Clemson Opens Diamond Head Against UTEP

Clemson Opens Diamond Head Against UTEP


Clemson Opens Diamond Head Against UTEP


Clemson opens the Diamond Head Classic Thursday afternoon when they battle UTEP.


Site:    Stan Sheriff Center (10,300)
Date:   Thursday, December 22, 2011
City:    Honolulu, Hi

Time:    2:30 PM EST
Radio:    Clemson Tiger Sports Properties (Pete Yanity – play-by-play, Philip Sikes – color)
TV/Web:    ESPNU/ESPN3 (Roxy Bernstein – play-by-play, Doug Gottlieb – color)

Teams:  Auburn, Clemson, Hawaii, Kansas State, Long Beach State, Southern Illinois, UTEP, Xavier

Overall:       UTEP leads 3-1
at Clemson:    None played
at Littlejohn:    None played
at UTEP:    UTEP leads 3-1
at Neutral:    None played

•    Clemson and UTEP will play for the fifth time Thursday, but the first time since 1982-83.  UTEP leads the series 3-1 with all four games being played between 1963-83 in El Paso.
•    The Tigers are playing in a regular season tournament in Hawaii for the sixth time.  The Tigers were 8-4 in the former Rainbow Classic and 2-0 in Hawaii Pacific tournament.  This is the Tigers first appearance in the Diamond Head Classic.
•    Clemson has won 25 regular season tournaments over the years.  The last win came in 2008 in the Charleston Classic.
•    Clemson’s has a 16-15 record agains the other teams in the tournament.
•    The 9:30 AM local tip is the second earliest ever for the Tigers. 
•    Bryan Narcisse and Tanner Smith both earned their undergraduate degrees this semester.
•    Smith has scored a career-high 17 points in regular season tournaments in each of the last two years.



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