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Countdown to tipoff: Nebraska at Clemson

Nov 11, 2016; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers forward Jaron Blossomgame (5) dribbles the basketball in the first half against the Georgia Bulldogs at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers won 74-64. Mandatory Credit: Dawson Powers-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson and Nebraska meet for the first time in history as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The game will tip off at 9 p.m. from Littlejohn Coliseum, and will be televised on ESPNU.

The Tigers are 9-7 all-time in the event and are in search of their first challenge win since 2011 at Iowa.

Wednesday’s matchup features two top-65 teams in the latest RPI according to WarrenNolan.com.

The Tigers are 15th nationally in free throw accuracy, according to the latest NCAA statistics. Clemson, coming off a 22-for-24 effort against High Point, is shooting 79 percent early in the season.

PROJECTED CLEMSON STARTERS

G             Avry Holmes

G             Gabe DeVoe

F              Donte Grantham

F              Jaron Blossomgame

C             Sidy Djitte

PROJECTED HIGH POINT STARTERS

G             Tai Webster

G             Glynn Watson

F              Jack McVeigh

F              Michael Jacobson

F              Ed Morrow

 

Series History

This is the first meeting

Tiger Tracks

Sidy Djitte, averaging a double-double for the Tigers, is third among all players nationally in offensive rebounds per game (5.0). He has had seven offensive boards in each of Clemson’s last two games.

Jaron Blossomgame is coming off a season-high 27 points against High Point. He has averaged 18 points per game in two career ACC/Big Ten Challenge games, posting 24 at Minnesota last season.

Blossomgame moved into 21st in Clemson’s career scoring list last time out, moving his tally to 1,241 total points.

Gabe DeVoe has scored double figures in four of Clemson’s first five games. He entered his junior season with just seven career double-figure efforts.

Marcquise Reed, Clemson’s sixth man, leads the Tigers in three-point accuracy (.563) and free throw accuracy (.905).

Shelton Mitchell, projected to be the starting point guard, made his Clemson debut last time out, collecting two assists in 11 minutes against High Point.

Avry Holmes needs 19 points to reach 1,000 for his career.

–Staff Reports

 

Photo Credit: Dawson Powers-USA TODAY Sports

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