Oh, how the mighty have fallen. The UNC Tar Heels, about as banged up of a team as you'll find in college basketball, have dropped to 8-8 following a stunning loss to Clemson on Saturday. The Tar Heels held a 10-point lead with two minutes left in the game, but the Tigers managed to stage a dramatic comeback. After time expired, Clemson head coach Brad Brownell was going crazy, shouting out "it's over!" on the sideline while throwing his arms up in celebration.
Brownell was fired up after the statement victory. His Tigers improbably forced overtime and managed to fend off Roy Williams' squad in a 79-76 thriller. Not to mention, this was the first time in 60 tries Clemson was able to win at UNC.
Junior forward Aamir Simms led the charge for Clemson with 20 points on 7-for-13 shooting from the field. Tevin Mack and John Newman III each put up 17 points for the Tigers, while UNC was led in scoring by Brandon Robinson who had 27.
After a recent UNC loss, Williams was critical of the talent level on this year's Tar Heels team. Hopefully he strays away from pointing the finger at his players following this defeat.
Injuries have certainly limited the team's potential, but even a hobbled team can't afford to blow a double-digit lead in a two-minute span.