It certainly wasm't North Carolina's best effort of the season, but it was good enough to handle Clemson for the 56th straight time in Chapel Hill.
The Tar Heels overcame cool shooting and sloppy play early to defeat Clemson 74-52 to move to 10-2 in the conference and 23-4 overall.
Harrison Barnes led North Carolina with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Tyler Zeller finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds and John Henson added 13 points and 8 rebounds. Kendall Marshall played solid with 13 assists to only 3 turnovers and chipped in 4 points. UNC went 6-14 from behind the three point arch led by Reggie Bullock who went 3-5.
Carolina's bench played well when they were in. Justin Watts played solid defense and Desmond Hubert had 4 points and was given some playing time on Saturday.
Carolina dominated the boards most of the game winning the rebounding advantage 37-23 and Carolina's defense had one of their better efforts spurring Coach Roy Williams to say, "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....I think our guys are more in tune with our defensive principles right now."
North Carolina took the lead at 11-9 with 12:32 left in the first half and never lost it expanding the lead to the 22 point margin of victory. Clemson was led by Andre Young who finished with 13 points.
The win moves Carolina to 56-0 all time in Chapel Hill versus Clemson.
The win ties Florida State at the top of the ACC. The Seminoles got a big road win at N.C. State earlier. The Tar Heels have two big road games this week, first at N.C. State on Tuesday, followed by Virginia next Saturday.