Countdown to tipoff

Countdown to tipoff

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Countdown to tipoff

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Clemson looks to improve to 8-1 as it hits the road for the first time this season. The Tigers will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks. It is Clemson’s first ever game at Arkansas and only the second time the two teams have faced each other on the basketball court.

 

GAME SETUP
CLEMSON (7-1, 0-0 ACC) vs. ARKANSAS (5-2, 0-0 SEC)
Tipoff:  2 p.m. ET
Site:  Bud Walton Arena (19,200)
Radio:  CTSN (Pete Yanity-pbp; Tim Bourret-color)
TV: CSS (Matt Stewart-pbp; Daymeon Fishback-color)
Web: ESPN3
• Clemson travels to Fayetteville, AR for its first road game of the season. It is Clemson’s first ever game at Arkansas, and only the second game in history between the two schools.
• This is only the program’s second trip to the state of Arkansas, as Cliff Ellis’ 1986-87 team played two games in Little Rock as part of the TCBY Classic.
• Saturday’s game pits the NCAA’s No. 1 scoring defense (51.0 ppg) from Clemson vs. Arkansas’ No. 14 scoring offense (88.6 ppg).

SERIES HISTORY
CU Series W-L record: Arkansas leads 1-0
Streak: Arkansas won the only prior meeting

QUICK HITS
• Clemson has a recent history of playing well on the road against SEC foes, with four wins over South Carolina and one over both Alabama and Mississippi State away from home within the last decade.
• Arkansas Head Coach Mike Anderson beat Clemson in the opening round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament as the coach at Missouri.
• Saturday’s game features two of the most exciting wings in college basketball. Arkansas’ Michael Qualls and Clemson’s K.J. McDaniels have both already made appearances on SportsCenter’s Top 10 this season.
• McDaniels played at Central Park Christian School in Birmingham, AL with Arkansas sophomore Jacorey Williams. He is also close friends with another Birmingham native on the Razorbacks’ roster, Coty Clarke.
• Devin Coleman earned his first start last time out against SC State and responded with a career-high 16 points – his third straight double digit outing.
• Landry Nnoko recorded his second double-double of the season Tuesday, scoring a career-high 13 with a game-high 13 rebounds in the Tiger victory.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Clemson

Pos         Player                   Hgt         Wgt       Class      ppg        Rebs

G             Rod Hall               6-1          210         Jr.           10.6        4.0

G             D. Coleman        6-2          205         So.          5.7          1.4

F              K.J. McDaniels   6-6          200         Jr.           17.1        6.4

F              J. Blossomgame 6-7        215         Fr.           5.6          4.9

C             Landry Nnoko    6-10       250         So           4.3          6.8

 

Arkansas

Pos         Player                   Hgt         Wgt       Class      ppg        Rebs

G             Fred Gulley        6-2          182         Sr.           4.1          2.9

G             Kikko Haydar     5-10       170         Sr.           4.0          1.0

G             R. Madden          6-5          180         Jr.           7.7          2.3

F              A. Harris               6-6          237         Jr.           14.1        4.6

F              B. Portis               6-10       242         Fr.           11.3        4.6

 

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