Previewing Georgia Tech

CLEMSON – If nothing else, members of the Clemson basketball team can expect to see Georgia Tech play a little zone defense when the two meet Saturday afternoon.

WHAT: Clemson vs. Georgia Tech
WHEN: 12:00 p.m., Saturday
WHERE: Alexander Memorial Coliseum
TV: FoxSports Net

What else would the Jackets do after witnessing Clemson's horrid shooting performance at Miami? The Tigers scored just 17 points in the second half and 38 for the entire game.

That tends to happen when a team goes 4-for-28 from three-point range and has five outside shooting players combine to go 6-of-40 from the field.

"I think they'll play some zone," said Tigers guard Cliff Hammonds, who went 1-for-8 against the Hurricanes. "I think once we start hitting those shots we missed the other night, I don't think they can just say we're going to let you shoot from the outside and hope that you miss."

However, even in games that Clemson has won this year, that has been the case. Teams from Elon to Miami realize the Tigers are not making shots right now from the outside.

Even Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski joked said he played more zone against Clemson than he had in the last 10 years combined.

"We've certainly got to shoot the basketball a little bit better to have an opportunity to win," Tigers coach Oliver Purnell said. "If we do struggle like that, our offense has got to be outstanding."

Since Clemson started conference play, scoring has been tough to come by.

In ACC games only, the Tigers rank last at 61.6 points per game, free throw shooting at 51.9 percent, next to last in field goal percentage at 39.3 percent, last in three-point percentage at 24.8 percent and last in assists.

"We've got to get better and play better to win on the road," Purnell said. "Right now the most important thing that I'm looking for is improvement in play, outstanding effort, no hangover from the Miami game and just focus on the Georgia Tech game."

The Yellow Jackets are coming off a loss at Wake Forest and seem ripe for the picking. They are a shell of what they were last year, however they have won five straight against Clemson and have two conference wins (Boston College and Virginia), both of which came at home.

Nonetheless, this is a very winnable game and just the perfect remedy to get Clemson back on track.

Of course, the Tigers have to hit more of their shots to get that win.

Clemson (13-5 overall, 2-3 ACC)
PG 3 Vernon Hamilton (6-0, 195) 13.1 ppg, 3.2 apg
G 25 Cliff Hammonds (6-3, 197) 9.4 ppg, 3.2 apg
C 33 Akin Akingbala (6-9, 240) 9.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg
F 32 Sam Perry (6-5, 208) 6.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg
F 42 Julius Powell (6-7, 208) 4.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg

Georgia Tech (9-6 overall, 2-2 ACC)
PG 35 Zam Fredrick (6-0, 209) 9.6 ppg, 4.2 apg
G 23 Anthony Morrow (6-5, 205) 17.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg
C 44 Theodis Tarver (6-9, 245) 3.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg
F 32 Jeremis Smith (6-6, 232) 13.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg
F 1 D'Andre Bell (6-5, 200) 4.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg Top Stories