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)
(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.