Barnes scored 24 points in the Tar Heels’ 74-52 win Saturday, which improved North Carolina to 56-0 all-time in Chapel Hill against the Tigers, an NCAA record for the most consecutive home wins against one opponent.
Tyler Zeller added 14 points for the Tar Heels (23-4, 10-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who held Clemson to 38 percent shooting and outrebounded the Tigers 39-26. The Tar Heels have won three in a row since their last-second loss to rival Duke, holding each opponent to 64 or fewer points.
“Everybody thinks that defense is just sweat and slobbering and yelling at guys and stuff, but you’ve got to know what you’re doing,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. “I think our guys are more in tune with our defensive principles right now.”
Andre Young scored 13 points to lead the Tigers (13-13, 5-7).
NO. 20 FLORIDA STATE 76, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 62
In Raleigh, N.C., Ian Miller scored 17 points to lead Florida State past North Carolina State.
Bernard James had 12 points while Okaro White and Michael Snaer each finished with 10 for the Seminoles (19-7, 10-2).
C.J. Leslie scored 21 points to lead the Wolfpack (18-9, 7-5), but the rest of the team combined to shoot 9 of 44.
NO. 22 VIRGINIA 71, MARYLAND 44
In Charlottesville, Va., Mike Scott scored 25 points and Virginia took command with a 16-0 run early in the second half and beat Maryland.
Malcolm Brogdon added 14 points and Sammy Zeglinski 11 for the Cavaliers (20-6, 7-5), who ended their first two-game losing streak of the season.
Terrell Stoglin scored 14 points, all in the first half, and Nick Faust had 13 for Maryland (15-11, 5-7).
VIRGINIA TECH 75, GEORGIA TECH 74 (OT)
In Blacksburg, Va., Dorenzo Hudson made a 3-pointer as time expired in overtime to lift Virginia Tech over Georgia Tech.
The Yellow Jackets took a 73-71 lead on a jumper by Mfon Udofia with 5 seconds remaining, and Virginia Tech called a timeout with 3.5 seconds left.
After the timeout, Jarell Eddie caught the ball in the corner and nearly lost control. But he passed the ball out of a double team and found Hudson, who launched the game-winning shot for the Hokies (15-12, 4-8).
Georgia Tech (9-17, 2-10) has lost nine of its past 10 games.
MIAMI 74, WAKE FOREST 56
In Coral Gables, Fla., Kenny Kadji and Durand Scott scored 18 points each to lead Miami over Wake Forest, which snapped a two-game losing streak for the Hurricanes (16-9, 7-5).
Harris scored 14 points to lead Wake Forest (12-15, 3-10).
The Deacons shot 52 percent from the field in the first half but just 30 percent in the second.