After having its 10-game win streak stopped on Thursday night at NC State, No. 17 Clemson has 42 hours to get over it as hosts 18th-ranked Miami today at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson.
Despite 17 turnovers which led directly to 20 NC State points, the Tigers still had an opportunity to the tie game and force overtime with 0.2 seconds to play. It was Clemson’s first loss in the ACC this season.
The Hurricanes have not played in six days and are coming off an 80-74 win over No. 24 Florida State last Sunday.
CLEMSON (14-2, 3-1 ACC) vs. MIAMI (13-2, 2-1 ACC)
Tipoff: 3:05 p.m.
Arena: Littlejohn Coliseum (9,000)
Radio: CTN (Don Munson-pbp; Tim Bourret-color)
TV: ESPNU (Mike Couzens -pbp; Corey Alexander-color)
- Clemson dropped its first game since the month of November at NC State – snapping a 10-game winning streak.
- Clemson is 13-11 all-time against Miami, including a 7-2 mark at home against the Hurricanes.
- This will mark the first time either team will enter a game both ranked in the Top 25 of the AP or USA Today Coaches Poll.
- Both teams have split the last four meetings.
- Leading scorer Marcquise Reed is one of just 15 players in the country to average at least 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals.
CU Series W-L record: Clemson is 13-11 all-time against Miami.
Streak: No current streak. Teams have split the last four.
- Clemson moved up in the AP Top 25 poll this week (No. 19). Clemson is also ranked in the USA Today Coaches Poll at No. 17 – its highest national ranking since Jan. 18, 2010 (17th in AP). Clemson’s RPI checks in at 6th nationally.
- Since head coach Brad Brownell took over prior to 2010-11, the Tigers have won 10 games against nationally ranked opponents.
- Coach Brownell (138 victories at Clemson) is tied with Oliver Purnell for the third most wins at Clemson.
- Gabe DeVoe tallied his second double-double of the season and third of his career at NC State with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
- Marcquise Reed is one of just 16 players in the country to average at least 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
- Elijah Thomas is one of just six players in the nation to average at least 11.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per contest.
- The Tigers’ next five opponents are a combined 54-11 (vs. Miami, at North Carolina, vs. Notre Dame and at Virginia).
MIAMI SCOUTING REPORT
- The Hurricanes come into the contest today riding high after an 80-74 win over No. 24 Florida State on Jan. 7.
- Miami has three players averaging double-figures and are led by Dewan Huell (13.9 ppg), while Bruce Brown (11.8) and DJ Vasiljevic (10.1) follow suit.
- Miami’s defense has been stout – holding opponents to just 36.9 percent shooting from the floor, including a dismal 26.5 percent from three. They are only allowing 59.9 points on average.
- The Hurricanes’ adjusted defensive efficiency, according to Ken Pomeroy, is ranked fifth in the nation (89.4 points per 100 possessions).