Fresh off an impressive home win over Ohio State and a tough road win against South Carolina in overtime, the Tigers (4-1) return to Littlejohn Coliseum Saturday night to take on Charleston Southern (1-2).
The Buccaneers, who are led in scoring and rebounding by junior forward Kurtis Rice - averaging nine points and 10 boards a game - have only played three games this season, losing to College of Charleston and Notre Dame, and defeating Voorhees.
Saturday night's game is the first of three home games the Tigers should be favored to win. Next week, Clemson will welcome The Citadel and Norfolk State into Littlejohn Coliseum before heading to Hawaii for the Rainbow Classic.
The Bucs haven't looked impressive in their first three games of the year, but the Tigers won't be taking anything for granted. And that holds especially true after a tough week of exams.
"Any year, it's always tough to put on your exam hat, and then come back and play on Saturday. It's one of the most difficult stretches of the year, but we've got to do it," said head coach Oliver Purnell.
Purnell remains optimistic about his young team after two straight non-conference wins.
"Our first road test at Boston College didn't go very well, but our team was not intimidated. Then coming back home with a big win over Ohio State. I was very proud of our team, and then obviously, I was very happy with our group going down to South Carolina. To win in overtime, and to come from behind a couple of times in overtime to win the game. That was big."
Clemson will continue to play all four of its freshmen, including Sam Perry, Cheyenne Moore, James Mays, and Cliff Hammonds.
Hammonds was named Co-Rookie of the Week by the ACC for his play against Ohio State and South Carolina.
"Cliff Hammonds has played really well through the first four or five games of the year. He's been outstanding, particularly when we are asking him to play three positions. His progress has been pretty steady."
All-time, Clemson owns a perfect 15-0 record against Charleston Southern.
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