Originally created 01/19/01

ACC notebook



It's a streak that irritates Clemson players, fans and alumni. But the only way to put the streak to rest is to beat North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

The Tigers continued their losing streak at North Carolina on Wednesday night, suffering a 92-65 loss to the No. 6 Tar Heels.

Clemson's 0-47 record at Chapel Hill is the second longest road losing streak in the country, second only to Brown's 50-game losing skid at Princeton. The Tigers did beat the Tar Heels in 1999 at home, scoring a 78-63 victory at Littlejohn Coliseum.

The road doesn't get any easier for the Tigers, who travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., on Sunday to face the No. 10 Demon Deacons.

"We've had back-to-back weeks where we've played two giants in the game," Clemson coach Larry Shyatt told The Associated Press in reference to playing the Tar Heels and No. 2 Duke. "I hope we can lick our wounds like we did last week."

The Tigers (10-7 overall, 1-3 ACC) lost consecutive games to Maryland and Duke before finally winning their first ACC game last Saturday, a 72-69 victory over North Carolina State.

Wake Forest (13-3, 2-3) will be itching to get back on the winning track after dropping back-to-back games to Georgia Tech and Wednesday night's 81-71 loss at No. 12 Maryland.

Since starting the season 12-0, the Demon Deacons have lost two of their past three games to fall into a three-way tie for third-place with Virginia and Georgia Tech.

Clemson hasn't beaten Wake Forest since 1990 when it scored an 89-75 victory.

BIG BOYS ARE COMING:

Georgia Tech doesn't have long to lick its wounds after dropping a 72-60 decision at North Carolina State on Tuesday night. No. 2 Duke, winners of eight straight against the Jackets, invades Alexander Memorial Coliseum on Saturday for a noon tipoff.

After Tuesday night's loss in which the Jackets played more zone defense that their traditional man-to-man, Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt likely will go back to playing man-to-man defense against the Blue Devils.

"We didn't aggressively run the floor, we didn't attack the break," Hewitt said. "That wasn't us out there."

The Wolfpack was the first unranked team Tech had played since beating Harvard on Dec. 28, a span of playing four consecutive teams in the Top 20.

WOEFUL FLORIDA STATE:

When Florida State joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1992, school officials cited the primary reason was to improve its basketball program.

The Seminoles, the only team in the conference without a victory, have struggled under fourth-year coach Steve Robinson and rank last in 11 of the 19 team statistical categories in the conference.

FSU is last in scoring offense (70.2 ppg), scoring defense (76.4 ppg), scoring margin (minus-6.2 ppg), field goal percentages (.426), defensive field goal percentage (.458), 3-point field goal percentage (.302), defensive 3-point field goal percentage (.424), assists (13.41), steals (5.88), turnover margin (minus-2.18) and 3-point goals made (4.65).

NOTES:

Wednesday night's loss to North Carolina dropped Shyatt to 40-40 at Clemson. ... Maryland will be looking for its sixth victory in the past eight meetings with North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C., on Sunday.

Reach Tim Morse at (706) 823-3216 or timmorse@augustachronicle.com.