Citadel at Clemson preview

A look at the Bulldogs’ New Year’s Day game at Clemson:

The Citadel at Clemson
When: 4 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson
Records: The Citadel 3-7, Clemson 7-4
Radio: 1450-AM. TV: ESPN3.com
Notes: The last game in a six-game road trip for The Citadel, who have lost six straight by an average of 26 points … It’s the Bulldogs’ second straight game against an ACC team; they lost by 73-41 at Georgia Tech on Dec 22 … The Citadel has lost 14 straight to Clemson, its last win by 58-56 in 1979 … The Bulldogs are the fourth of four straight mid-major foes for the Tigers, who are coming off a 77-41 win over S.C. State … The Tigers have three players averaging in double figures: Devin Booker (11.6 ppg), K.J. McDaniels (11.3 ppg) and Milton Jennings (10.7 ppg).

Clemson starters

G Rod Hall, 6-1, so. 6.4 ppg, 4.2 apg

G Jordan Roper, 5-11, fr. 5.9 ppg, 1.1 rpg

F KJ McDaniels, 6-6, so. 11.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg

F Milton Jennings, 6-9, sr. 10.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg

C Devin Booker, 6-8, sr. 11.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg

The Tigers rebounded from a 69-46 loss at Coastal Carolina with a 77-41 win over S.C. State on Dec. 22. Per warrennolan.com, Clemson’s best RPI win was over No. 105 UTEP by 69-48 on Nov. 23. The Tigers are 1-3 against teams ranked above No. 200 in the RPI, 6-1 against teams ranked below No. 201. The Tigers are tough on defense, allowing foes to shoot just 41.2 percent on 2-point shots (ranking No. 25 in the nation) and giving up just .920 points per possession (No. 50). The Tigers like to work inside-out, getting 57 percent of their points on 2-point baskets (No. 68 in the country) and just 24.6 percent on 3-pointers (No. 237). The Tigers try 16 3-pointers a game on average, but in the loss to Coastal, the Chants forced them into 21 3-pointers. Clemson made just 4 of those 21 (19 percent), something the Bulldogs can also hope for. Kenpom.com says Clemson will win 75-51, and gives The Citadel a 2 percent chance of pulling the upset.

 

 

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