Countdown to tipoff

Countdown to tipoff

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Countdown to tipoff

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Clemson looks to go to 2-0 in ACC play for the first time since the 2008-’09 season as it host Florida State tonight at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers are also seeking their first win over Florida State since the 2011-’12 season. The Seminoles have won four straight in the series.

 

GAME SETUP

CLEMSON (10-3, 1-0 ACC) vs. FLORIDA STATE (9-4, 0-1 ACC)

Tipoff:  7:05 p.m.

Tickets:  1-800-CLEMSON

Radio:  CTSN (Pete Yanity-pbp; Tim Bourret-color)

TV:  RSN (Wes Durham-pbp; Cory Alexander-color)

• Clemson opened ACC play at Boston College with a 62-60 win, its first on the road to open league play since 2008-09.

• The Tigers meet the Seminoles in their home ACC opener Thursday; it is the third straight season the two have met for Clemson’s first conference game at Littlejohn Coliseum.

• Both teams have played UMass; the Tigers lost 62-56 and the Seminoles handed the Minutemen their only loss this season, 60-55.

 

SERIES HISTORY

CU Series W-L record:

Florida State leads 34-28

Streak:

Florida State has won the last four meetings

QUICK HITS

• Clemson held Boston College to 17 points in the first half, the fewest the Tigers allowed in a half to an ACC team since Georgia Tech (15) last season in Atlanta.

• Clemson and Florida State met three times last season and the Seminoles won all three games; all three were decided by five points or less.

• Brad Brownell’s first win over a ranked team as Clemson’s coach came in 2010-11 against No. 22 Florida State; his Tigers defeated the Seminoles 62-44 at Littlejohn Coliseum that season.

• Thursday’s contest pits the top two shot-blocking teams in the ACC against one another; both have 88 blocks in 13 games so far this season, while Clemson is first (.351) and FSU second (.369) in field goal percentage defense.

• Rod Hall needs just four assists Thursday to reach 200 for his career. He would be the 29th player in Clemson history with at least 200 assists.

• Hall has compiled 25 assists against just three turnovers at home.

• K.J. McDaniels has a higher scoring average against Florida State (12.4 ppg) than he does against any other ACC opponent.

 

 

PROJECTED STARTERS

Clemson

Pos         Player                   Hgt         Wgt        Class      ppg        Rebs

G             Rod Hall               6-1          210         Jr.           10.8        4.0

G             J. Roper                                5-11       165         So.          10.2        2.7

F              K.J. McDaniels   6-6          200         Jr.           16.7        6.8

F              Blossomgame   6-7          215         Fr.           4.2          4.2

C             Landry Nnoko    6-10       250         So           5.3          6.6

 

Florida Sate

Pos         Player                   Hgt         Wgt        Class      ppg        Rebs

G             D. Bookert          6-3          185         So.          7.6          3.6

G             M. Brandon        6-7          216         So.          9.5          5.5

F              O. White              6-8          204         Sr.           13.0        6.7

F              R. Gilchrist          6-9          220         Sr.           5.2          2.8

C             B. Bojanovsky    7-3          240         So.          6.6          2.9

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