By Staff Report.
Site: St. Pete Time Forum (20,400)
Date: Thursday, March 17, 2011
City: Tampa, FL
Time: 12:15 PM
TV: CBS (Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, David Aldridge)
Radio: Clemson Tiger Sports Properties (Pete Yanity, Tim Bourret)
Overall: WVU leads 3-1
at Clemson: None played
at Littlejohn: None played
at WVU: WVU leads 2-1
at Neutral: WVU leads 1-0
First Meeting: WVU, 88-73, on Feb. 22, 2011
Last Meeting: WVU, 78-73, on Mar. 29, 2007
Streak: WVU won the most recent meeting
*This will be just the fifth meeting between Clemson and West Virginia on
the basketball court and the Mountaineers hold a 3-1 lead in the series
that dates to the 1951-52 season. Three of the four games have been played
in Morgantown and the fourth and most recent took place in the
game of the 2007 NIT.
*The first two games of the Clemson vs. West Virginia series were played
on consecutive days in Morgantown, Feb. 22-23, 1952. A 12th ranked West
Virginia team defeated Clemson 88-73 and 80-69 on those consecutive days.
Those were the first two games in Clemson history against a top 20 team.
*West Virginia won the most recent meeting, 78-73, in Madison Square
Garden on March 29, 2007, the latest date on the calendar Clemson has
played a game.
*When Clemson faces West Virginia two of the top shot blockers in the
nation will be leaders of their team’s respective defenses. Clemson’s
Jerai Grant is 23rd in the nation in blocked shots per game, while West
Virginia’s John Flowers is 25th. Both are at 2.4 blocks per game.
* Clemson is 20th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 60.9 points
per game, and the Tigers are 28th in field goal percentage defense,
allowing teams to shoot .400. Clemson is also 34th in the nation in
blocked shots per game and 37th in steals per game. West Virginia is sixth
in the nation in three-point percentage defense.
*Clemson arrived in Tampa at its hotel at 4:30 AM on Wednesday morning,
March 16. It is the latest arrival from a road trip since Feb. 15, 2001
when Clemson arrived from a road trip at NC State at 5:30 AM. Clemson
upset #1 ranked North Carolina in its next game.
*Clemson Head Coach Brad Brownell is one of four first-year coaches
nationally to go to NCAA Tournament in his first year with the program.
The other coaches are Steve Lavin at St. John’s, Greg Lansing at Indiana
State and B.J. Hill at Northern Colorado.
*Clemson seniors Jerai Grant and Demontez Stitt are now two of the top six
winningest players in Clemson history. Grant has played in 88 victories
and ranks fourth, while Stitt has played in 85 and ranks tied for fifth.