In honor of the Martin Luther King holiday, Craig Mobley, Clemson's first African-American scholarship student-athlete, will make the ceremonial center-jump toss to open the game Saturday afternoon.
Morris Brown will be the last of the true "cup cakes" on the Tigers' schedule this season. After today's game, Clemson will battle the likes of North Carolina, Virginia, Florida State, and Maryland in the next two weeks.
The Tigers are coming off a 17-point loss to the Duke Blue Devils last Sunday in Littlejohn Coliseum. Ed Scott led the way with 27 points, although only one other Tiger finished in double figures- Thomas Nagys had 11.
"We didn't play well that night, and you've got to play at the top of your game against a quality team like Duke," said head coach Larry Shyatt.
Fortunately for Clemson, the Wolverines come into Saturday's game ranked #325 in the Sagarin rankings, which is only two spots away from dead last in NCAA Division I-A college basketball.
Despite their opponent's ranking, it will be important for several of the other starters to step in up in the scoring department as the team moves into the heart of conference play.
Chey Christie, among others, will need to improve on his 2-of-9 shooting performance Sunday evening over the course of the next few weeks if the Tigers are going to have a chance to win any of their upcoming contests.
"We know we're a pretty good team," said starting center Sharrod Ford after the loss. "We just lost our composure in stretches against Duke, but we still know that we can play with anybody and we are just starting the season basically."
Ford is one of three players averaging in double figures this season for Clemson. Ed Scott leads the way at 19.3 points a game, Chay Christie is averaging 11.9, and Sharrod Ford comes right at 10 points per contest.
The Wolverines are led in scoring by F Anthony Adams, who comes in averaging 14.3 points a game.
Morris Brown: Derrick Thompson, 5-33, 2nd year (5-33, 2nd year)
Clemson: Larry Shyatt, 64-72, 5th year (83-81, 6th year)
Morris Brown Starters
6-0 G Stephen Walton (2.2 ppg, 1.3 rpg)
6-2 G Larry Washington (8.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg)
6-2 F Ed Benton (3.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg)
6-3 F Anthony Adams (14.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg)
6-7 C Amien Hicks (7.6 ppg, 11.9 rpg)
6-0 G Edward Scott (19.4 ppg, 6.5 apg)
6-4 G Chey Christie (11.9 ppg, 3.0 apg)
6-6 F Olu Babalola (8.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg)
6-7 F Chris Hobbs (8.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg)
6-9 C Sharrod Ford (10.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg)
Tigers Ready for Morris Brown
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