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Tar Heels Win the 50-50 Balls

North Carolina all but secured its unblemished home record against Clemson would stay intact for yet another year with a late first-half run ignited by hustle plays. The hustle plays weren’t limited to rebounding. The Tar Heels began winning their share of 50-50 balls, which served the dual purpose of point differential and emotional release.

Carolina aims to sustain sense of urgency

North Carolina knew it was capable of a performance like Sunday’s 80-61 beatdown of Clemson. The Tar Heels just needed a reminder. So coach Roy Williams had a video spliced together of clips from wins over Louisville, Michigan State and Kentucky. UNC’s problem all season has been trying to sustain the urgency and effort that it showed in those games. They finally revisited it against Clemson.

Video: James Manor hits back-to-back 3s vs Clemson

North Carolina senior walk-on James Manor hits back to back three pointers in the big win against Clemson in Chapel Hill.

Lucas: Too Cool

Let's just abandon all pretense and be totally honest about what's going to happen here. The words you are about to read are going to sound hopelessly old. You will think they were written with a quill pen on a scroll of parchment paper while listening to a phonograph. These words are like Old Tin Can vintage stuff. You've been warned. Here we go.

Same old, same old: UNC throttles Clemson

North Carolina has turned home games against Clemson into celebrations ever since the Tigers first traveled to Chapel Hill in 1926, and despite the Tar Heels’ struggles this season, Sunday night would be no exception. UNC shot 55.4 percent against the nation’s top scoring defense in an 80-61 win that dropped Clemson to 0-57 all-time against the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill.

Video: J.P. Tokoto's save leads to UNC fast break vs Clemson

J.P. Tokoto's leaping, behind the back save starts the fast break as James Michael McAdoo weaves through traffic and finds Leslie McDonald for the easy layup in the first half of the Tar Heel's win against Clemson in Chapel Hill.

Fear the Streak

Every so often there comes an opportunity, one bubbling of hope, for the Clemson faithful with regard to their program’s NCAA record of futility at North Carolina. Each time, however, reality has interceded. UNC won 80-61, shooting a blistering 55.4 percent from the field while becoming Clemson’s first opponent this season to crack the 80-point threshold.

Video: UNC-Clemson Game Highlights

Complete game highlights from North Carolina's 80-61 Atlantic Coast Conference win over Clemson in Chapel Hill on Sunday.

UNC-Clemson Postgame Notes

Tar Heels are now 12-7 overall, 2-4 in the ACC and 9-3 at home this season. This was Roy Williams' 899th game as a college head coach. His record is now 712-187, including 119-49 in ACC regular-season play. James Michael McAdoo led all scorers with 22 points. It was his 12th straight game scoring in double figures, his fifth 20-point game this year and the 10th 20-point game of his career.

Recap & Analysis: UNC 80 Clemson 61

With 4:22 left in the first half, James Michael McAdoo dove on the floor after a rebound, secured it and called a timeout to preserve the possession. Out of that timeout Nate Britt hit a three point to push the UNC lead to 15. McAdoo's effort on that possession was a microcosm of how he played the whole night and fueled UNC to an 80-61 win over Clemson.

UNC-Clemson Postgame Quotes

Roy Williams opening statement: "Well playing with that sense of urgency that we had today certainly makes you feel better in the locker room. I told them when they got in there it doesn't feel a heck of a lot better than when you invest more. You need to have that sense of urgency every time we play. If we do have it, we've got a better chance."

Video: Roy Williams Post-Clemson Press Conference

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams talks to reporters following the Tar Heels' 80-61 victory over Clemson on January 26, 2014.

Video: James Michael McAdoo emphatic one-handed slam vs Clemson

James Michael McAdoo finishes his impressive night with an emphatic one-handed slam in the Tar Heels big home win against Clemson.

North Carolina beats Clemson 80-61

James Michael McAdoo scored 22 points to help North Carolina beat Clemson 80-61 on Sunday, keeping the Tigers winless all-time in Chapel Hill. Marcus Paige added 15 points for the Tar Heels (12-7, 2-4 ACC) in a dominating performance. North Carolina played with more energy and aggressiveness than during its recent struggles, shooting 55 percent for the game.

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Clemson

That might be the most consistent 40 minutes of going hard to the rim that James Michael McAdoo has had in his Tar Heel career. McAdoo finished a strong 9-of-13 and earned ten trips to the free throw line, pairing that offensive production with seven rebounds. The fact that he did it against a Clemson team that had been extremely stingy defensively makes it even more impressive.

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