What went wrong in UNC’s loss to Clemson

The UNC men’s basketball program has their first home loss of the season, losing 80-76 to the Clemson Tigers.

A lot went wrong in the loss, and some concerning things were said following it. Before getting into what went wrong for the UNC basketball program, hats off to Clemson for never letting up, it was the first time UNC didn’t have a lead in the game since the 2022 home loss to Duke.

Despite never getting the lead, UNC flirted with getting in front of the Tigers, but couldn’t overcome their attack. Clemson also did a great job on switches, forcing UNC into questionable shot attempts, resulting in their second-lowest shooting percentage from the field (36.9%) of the season.

What else went wrong for UNC is the absence of Seth Trimble, who has been ideal off the bench all season. His defensive abilities and strong finishing at the rim were deeply needed.

Even with energy lacking, the fact that the Tar Heels only lost by four points despite arguably their worst game of the year tells you how good this team truly is. Armando Bacot dominated for the second game in a row with 24 points and 13 rebounds. While Paxson Wojcik stepped up in place of Trimble, finishing with the second-highest rebounds (6) on the team.

In the end, UNC went flat but wouldn’t be shocked if energy is pumped into them for Saturday’s game against the Miami Hurricanes. We saw how they looked coming off the Georgia Tech loss, expect the same from this one.

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