Countdown to tipoff

Countdown to tipoff

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Countdown to tipoff

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Clemson looks to go to 3-0, while also beating archrival South Carolina for a second straight year as the Gamecocks come to Tigertown today for a 5 p.m. tipoff at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers are coming off a 58-37 victory over Delaware State, while South Carolina is coming off a heartbreaking, 66-64, defeat at No. 23 Baylor.

 

GAME SETUP
CLEMSON vs. SOUTH CAROLINA
(2-0, 0-0 ACC)    (1-1, 0-0 SEC)
Tipoff:  5 p.m.
Tickets:  1-800-CLEMSON
Web:  ESPN3 (Mike Gleason-pbp; Stan Lewter-color)
Radio:  CTSN (Pete Yanity-pbp; Tim Bourret-color)
• Clemson and South Carolina will meet in November for the first time in series history on Sunday.
• The Tigers snapped a two-game losing streak to the Gamecocks last season in Columbia with a 64-55 victory.
• Clemson, which allowed 37 points Wednesday to Delaware State, has a 20-2 record in 98 games under Head Coach Brad Brownell when holding opponents to 50 or less.

THE SERIES
CU Series W-L record    South Carolina leads 88-75
Streak    Clemson won the last meeting

QUICK HITS
• Clemson and South Carolina square off Sunday in the 164th renewal of the in-state rivalry. The Gamecocks won in both 2010-11 and 2011-12 before the Tigers turned the tables on the road last season in a 64-55 win.
• Sunday’s game will be the earliest meeting in the history of the rivalry and will precede the annual football tilt between the two schools by 13 days.
• Clemson held Delaware State to 37 points in its most recent game, matching the fewest allowed by a Brad Brownell coached Tiger team.
• The Tigers committed just six turnovers versus Delaware State, the fifth time with six or fewer under Brownell.
• K.J. McDaniels is coming off a five-block effort Wednesday, the fifth time in his career he has had at least five in a game.
• Clemson sophomore Jordan Roper and South Carolina freshman Justin McKie were teammates at Irmo High School and led the Yellow Jackets to a state title in 2011. McKie’s father, Gamecock legend BJ McKie, is Irmo’s all-time leading scorer and Roper is No. 2 on the list.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Clemson (2-0)

Pos         Player                   Hgt         Wgt       Class      ppg        Rebs

G             Rod Hall               6-1          210         Jr.           8.5          3.5

G             Jordan Roper     5-11       165         So.          8.0          3.5

F              K.J. McDaniels   6-6          200         Jr.           15.5        6.0

F              J. Blossomgame 6-7        215         Fr.           8.0          5.5

C             Landry Nnoko    6-10       250         So           0.5          2.0

South Carolina (1-1)

Pos         Player                   Hgt         Wgt       Class      ppg        Rebs

G             T. Johnson                6-3          194         Jr.           13.0        5.0

G             S. Thornwell      6-5          210         Fr.           17.0        4.0

F              M. Carrera           6-5          212         So.          10.0        8.0

F              M. Kacinas          6-7          210         So.          5.0          8.0

F              D. Henry              6-9          215         Fr.           6.5          6.0

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