|Tigers have beaten 43 ranked teams at Littlejohn|
Clemson Scouting Report
|Melvin scored 15 points at RBC (AP)|
Probable Starting 5: G – #14 Chey Christie (Jr 6-4 183), 9.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg... F – #5 Sharrod Ford (Jr 6-9 223), 11.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg 2.1 bpg... F – #43 Chris Hobbs (SR 6-7 260), 8.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg... G – #22 Shawan Robinson (So 6-2 183), 10.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.8 apg... G – #3 Vernon Hamilton (FR 6-0 192), 7.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.5 apg.
Clemson's Top Gun: Sherrod Ford continues to be Mr. Consistency for the Tigers. He leads Clemson in scoring (11.8 ppg), rebounding (7.2 rpg), block shots (50) and minutes played (28.2 mpg). The tough ACC schedule has seen every Clemson player's stats decline except Ford's.
Gameplan: Oliver Purnell is making his second trip through the ACC schedule and we will see how he counters the shellacking his tigers took in Raleigh. On offense, Clemson will try to take advantage of Vern Hamilton's speed and the inside power of Hobbs. Versatile Sherrod Ford will continue to be the featured player in the Tiger offense. Defensively, Clemson will try to find a solution to the Pack's three point game. In Raleigh, The Wolfpack sank 7 of 15 three-point shots and was hammered when they took it inside, resulting with a 25 of 28 free throw performance. Clemson might try to change to a more versatile line-up to get a better match-up with NC State's big men.
Losing Games: The Tigers have lost three straight and 7 of their last 8 games. The lone victory was over North Carolina at home on January 31st when Clemson set a school record for three-point field goal percentage (.846). The result is a last place standing for the Tigers who are looking to right things under first year coach Oliver Purnell.
Oliver Purnell Chat: "You do that (change the way you defend against screeners) with some teams and it just starts to fall apart because they start to think too much. These guys are intelligent on both ends of the floor. ...They adapt to changes very quickly."
Herb Sendek Chat: "Either way (ranked or unranked), we'd have to be ready to play. Any time you go on the road, you'd better be really good if you want to win. That's the way it is in our league. Our guys are aware of that. Our guys have had pretty good focus. We've been pretty true to ourselves all along."
Key Match-Up:NC State vs. National Recognition: After their stunning upset of Duke, NC State's Julius Hodge said, "We are still hungry because when we are hungry we eat". The Wolfpack has exploded onto the national polls in the past two weeks and find themselves ranked #13 in the AP and #18 in the coaches' poll. The Pack will have a chance to prove Hodge's theory tonight as they face an opponent away that they should beat. Clemson has a hard time matching up against NC State and it showed in their earlier meeting Raleigh. Look for the Pack to continue their winning ways and take a 10-2 conference record away from Littlejohn tonight.
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The Pack shot 46% at the RBC in route to a 86-69 thumping of Clemson in January.
|No||Name||Pos||Ht||Wt||Yr||City (High School)|
|00||Ovarus Williams||G||6-4||175||JR||Snow Hill, NC|
|1||Julian Betco||F||6-5||25||SO||Ruzomberok, Slovakia|
|2||Lamar Rice||F||6-7||210||JR||Flint, MI|
|3||Vernon Hamilton||G||6-0||192||FR||Richmond, VA|
|4||Steve Allen||C||6-10||230||SO||Ft. Lauderdale, FL|
|5||Sharrod Ford||F||6-9||223||JR||Suitland, MD|
|11||Beau Shay||G||5-9||180||SR||Galesburg, IL|
|12||Olu Babalola||F||6-6||242||JR||London, England|
|14||Chey Christie||G||6-4||183||JR||Hartford, CT|
|20||Reed Long||F||6-5||210||FR||Piedmont, SC|
|21||Jimmy Hudson||G||6-4||190||FR||Eustis, FL|
|22||Shawan Robinson||G||6-2||183||SO||Raleigh, NC|
|33||Akin Akingbala||F||6-9||230||SO||Lagos, Nigeria|
|43||Chris Hobbs||F||6-7||260||SR||Chapel Hill, N.C.|
*Thanks to ClemsonTigers.com and GoPack.com for much of the information in this preview.