K.J. McDaniels led Clemson in almost every statistical category, but it wasn’t enough to propel the Tigers to their first win ever in Chapel Hill. The story was the same for Clemson last night as it has been for most of the season. The Tigers struggled mightily on the offensive end, relying almost solely on McDaniels to provide the punch on that end of the court. James Michael McAdoo led the Tar Heels with 22 points on 9-13 shooting and pulled in 7 rebounds in leading North Carolina to its 57th consecutive home win over Clemson, the longest such streak against any one opponent in NCAA basketball history.
McDaniels scored 13 points, had 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks, but couldn’t help overcome the Tigers’ abysmal 34% shooting from the field. Clemson (13-6, 4-3 in ACC) has now lost two consecutive blowout games in conference play after getting handled by Pittsburgh last Monday night. The Tigers had been a pleasant surprise early in the season, and after upsetting Duke earlier this month, it looked like maybe they could make a run at the NCAA tournament. While that is still a possibility, their two latest showings have left a lot to be desired.
Next up for the Tigers are the 13-6 Florida State Seminoles, who beat Clemson on their home court on January 9th.