By Staff Report.
Clemson looks for their second ACC win of the season when Georgia Tech visits Littlejohn on Saturday afternoon.
Site: Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)
Date: Saturday, January 21, 2012
City: Clemson, SC
Time: 2:31 PM
Radio: Clemson Tiger Sports Properties (Pete Yanity – play-by-play, Tim Bourret – color)
TV: ACC Network (Tom Werme – play-by-play, Eddie Fogler – color)
Overall: Georgia Tech leads 60-59
at Clemson: Clemson leads 40-15
at Littlejohn: Clemson leads 31-8
at Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech leads 42-19
at Neutral: Georgia Tech leads 3-0
First Meeting: Clemson, 26-22, in 1912-13
Last Meeting: Clemson, 65-56, in 2010-11
Streak: Clemson has won three straight
• Clemson and Georgia Tech meet for the 120th time on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets are one of the Tigers’ oldest rivals, as the series dates to 1912-13, the second season of Clemson basketball.
• The Tigers have held the upper hand recently in the series. Clemson owns a 9-4 lead in games played since the 2005-06 season, including a current streak of three straight.
• Saturday’s matchup will be the first meeting between Clemson’s Brad Brownell and Georgia Tech’s Brian Gregory, even though both spent 2006-10 coaching in the same city of Dayton, OH. Brownell was at Wright State, while Gregory was the head coach at Dayton.
• Former Clemson assistant Josh Postorino is now an assistant at Georgia Tech. He helped the Tigers to three consecutive NCAA appearances from 2008-10, his first year as director of operations and his final two seasons as an assistant coach.
• Clemson has dropped three straight ACC games by a total of 12 points. The Tigers’ lone conference win was by a 20-point margin over Florida State, so Clemson is +8 in scoring through a quarter of conference play.
• The Tigers lead the ACC in conference games only with 9.3 steals per game. Clemson has had eight or more steals as a team in all four games, including a high of 10 against Boston College and Miami.
• Tanner Smith and Andre Young, two natives of the state of Georgia, are a combined 28-of-49 from three-point range in their careers against Georgia Tech.
• Smith is coming off a 23-point outing at Miami, the second-best single-game scoring mark of his career. He tied a career-high with four three-point goals as well.
• Young tallied four steals against Miami and moved past former teammate Demontez Stitt and into a tie for eighth (James Mays) on Clemson’s all-time list with 166 career steals.
• K.J. McDaniels reached double figures for the first time since the game against UTEP in Hawaii, and for just the second time this season when he scored 11 at Miami.
• Catalin Baciu logged a career-high 19 minutes at Miami and responded with 10 points, which matched his career high.
• Today’s honorary captain is Randy Mahaffey, a member of the school’s 100th year anniversary all-time team.