By Staff Report.
The Tigers play Wake Forest Saturday afternoon in Littlejohn as they hope to get another victory that will push them closer to making the NCAA tourney for the 4th straight season. A win over the Deacs is a must if the Tigers hope to stay on the bubble.
Site: Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)
Date: Saturday, Feb.26, 2011
City: Clemson, SC
Time: 4:00 PM
TV: Fox Sports South (Ron Thulin, Eddie Fogler)
Radio: Clemson Tiger Sports Properties (Pete Yanity, Tim Bourret)
RPI: Clemson 64, Wake Forest 250 (as of Thursday, Feb. 24)
Overall: Wake Forest leads 98-52
at Clemson: Tied 35-35
at Littlejohn: Clemson leads 21-19
at Wake Forest: Wake Forest leads 53-12
at Neutral: Wake Forest leads 10-5
First Meeting: Wake Forest, 40-34, on Jan. 13, 1926
Last Meeting: Wake Forest, 70-65, on Mar. 7, 2010
Streak: Wake Forest has won five of the last six meetings
• Clemson has three games left and all are against teams the Tigers will play for the first time this season. After Saturday’s game, the Tigers face Duke on March 2 before returning home for Senior Day against Virginia Tech on March 5.
• Clemson’s last three wins in the series against Wake Forest have all come in overtime, most recently 80-75 during the 2007-08 season.
• With Sunday’s win over Miami (FL), Head Coach Brad Brownell earned his 18th victory in his first season at Clemson. He ranks in a tie with Bill Foster for second among first-year Tiger coaches in overall victories. Larry Shyatt holds the record (20).
• A victory on Saturday would guarantee Clemson at least a .500 record in the ACC for a fourth consecutive season, which would be a first in school history.
• Clemson leads the ACC in scoring defense, allowing 60.4 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. The Tigers rank 18th in the nation in scoring defense.
• Andre Young has made at least one three-point goal in 28 straight games, including all 27 this year. He has the longest active streak of any ACC player.
• Young is coming off an outstanding 18-point performance in Clemson’s win at Miami, which included a go-ahead three-pointer in the final two and a half minutes. He also made all four of his free throws in the final minute. Young is now 13-of-14 in ACC games from the free throw line, 93 percent.
• Demontez Stitt has scored at least 16 points in each of Clemson’s last five games, including 17 in the win last Sunday at Miami. He made a career-high 11 free throws to help lead the Tigers to victory in that contest.
• Stitt is in the top 10 of the following ACC statistical categories for conference games only: fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.3), seventh in assists per game (3.8), eighth in scoring (15.5), ninth in free throw percentage (.770) and ninth in steals per game (1.4).
• Tanner Smith set a career-high with eight assists in the win at Miami. What is even more impressive is that the junior guard did it with zero turnovers in 34 minutes of action.