WHAT: Wake Forest vs. Clemson
WHEN: 7 p.m., Wednesday
WHERE: Littlejohn Coliseum
The three things Tiger players say they have to
accomplish Wednesday night is limit the touches of
shooting guard Justin Gray, limit the touches of forward Eric Williams,
and rebound on both ends of the court. However, doing any of
those things, let alone all three, is going to be very
Gray, a senior, is fourth in the ACC in scoring,
averaging 17.8 points per game and Williams, also a
senior, is 11th in the league in scoring at 15.9
points per game. The Demon Deacons even have a third
big-time scorer in Trent Strickland, who is averaging
13.2 points. All three average more than any one for
"We definitely want to limit Gray from getting hot
because we all know he's a shooter," said Tigers
forward Sam Perry. "He showed that last year here.
"Williams is a big, strong guy who can obviously score
in bunches. Both of the guys can score in bunches, so
you've got to contain them."
The other problem Williams and Strickland present for
Clemson is their ability to rebound. Strickland is
fifth in the ACC averaging 8.0 rebounds per game,
while Williams is eighth at 7.8 per game.
And just like there are three good scorers for Wake
Forest, there are three good rebounders. Kyle Visser
is 19th in the league in crashing the boards with 5.9
Getting the missed shots on both sides is a must and
has to be a total team effort. Just look at Saturday's
game against Virginia, where the Tigers were
out-rebounded by 18 and lost the game. Against Florida
State, Clemson had 14 more and the Tigers won.
"We definitely need to have our guards rebounding,"
Clemson center Akin Akingbala said. "We have to keep
their big guys off the boards and give our guards a
chance to get the long rebounds."
Clemson coach Oliver Purnell believes this such a
critical part for his team that the Tigers have been
doing rebounding drill after rebounding drill.
"After that poor effort on the rebound job we did
(against Virginia), we've been stressing it in
practice ... to gang rebound and complete the job,"
Perry said. "You can play good defense, but they can
get another chance and a new clock."
And the last thing the Tigers want to do is give Gray,
Williams or Strickland another chance to score.
Wake Forest (11-3 overall, 0-1 ACC)
PG 2 Shamaine Dukes (6-1, 175) 1.2 ppg, 0.9 rpg
G 1 Justin Gray (6-2, 194) 17.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg
C 31 Eric Williams (6-9, 280) 15.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg
F 55 Kyle Visser (6-11, 244) 8.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg
F 33 Trent Strickland (6-5, 216) 13.2 ppg, 8.0 rpg
Clemson (12-3 overall, 1-1 ACC)
PG 3 Vernon Hamilton (6-0, 195) 11.9 ppg, 3.6 apg
G 25 Cliff Hammonds (6-3, 197) 9.1 ppg, 3.1 apg
C 33 Akin Akingbala (6-9, 240) 9.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg
F 32 Sam Perry (6-5, 208) 7.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg
G 22 Shawan Robinson (6-2, 180) 11.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg
Tigers Enter Heart of ACC Schedule
CUTigers.com Top Stories
TIGERS REMAIN #3 IN BOTH POLLSWith Ohio State losing and Michigan jumping to #2, idle Clemson sits at #3 in both of Sunday's polls.
GRADES AND ANALYSIS: NC State#3 Clemson committed 4 turnovers, including 3 in the red zone and a pick-six, in its 24-17 overtime win over NC State in Death Valley.
CUTigers.comThursday at 2:52 PM
Clemson Basketball Media DayWatch Head Coach Brad Brownell and his assistant coaches discuss the upcoming basketball season at Clemson Media Day!
CUTigers.comThursday at 1:30 PM
PHOTO GALLERY: #3 Clemson vs NC StateEnjoy these images from Clemson's thrilling overtime victory versus NC State in Death Valley, courtesy of CUTigers Photographer John Bolton!
CUTigers.comThursday at 11:12 AM
College coaches who could get hired awayWhy these highly sought college football coaches would leave (and why they could stay)
ScoutThursday at 10:00 AM