Tigers Hoping to Set a Tone

CLEMSON - The undefeated Clemson basketball team has its home opener tonight at Littlejohn Coliseum.

WHAT: Wofford (0-1) vs. Clemson (3-0)
WHERE: Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000) - Clemson, S.C.
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 19 (7:30 PM)
SPREAD: Tigers by 22
TV: None

PURNELL PREVIEWS WOFFORD: (1:34)

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After winning three games and taking the inaugrual Charleston Classic this past weekend, the Clemson men's basketball team opens up its 2008-09 home schedule Wednesday night against the Wofford Terriers.

And despite the fact Wofford lost its season opener at Dayton Sunday night 52-49, sixth-year head coach Oliver Purnell isn't taking this game lightly.

"Wofford every year, pulls off one or two major upsets," said Purnell. "The last two out of three times we've played them it's been less than a five point game.

"They have two very nice players in [Junior] Salters, a guard that can really shoot it, he had five or six threes the other night against Dayton and [Tim] Johnson an outstanding inside player who had 13 rebounds against Dayton and that was a close ball game they only ended up losing by three."

Three starters return from last year's 16-16 team for the Terriers this season, including the sharp-shooting Salters, as well as guard Corey Godzinski and forward Noah Dahlman.

The Tigers also return three starters from last year's NCAA Tournament squad and are fresh off of winning their first three games of the year against Hofstra, TCU and Temple.

Purnell said he expects to see plenty of man-to-man defense from the Terriers Wednesday night, but the style used by Terrriers' head coach Mike Young will mean the Tigers will have their share of three-point opportunities.

"It's a typical Wofford defense that will give you fits if you aren't focused and ready. They play kind of a sagging man-to-man and they dare you to shoot over the top and if you struggle from the outside you'll find yourself in a close ball game."

That could very well mean plenty of chances for sophomore guard Terrence Oglesby, who currently leads the team in scoring at 15 points per game.

Junior Trevor Booker leads the Tigers on the boards, averaging 13.7 per contest and is also averaging 13 points as well.

Clemson and Wofford have met 63 times on the hardwood, with the Tigers owning a 48-15 lead in the series.

Wofford's last win came in 1999- a 79-74 victory at Littlejohn Coliseum.

"Mike Young, who has worked for me before at Radford is an outstanding coach who gets the most from the guys that he has," said Purnell. "So we are looking for a tough ball game but at the same time we are excited to be home.

"This is the first time we've had the chance to play at home since last year on senior night against Virginia Tech. That was a memorable experience and we want to continue that love affair with our home fans and get off to a great start and hopefully set a tone."

PROBABLE STARTERS
Clemson (3-0)
G #2 Demontez Stitt (6-2,175) - 8.7 PPG, 2.0 APG
G #22 Terrence Oglesby (6-2,190) - 15.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG
C #12 Raymond Sykes (6-9,220) - 9.0 PPG, 6.0 RPG
F #1 K.C. Rivers (6-5,215) - 13.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG
F #35 Trevor Booker (6-7,240) - 13.0 PPG, 13.7 RPG

Wofford (0-1)
G #3 Junior Salters (6-2,190) - 15.0 PPG, 2.0 APG
G #22 Jason Dawson (5-11,175) - 6.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG
G #33 Corey Godzinski (6-8,210) - 7.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG
F #21 Drew Crowell (6-9,220) - 0.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG
F #41 Tim Johnson (6-5,235) - 11.0 PPG, 13.0 RPG

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