Countdown to tipoff

Countdown to tipoff

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Countdown to tipoff

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Clemson begins a stretch of five road games over its next six tonight at Pitt; the Tigers also play at North Carolina, Florida State, Syracuse and Notre Dame as part of the six-game stretch. Clemson plays the first of three new conference members at Pittsburgh. Clemson is just 1-5 all-time in inaugural games against ACC expansion teams.

 

GAME SETUP

CLEMSON (13-4, 4-1 ACC) vs. No. 22/21 PITTSBURGH (16-2, 4-1 ACC)

Tipoff: 8:05 p.m.

Arena: Petersen Events Center (12,508)

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

TV: ACC Network (Tim Brant-pbp; Dan Bonner-color)

• Clemson is off to a 4-1 start in the ACC, its best start since the 1996-97 team began the conference slate with a 5-0 record. It is just the fourth time in program history the Tigers have started the ACC with a 4-1 record or better.

• Clemson and Pittsburgh have played just once, a 60-50 victory for the Panthers in Charlotte, NC in the consolation round of the 1958 Carrousel Classic.

SERIES HISTORY

CU Series W-L record: Pittsburgh leads 1-0

Streak: Pittsburgh won the only meeting

QUICK HITS

• Following the win over Wake Forest, Clemson plays only one game (Feb. 4 against Georgia Tech) in Littlejohn Coliseum over a 27-day span.

• Clemson is in search of consecutive wins over ranked teams, something that has not been accomplished by a Tiger team since the 1997-98 season.

• Tuesday’s game pits two of the league’s best small forwards – Clemson’s K.J. McDaniels and Pitt’s Lamar Patterson – against one another. Both players rank among the top 10 in the ACC in six different statistical categories.

• McDaniels is coming off his fourth double-double of the season (15 points, 12 rebounds) against Wake Forest.

• Ibrahim Djambo came off the bench to go 2-for-2 from three-point range against Wake Forest; it broke an 0-for-8 slump for the junior college transfer from behind the arc.

• Clemson and Pittsburgh’s only prior meeting came in the consolation round of the 1958 Carrousel Classic in Charlotte, NC.

• Despite holding Panther All-American Don Hennon to 16 points (13 below his season average entering the game), Clemson was unable to take advantage in a 60-50 loss.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Clemson

Pos         Player                   Hgt         Wgt        Class      ppg        Rebs

G             Rod Hall               6-1          210         Jr.           10.5        3.8

G             J. Roper              5-11       165         So.          9.1          2.4

F              K.J. McDaniels 6-6          200         Jr.           16.8        6.9

F              Blossomgame    6-7          215         Fr.           4.6          4.4

C             Landry Nnoko    6-10       250         So           5.6          6.8

 

Pitt

G             Robinson             6-3          200         So.          8.0          4.0

G             Wright                  6-4          205         Jr.           10.7        3.1

F              Patterson            6-5          225         Sr.           17.6        4.7

F              Young                   6-8          245         Fr.           6.1          4.8

C             Zanna                    6-9          230         Sr.           12.9        8.2

 

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