Another Critical ACC Matchup

CLEMSON – Sam Perry, James Mays, K.C. Rivers and Cliff Hammonds have played in so many games over the course of their careers, you'll excuse them if they can't remember every single one. However, they all remember their last trip to Miami.

WHAT: Clemson (15-4, 3-2 ACC) at Miami (14-4, 1-3 ACC)
WHERE: Bank United Center
WHERE: 1 p.m., Sunday
SPREAD: Clemson -1
TV: Raycom

GAME NOTES

Two years ago, Clemson went into Coral Gables and was so bad that the mayor asked them to leave because they were stinking up South Beach. The Tigers scored only 38 points and shot 25 percent from the field, with only 15 baskets.

Ouch.

"We played well to start, but that wasn't a good game," Perry said. "We played terrible. I guess we enjoyed Miami too much."

Making matters so tough was the fact that Miami played several different types of zones, which gave Clemson all kinds of fits. The Tigers were forced to shoot from the outside, but they couldn't knock down their shots.

However, this time Clemson heads to Miami with more weapons. Rivers, Hammonds and freshman Terrence Oglesby are each shooting over 40 percent from 3-point range.

"We've got a good combination inside and out," Mays said. "You've got guys like me, Raymond (Sykes) and (Trevor) Booker inside, and then you've got the sharpshooter T.O., who shoots without a conscience and knocks it down and Cliff is very consistent and K.C. is putting up big numbers.

"If we bring it inside to one of the big men and once they collapse we can put it back out (to the wing), definitely we should have some success with the zone."

In fact, Perry said Miami would make a critical mistake if it tried the zone this time, especially with Oglesby on the court.

"I'm sure they're going to do something about that (when Oglesby's in the game)," he said. "They're going to have to go man-to-man or he's going to have another Clemson record."

Regardless of what Miami does defensively, all agree that the Tigers can't start off slow like they have the last three or four games. Doing so has caused Clemson to play catch-up and as a result, three of their five ACC games have gone into overtime.

"It seems like we start off kind of sluggish then realize, oh, the game's on the line, we might lose," Mays said. "We just have to start off at the beginning of the game with a quicker mindset.

"It's crunch time now, time to separate the men from the boys. So you have to be ready to play."

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS
Clemson (15-4, 3-2 ACC)
G 2 Demontez Stitt (6-2, 170) 8.5 ppg, 3.2 apg
G 25 Cliff Hammonds (6-3, 200) 10.5 ppg, 4.0 apg
C 35 Trevor Booker (6-7, 240) 12.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg
F 1 K.C. Rivers (6-5, 215) 15.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg
F 40 James Mays (6-9, 230) 10.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg

Miami (14-4, 1-3 ACC)
G 33 Jack McClinton (6-1, 185) 16.1 ppg, 2.9 apg
G 23 James Dews (6-3, 198) 11.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg
C 50 Anthony King (6-9, 242) 8.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg
F 42 Raymond Hicks (6-7, 238) 5.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg
F 1 Lance Hurdle (6-2, 180) 7.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg

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