By Staff Reports.
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.
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.
CU Series W-L record: Pittsburgh leads 1-0
Streak: Pittsburgh won the only meeting
• 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.
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
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