clemson (11-2) took possession on its 20 with 1:39 remaining. Tajh Boyd completed a pass for 26 yards to DeAndre Hopkins on a fourth-and-16 play during the decisive 10-play drive.
The most obvious matchup of strengths Monday night in the Chick-fil-A Bowl will be Clemson's high-scoring spread offense against Louisiana State's defense.
Each unit ranks among the top 10 nationally.
A closer look shows No. 9 LSU's pass defense hasn't been so stingy lately. LSU gave up more than 300 yards passing in three straight wins over Mississippi State, Mississippi...
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – In North Carolina’s first 12 games, the average point differential with 10 minutes to play was 20.6. On Saturday, that margin was just one point, providing the Tar Heels a valuable lesson in how to close a ball game.
Clemson Tiger wide receiver Sammy Watkins that is Clemson’s most dynamic player was forced to be carted off the field by a hit by an LSU Tiger. Watkins was obviously emotional over the event and had a towel over his head while be carted off the field. Who can blame the kid? The guy has heart. Tajh Boyd has been getting abused by LSU’s defense and Barkevious Mingo especially.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – On Friday, P.J. Hairston found out that he would get his first career start due to Reggie Bullock being sidelined with a mild concussion. On Saturday, the sophomore guard delivered arguably his best performance of the season in North Carolina’s 79-73 win over No. 20 UNLV.
A New Year’s Eve Party in AtlantaThe Tigers of LSU and the Tigers of Clemson play in stadiums nicknamed, “DEATH VALLEY,” but this Monday night they will be playing in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome. A December thirty-first bowl was not the bowl that the LSU Tigernation had in mind but, nonetheless, this is a good bowl to be in. LSU is 5-0 in the Chick-fil-a Bowl. This matchup has...
Who: Clemson Tigers (10-2) vs LSU Tigers (10-2)
When: New Year's Eve, 7:30 PM EST
Line: LSU by 6
Ross: Great defense, meet great offense. LSU had the 11th best scoring defense (16.9 ppg),10th best rush defense (102 ypg), and 20th best pass defense (194 ypg). On the other hand, Clemson had the 6th best scoring offense (42.3 ppg), 32nd...
#8 LSU vs. #14 Clemson
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
Monday, December 31st, 7:30 PM on ESPN
The Peach Bowl began as a Lions Club fundraiser in 1968, but its massive sponsorship deal with Chick-fil-A and tie-ins with the ACC and SEC have turned it into one of the marquee non-BCS bowls in the last decade. The bowl has the longest active sellout streak of non-BCS bowls, and third...
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- The fifth day of Christmas featured five hustling Tar Heels, four first half baskets from Brice Johnson, three solid performances from reserve swing players in place of the injured Reggie Bullock, two stellar outings from the backcourt of Dexter Strickland and Marcus Paige, and one fired up Smith Center crowd.