By Staff Report.
Clemson heads to North Carolina State Thursday night looking for their second ACC road win in a game that they need if they want to make the NCAA tournament. The Tigers sit at No. 71 in the RPI rankings Thursday morning.
Jerai Grant, who was held scoreless against North Carolina, will need to bounce back strong in order for the Tigers to bring home a victory. Clemson will also need to see if they can play 40 minutes without a major scoring drought that has been far too common the past few weeks.
Site: RBC Center (19,700)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011
City: Raleigh, NC
Time: 7:00 PM
TV: ESPN2 (Mike Patrick, Len Elmore)
Radio: Clemson Tiger Sports Properties (Pete Yanity, Tim Bourret)
RPI: Clemson 74, NC State 96
Overall: NC State leads, 96-47
at Raleigh: NC State leads, 45-13
at RBC Center: Tied, 4-4
at Clemson: NC State leads, 31-29
at Littlejohn: Clemson leads, 22-17
at Neutral: NC State leads, 20-5
First Meeting: NC State won 22-15 in 1923-24
Last Meeting: Clemson won 60-50 at home on Jan. 25, 2011
Streak: Clemson has won six of the last seven meetings
Last NC State win: 59-57 in 2010 ACC Tournament
• Clemson is 16-0 this year when it shoots a higher field goal percentage than the opposition, and 10-0 when the Tigers shoot at least 50 percent from the field.
• Clemson has won three straight ACC games against teams coming off a victory. The Tigers are 3-4 this year against ACC teams coming off a loss. NC State is coming off a victory at Wake Forest.
• Clemson Head Coach Brad Brownell has already set a school record for ACC wins by a Tigers first year head coach with six. His 17 overall wins already rank third best for a Clemson first year head coach.
• Over the last 10 games, Demontez Stitt has averaged 3.6 points in the first half and 11.0 in the second half.
• Clemson leads the ACC in scoring defense, allowing 60.2 points per game. Clemson has a chance to become the first ACC team since 1996-97 (NC State) to hold opponents to 60 points per game or less.
• Andre Young has made at least one three-point goal in 26 straight games, including all 25 this year. The last team to hold him without a three-point goal was NC State, at the 2010 ACC Tournament. Young ranks fifth in the ACC in three-point goals per game, fourth in assist/turnover ratio, sixth in three-point percentage and 10th in steals/game. Young needs three three-point goals to reach 150 for his career.
• Stitt needs nine assists to reach 400 for his career.
• MIlton Jennings had 15 points and 12 rebounds against North Carolina, his first career double-double against an ACC team.
• Clemson has lost eight games this year and four of them have been decided by two points or less, three in the ACC alone.
• Clemson outrebounded North Carolina 47-36 in its last game, the best rebound margin for the Tigers in an ACC game this season.
• Clemson has won its last three games at NC State and six of the last seven overall. A win Thursday would give Clemson its second longest winning streak at the same road venue. The record is five straight road wins at Virginia in the 1960s.
• Tanner Smith is shooting 48 percent on three-point goals in ACC games (12-for-25).