Clemson will face Louisiana-Lafayette of the first time in program history when it hosts the Sun Belt Conference member in the Tigers’ final non-conference game of the season.
Clemson comes into the 3 p.m. tip on a six-game winning streak, including Tuesday’s 64-48 victory over rival South Carolina.
The Tigers are looking to continue their best start to a season since the 2008-’09 season.
CLEMSON (10-1) vs. LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE (10-2)
Date: Friday, December 22
Tipoff: 3:01 p.m. ET
Arena: Littlejohn Coliseum (9,000)
Radio: CTN (Don Munson-pbp; Tim Bourret-color)
TV: ACCN Extra (Pete Yanity -pbp; Jim Davis-color)
- Clemson is 28-3 all-time against members of the Sun Belt Conference.
- Donte Grantham is a mere nine points shy of reaching 1,000 for his career – becoming the 39th player in Clemson history to achieve that feat.
- Tigers improved to a nice 69-29 record in Nov./Dec. under Brownell.
- With his 25-point performance against South Carolina, Marcquise Reed has now scored exactly 500 points in a Clemson uniform.
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LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE SCOUTING REPORT
- The Ragin’ Cajuns enter this afternoon’s matchup with a 10-2 overall mark this season.
- Louisiana-Lafayette are the winners of seven in a row.
- The Ragin’ Cajuns currently have four players averaging double-figures in scoring and are led by JaKeenan Gant (17.0 ppg).
- Bryce Washington is averaging a double-double for the Cajuns (10 points and 10 rebounds).
- Something has to give – the Ragin’ Cajuns are averaging 88.2 points per game, while the Tigers surrender just 62.9 points per contest.
- The Tigers received 35 votes in this week’s AP Top 25 poll (ranked 28th). They received 10 votes in USA Today coaches poll. Clemson’s RPI checks in at 21st nationally.
- Marcquise Reed earned named ACC Player of the Week honors (12/18/17).
- Reed has now scored exactly 500 points in his Clemson career.
- He is one of just 15 players in the country to average at least 15.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals per contest.
- Coach Brownell (134 victories at Clemson) is four wins shy of tying and five shy of passing Oliver Purnell for the third most wins at Clemson.
- Elijah Thomas is one of only seven players in the country currently averaging at least 11.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.
- Grantham (991) is just nine points shy of becoming the 39th 1,000-point scorer in Clemson history.