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Countdown to tipoff: Clemson at Georgia Tech

Jan 7, 2017; South Bend, IN, USA; Clemson Tigers forward Jaron Blossomgame (5) shoots over Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward V.J. Beachem (3) in the second half at the Purcell Pavilion. Notre Dame won 75-70. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson looks to snap a two-game losing skid — both to ranked opponents — on Thursday in Atlanta as it travels to Georgia Tech for a key ACC basketball game. The Tigers are looking for their first win at Georgia Tech since 2014.

CLEMSON (11-4, 1-2 ACC) at GEORGIA TECH (9-6, 1-2 ACC)

Date: Today

Tipoff: 7 p.m. ET

Arena: McCamish Pavilion (8,600)

Radio: CTSN (Tony Castricone-pbp; Tim Bourret-color)

TV: RSN (Bob Rathbun-pbp; Brian Oliver-color)

  • The Tiger program owns 24 wins at Georgia Tech, more than any other ACC opponent’s home floor. Clemson won four straight in Brad Brownell’s first four seasons in Atlanta.
  • This is the first meeting between the two coaches, Clemson’s Brad Brownell and Georgia Tech’s Josh Pastner.

PROJECTED  STARTERS

Clemson

G             Shelton Mitchell

G             Avry Holmes

F              Donte Grantham

F              Jaron Blossomgame

C             Sidy Djitte

Georgia Tech

G                     Josh Heath

G                     Okogie

G                     Justin Moore

F                      Quinton Stephens

C                     Ben Lammers

SERIES HISTORY

CU Series W-L record: Clemson leads 68-62

Streak: Georgia Tech has won the last two meetings

TIGER TRACKS

  • Clemson has made 107 more free throws than its opponents. The Tigers have outscored the opposition from the charity stripe in all but one game.
  • Jaron Blossomgame became the seventh player in Clemson history with at least 1,400 points and 700 rebounds in a career at Notre Dame. He needs 12 points to pass Will Solomon for 13th on Clemson’s all-time scoring list.
  • Blossomgame has scored 20 or more points in 13 of Clemson’s last 19 ACC regular season games, dating to the 2015-16 season.
  • Gabe DeVoe is coming off a career-high four three-pointers, all in the first half of Clemson’s Jan. 7 game at Notre Dame.
  • Elijah Thomas is shooting 68 percent for the season, converting 21 of his 31 field goal attempts. He also has 12 blocks in six appearances.
  • Avry Holmes had 19 points, five rebounds and four assists (with no turnovers) the last time the Tigers faced Georgia Tech, in the 2016 ACC Tournament.
  • Anthony Oliver II, a member of Clemson’s 2017 signing class, enrolled in January and began classes this week.

–Staff Reports

 

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