Meet the Clemson Tigers

TDD Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2014


The Blue Devils face a tough game in Littlejon Coliseum on Saturday afternoon at Clemson.

ROSTER
SCHEDULE
STATS
?SCOUT SITE

?PROJECTED STARTERS
?G- 20 Jordan Roper (9.8.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg)
?G- 12 Rod Hall (10.4 ppg, 3.9 apg)
?F- 32 K.J. McDaniels (16.5 ppg, 6.9 rpg)
?F- 33 Josh Smith (2.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg)
?C- 35 Landry Nnoko (5.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg)

STAR WATCH
?K.J. McDaniels is the team’s top scorer and rebounder from the small forward position. He’s also the ACC’s leader in blocked shots at 2.9 per game this year. McDaniels ranks alongside Duke’s Jabari Parker as players who rank among the top 10 in points and rebounds.

McDaniels will likely have a chance to match-up with Parker along with sophomore captain Rodney Hood, who has been on a tear of late. In two ACC games, McDaniels is averaging 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds along with 2.0 blocks.


STORYLINES

  • The Tigers are coming off a 15 point loss to Florida State in a game that saw Clemson shoot 30 percent from the field and 26 percent from the perimeter. The Tigers also turned the ball over 18 times against just nine assists.

    Florida State dominated the game inside, out-scoring the Tigers 44-16 in the paint and converting the 18 Clemson turnovers into 25 points.

  • Since consecutive wins over Duke in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, Duke has reeled off five straight victories over Clemson. Duke has only lost to Clemson 27 times in the history of the series, but 21 of those defeats have come in Death Valley.

  • While the Blue Devils would prefer a much faster pace, the Tigers are much more comfortable at a much slower speed. Clemson averages just under 67 points per game (Duke averages 84), but does hold opponents to just 53.5 points per night. Each of the first two ACC opponents (Boston College and Florida State) have failed to reach 60 points.

  • Saturday’s game is the first of three conference games this season that will come on a two-day turnaround for Clemson. Meanwhile, Duke has been off since Tuesday.

  • Though they aren’t scoring on a huge pace from the field, you don’t want to put the Tigers on the charity stripe if you can help it. That’s because the Tigers are shooting 77.5 percent at the free throw line this season, currently the top figure in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the fourth-best accuracy in the nation.

  • Don’t be surprised if Andre Dawkins’ eyes are lighting up this weekend. That’s because the last time he set foot inside Littlejon Coliseum, Dawkins was a difference maker, scoring a game-high 24 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the perimeter to help Duke to a 73-66 win on January 15, 2012.


    Clemson athletics contributed to this report.



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