Game: Clemson (4-17, 0-8 ACC) vs. #23 Syracuse (16-6, 6-3 ACC)
Date: Thursday February 4, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Location: Carrier Dome (Syracuse, NY)
Television: Time Warner Cable
No. 23 ranked Syracuse is coming off a 57-51 road win against No. 16 Miami on Monday night. Junior guard Alexis Peterson led the way with 16 points.
Syracuse started the game on a 14-0 run against the Hurricanes. The Orange maintained the lead until 2:07 in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter the Orange showed poise and composure. The score was tied three times in the final quarter of the game.
Junior center Briana Day grabbed a key offensive board and converted for two points, and the Orange had 6 free throws down the stretch, four of them by Peterson.
Peterson was named to the mid-season watch list for the 2016 Dawn Staley Award, which is presented annually to the top collegiate guard.
The Orange will have steam of beating a top ranked team in their favor coming into this game. They will need to start the game strong and get a good lead. The Tigers squad is tall so the Orange will need to box out and rebound, especially the guards.
The Clemson Tigers are a very young team with only one junior, center Paige Mosley. The rest of the team are freshmen and sophomores. So far this season the Tigers haven’t won any games in ACC competition so Clemson will be hungry for a win. Last season the Orange beat the Tigers 60-55. The Tigers sophomore forward Nelly Perry is the team’s leading scorer with 14.8 points per game.
The Tigers aren’t a very strong shooting team. Clemson’s three-point shooting is only 24 percent from beyond the arc, field goal shooting percentage is 35 percent, and they are 60 percent from the line. Due to their weak shooting on paper the Orange might find it advantageous to use a zone defense.