Countdown to tipoff

Countdown to tipoff

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Countdown to tipoff

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Clemson has played in the Atlantic Coast Conference for 60 seasons. Only eight of those seasons have the Tigers won at least three conference road games. This year’s team made it nine with a victory at Florida State on Feb. 1. In seven of the previous eight seasons in which it won at least three ACC road games, Clemson finished above .500 in conference play. This year’s team has a chance to become only the fifth team in school history to win at least four ACC games on the road something they can do with a victory at Georgia Tech today.

 

GAME SETUP

CLEMSON (16-9, 7-6 ACC) vs. GEORGIA TECH (13-13, 4-9 ACC)

Tipoff: 12 p.m.

Arena: McCamish Pavilion (8,600)

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

TV: RSN (Wes Durham-pbp; Dave Odom-color)

• Clemson snapped a three-game skid Tuesday with a resounding 73-56 win over a top-60 RPI team in NC State.

• The Tigers topped their season-high point total against an ACC team (72 vs. Duke). Clemson is 8-0 when scoring at least 70.

• Clemson goes for its ninth consecutive win over Georgia Tech on Saturday; the Tigers have won each of the last three meetings between the two programs in Atlanta.

 

SERIES HISTORY

CU Series W-L record: Clemson leads 64-59

Streak: Clemson has won the last eight meetings

 

QUICK HITS

• Last season at McCamish Pavilion, Clemson won 63-60 after Milton Jennings blocked the tying shot in the final seconds.

• In the first meeting on Feb. 4, Clemson won 45-41 in an odd game. The team’s top players, Clemson’s K.J. McDaniels and Tech’s Marcus Hunt, combined to shoot 4-of-27 from the field. Also, Georgia Tech was down regular contributors in Trae Golden and Robert Carter Jr. due to injuries.

• Clemson’s three-point percentage defense (.275) is on pace to establish a single-season school record. The previous best was .294 in 2009-10. The Tigers currently rank fourth among NCAA teams in defending the three.

• K.J. McDaniels, coming off a six-block effort against NC State, is on pace for the best per game average (2.88) by a Tiger since Sharone Wright in 1993-94.

• Rod Hall scored a career-high 20 points against NC State; he had the best perfect free throw shooting of his career vs. the ‘Pack (8-for-8 at the line).

• Damarcus Harrison is coming off his best offensive output since November; he posted 14 in the win over NC State on Tuesday.

 

PROJECTED STARTERS

Clemson

Pos         Player                   Hgt         Wgt        Class      ppg        Rebs

G             Rod Hall               6-1          210         Jr.           9.2          3.7

G             Harrison               6-4          205         So.          6.2          2.4

F              K.J. McDaniels   6-6          200         Jr.           17.1        7.2

F              Blossomgame   6-7          215         Fr.           4.5          4.7

C             Landy Nnoko     6-10       250         So.          5.8          6.1

 

Ga. Tech

G             Heyward              6-1          221         Fr.           1.0          1.4

G             Bolden                 6-3          216         So.          5.9          2.2

F              Georges-Hunt   6-5          219         So.          12.0        4.2

F              Holsey                  6-8          234         Sr.           7.7          5.4

C             Miller                    6-11       275         Sr.           11.1        7.8

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