WHAT: Clemson vs. UTEP
WHERE: Stan Sheriff Center (10,300) - Honolulu, HI.
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 22 (2:30 p.m.)
SPREAD: Clemson -7
TV: ESPNU, ESPN3
Up first on the docket is a showdown with UTEP on Thursday afternoon. The
Tigers and Miners will tip-off at 2:30 [EST].
Led by second-year head coach Tim Floyd, UTEP is 4-5 with wins over
UC-Riverside, New Mexico State, Southern and McNeese State. The losses
were to Texas-San Antonio, New Mexico State, Stephen F. Austin, Oregon and
A season ago, the Miners won 25 games, advanced to the postseason NIT and
played in the Conference USA Tournament Championship Game.
"The competition will be good," said head coach Brad Brownell. "I know
that UTEP has a young team, but Coach (Tim) Floyd is very good. So this
will be a good tournament for our guys. We need to play well."
UTEP is led by Gabriel McCulley, who's averaging 12.8 points per
game. Also in double figures are Julian Washburn [11.3] and
Michael Perez [10.7 PPG].
The local tip-off time of 9:30 a.m. will be the second earliest in Clemson
basketball history. The 9 a.m. start to a game against Chaminade Nov. 24,
1998, which the Tigers won 72-60, is the earliest.
With a win, Clemson would play the winner of the Kansas State, Southern
Illinois game at 5 p.m. [EST] on Friday. The losers play at 3 on Friday.
"I've seen Kansas State, and they're really good and very
physical and really athletic and strong and tough," Brownell said. "I have not seen
Southern Illinois, but Chris Lowery and I went to high school together. I
know how he coaches, and he coaches like I coach with a lot of motion
offense and physical defense."
On the other side of the bracket are Long Beach State, Xavier, Auburn and
All-time, Clemson is 1-3 against UTEP, 11-14 versus Auburn, 2-0 versus
Long Beach State, 1-1 against Kansas State and 1-0 versus Hawaii and
G #11 Jacques Streeter (6-0, 175) - 6.4 PPG, 2.7 RPG
G #24 Michael Perez (6-3, 180) - 10.7 PPG, 2.8 RPG
G #10 Julian Washburn (6-7, 205) - 11.3 PPG, 3.6 RPG
F #23 Gabriel McCulley (6-7, 225) - 12.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG
F #31 John Bohannon (6-10, 210) - 7 PPG, 5.3 RPG
G #4 Rod Hall (6-1, 210) - 4.1 PPG, 1.1 RPG
G #11 Andre Young (5-9, 170) - 13.7 PPG, 3.6 APG
G #5 Tanner Smith (6-5, 210) - 9.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG
F #24 Milton Jennings (6-9, 225) - 8.7 PPG, 5 RPG
F #31 Devin Booker (6-8, 245) - 9.9 PPG, 7 RPG
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