Texas A&M hired former Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher in the offseason after going 7-6, concluding its regular season with a 55-52 loss to Wake Forest in the Belk Bowl. Clemson and Florida State meet in Tallahassee in a battle of the schools that have won each of the last nine Atlantic Division championships. Clemson returns home to host Georgia Southern (2-10 record in 2017) on Sept. Clemson has won each of the last three meetings, including last season’s 31-14 victory which clinched the division title. The Tar Heels played almost all of the game without starting forward Theo Pinson, who strained his left shoulder when he crashed hard to the court going for a rebound.Williams said Pinson would need an MRI to assess the extent of the injury. BIG PICTURE North Carolina: The Tar Heels have a serious problem at the point if Pinson needs time to recover from a left shoulder strain.Johnson and Berry combined for 59 of their 78 points.
Clemson coach Brad Brownell was anxious down the stretch during North Carolina's comeback, but was proud to see Reed and his teammates hang tough in a difficult situation. ''That's something different from past teams.'' Clemson improved to 5-0 at home in the ACC this season.That's when Reed struck with his 3 from the left side to put Clemson ahead for good.Reed rebounded Johnson's miss moments later, and Elijah Thomas made an inside shot to go up 79-74. ''I was just trying to get out of the way,'' De Voe said with a smile after Clemson's 82-78 victory Tuesday night.
(AP) Gabe De Voe had one thought when the game ended and Clemson fans poured onto the court to celebrate the Tigers' first win over North Carolina in eight years.
''I think he made the biggest play,'' North Carolina coach Roy Williams said of Reed.