Countdown to tipoff

Countdown to tipoff

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Countdown to tipoff

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Clemson committed a season-high 18 turnovers and Florida State turned them into 25 points in a 56-41 win in the Tigers’ ACC home opener on Jan. 9. The Seminoles dominated every facet of the game, including points in the paint by a whopping 44-16 margin and bench scoring, 33-9. Clemson, who shot 30 percent as a team, was led by K.J. McDaniels’ 14 points and seven rebounds. Ian Miller led FSU with 15 points off the bench. The Tigers are trying to end a 13-game losing streak.

GAME SETUP

CLEMSON (13-6, 4-3 ACC) vs. FLORIDA STATE (13-7, 4-4 ACC)

Tipoff: 3:05 p.m.

Arena: Tucker Center (12,100)

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

TV: ESPN2 (Mark Jones-pbp; Sean Farnham-color)

• Clemson has dropped its last two games after getting off to a 4-1 start in the ACC; the Tigers lost to Florida State in an earlier meeting this season, 56-41.

• Florida State is also coming off two straight losses; the ‘Noles lost at Duke, 78-56, and at NC State, 74-70.

• In the first meeting between the two teams, the Tigers shot just 30 percent and committed a season-high 18 turnovers.

 

SERIES HISTORY

CU Series W-L record: Florida State leads 35-28

Streak: Florida State has won the last five meetings

QUICK HITS

• Florida State’s five-game winning streak matches the longest by either team in the series; the Seminoles also won five in a row from 1994-96.

• Clemson’s last win over Florida State came at Littlejohn Coliseum, a 79-59 victory to open the 2011-12 ACC regular season.

• The last Tiger win in Tallahassee came in 2009-10, when Oliver Purnell’s final team won 53-50 behind a 19-point, 11-rebound outing by Trevor Booker.

• Last season in Tallahassee, Clemson saw a double-digit lead slip away and Michael Snaer banked in a three at the buzzer to break a 57-57 tie and give FSU one of several last-second victories.

• Saturday’s matchup pits the ACC’s top two teams in terms of blocked shots per game: Clemson (6.26) is first, followed closely by Florida State (6.20).

• Junior forward K.J. McDaniels is believed to be the ONLY player in the nation leading his team in scoring, rebounding, blocks, steals and three-pointers.

• McDaniels is the only player in the ACC that ranks in the conference’s top 10 in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, free throw percentage and blocks.

 

PROJECTED STARTERS

Clemson

Pos         Player                   Hgt         Wgt        Class      ppg        Rebs

G             Rod Hall               6-1          210         Jr.           9.6          3.6

G             D. Harrison         6-4          205         Jr.           6.2          2.5

F              K.J. McDaniels   6-6          200         Jr.           16.2        7.1

F              J. Smith                6-8          260         So.          2.0          2.9

C             Landry Nnoko    6-10       250         So           5.9          6.4

 

Florida State

G             D. Bookert          6-3          185         So.          8.5          3.3

G             M. Brandon        6-7          216         So.          8.6          5.3

F              O. White              6-8          204         Sr.           12.8        4.9

F              R. Gilchrist          6-9          220         Sr.           4.3          2.5

C             B. Bojanovsky    7-3          240         So.          6.1          3.4

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