Clemson Battles Gardner-Webb

Clemson Battles Gardner-Webb


Clemson Battles Gardner-Webb


By Staff Report.

The Tigers open the 2011-12 basketball season Friday night as they host Gardner-Webb. 

Clemson will look to the four seniors to lead a team with six freshmen. 







Site:    Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)
Date:    Friday, November 11, 2011
City:    Clemson, SC
Time:    8:00 PM
Radio:    Clemson Tiger Sports Properties
        (Pete Yanity – play-by-play, Tim Bourret – color)
Web:    ESPN3
        (Roy Philpott – play-by-play; Alex Welp – color)

Overall:       Clemson leads 3-0
at Clemson:    Clemson leads 3-0
at Littlejohn:    Clemson leads 3-0
at Gardner-Webb:    None played
at Neutral:    None played
First Meeting:    Clemson, 71-61, in 2002-03
Last  Meeting:    Clemson, 96-67, in 2007-08
Streak:    Clemson has won three straight

•    Clemson opens year two of the Brad Brownell era on Friday against Gardner-Webb.  The Tigers and Bulldogs will meet for the fourth time in the history of the series, with Clemson holding a 3-0 advantage.  All three meetings have been at Littlejohn Coliseum since 2002.
•    The Tigers have won 26 consecutive season openers and 38 of their last 39 openers overall.  Clemson’s most famous season-opening win was in 1996 when the Tigers knocked off defending national champion Kentucky.
•    Clemson won its exhibition game against Queens University (NC), coached by alum Wes Long.  The Tigers held Queens, a Division II school, to 35 points and forced 22 turnovers in the win.  Tanner Smith had 13 to lead the Tigers, while fellow senior Catalin Baciu added 10.
•    Clemson held Queens to 34.9 percent shooting and forced 22 turnovers by the Royals.
•    Eleven different players logged 10 or more minutes in the exhibition, yet the highest total was 26 by freshman T.J. Sapp.
•    Brownell established first-year Clemson coaching records for overall wins (22) and ACC regular season wins (9) last season.  He also took the Tigers to their fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
•    Brownell guided the Tigers to their first NCAA Tournament win in 14 years last season.
•    Clemson and Duke are the only schools in the ACC to advance to the NCAA Tournament each of the past four seasons.
•    Clemson was picked to finish seventh by the ACC media for the second straight preseason.  The Tigers finished tied for fourth last year, surpassing most expectations.
•    Andre Young led the ACC in assist/turnover ratio last season and is third in Clemson history with a career 2.01 figure.
•    Young is seventh in school history in both career three-point goals (170) and three-point percentage (.387).  He needs eight goals to pass former teammate Terrence Oglesby for sixth place on the all-time list.
•    Tanner Smith is one of 30 candidates for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.  The award is given to a senior that best represents the four Cs – character, classroom, community and competition.  The list will be narrowed to 10 finalists in January.




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