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UNDATED (AP) — This could be the year Clemson finally wins a basketball game at North Carolina. The Tigers run of futility in Chapel Hill began in 1926 and has continued uninterrupted for 59 consecutive games. Yes, the Tigers are 0-59 all-time at North Carolina. Clemson will look to end the frustrating streak when it plays the Tar Heels on Saturday. The game highlights this weekend's ACC's schedule. North Carolina is just 3-7 in its last 10 games including three losses at home. The Tar Heels have also been without key players in Cole Anthony and Anthony Harris due to injuries.
UNDATED (AP) — No. 1 LSU and Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow face No. 3 Clemson, the defending national champions in the College Football Playoff title game Monday night. Clemson has won 29 straight games. Another title would make the Tigers just the fourth program since 1936 to win three in four years. LSU is seeking its fourth national title overall and first since 2007. Burrow has thrown a Southeastern Conference-record 55 touchdown passes. Clemson has yet to lose when sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence starts, going 25-0.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Shayla Bennett scored 20 points and North Carolina again handed a highly ranked North Carolina State team its first loss of the season, beating the No. 9 Wolfpack 66-60 on Thursday night. Taylor Koenen added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels, who rallied from 12 down midway through the third quarter. It was the first win in the longtime rivalry for first-year UNC coach Courtney Banghart. Aislinn Konig had 24 points to lead the Wolfpack. The Tar Heels handed N.C. State its first loss last year, too, that one coming after the Wolfpack started 21-0.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Jasmine Carson scored 21 points to lead a balanced Georgia Tech team to a 67-52 victory over No. 11 Florida State. Francesca Pan added 16 points, Kierra Fletcher 12 and Lorela Cubaj 10 for the Yellow Jackets, who snapped a five-game losing streak to the Seminoles. Tech beat Florida State for the first time since a Feb. 27, 2014 victory at Tallahassee. The Yellow Jackets scored 20 points off 21 Seminoles turnovers while only committing nine of their own. Nicki Ekhomu scored 16 points, Nausia Woolfolk 13 and Kourtney Weber 10 for the Seminoles. Woolfolk went over 1,000 career points.
UNDATED (AP) — Six bowl games this season saw their lowest attendance in history. Even though many bowls are played in half-empty stadiums, they aren't going away. The number of bowls will go from 39 this season to 42 next season. Average announced attendance for non-New Year's Six bowls was 34,500. Even though stadiums often don't fill, the games are attractive because they bring in valuable television viewers. The Football Bowl Association plans to form a task force to look at ways to grow attendance.
UNDATED (AP) — Some of the attendance problems that have hit college football during the regular season has shown up in the postseason. The Associated Press analyzed attendance numbers for 33 second- and third-tier Bowl Subdivision bowl games. AP found that 23 of those were played at venues where the announced attendance was less than 75% of capacity. Of those 23, eight were under 50%. Six bowl games had their smallest crowds on record. Those were the New Mexico, Cure, Camellia, Pinstripe, First Responder and Famous Idaho Potato bowls.
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