Clemson hosts Syracuse for Senior Day Saturday


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Marcquise Reed is one of five Tigers to be honored Saturday. (USA TODAY Sports-Matt Cashore)
Marcquise Reed is one of five Tigers to be honored Saturday. (USA TODAY Sports-Matt Cashore)

Clemson (18-12, 8-9 ACC) wraps its ACC regular season on Saturday at noon versus Syracuse (19-11, 10-7) in Littlejohn Coliseum.

The game will be televised by CBS, with Carter Blackburn and Pete Gillen on the call.

Brad Brownell's Tigers are playing for a spot in the NCAA Tournament and are listed on the last four in by both ESPN and CBS Sports.

Clemson has five Tigers listed as seniors or graduates to be honored in forwards Elijah Thomas and David Skara and guards Shelton Mitchell, Marcquise Reed and Lyles Davis.

Clemson starters

Pos. No. Ht. Wt. Yr. GP/GS PPG RPG APG MPG
G 2 Marcquise Reed 6-3 188 Gr. 27/26 19.3 5.4 3.0 34.9
G 4 Shelton Mitchell 6-4 200 Gr. 30/30 11.7 2.6 3.0 32.7
F 14 Elijah Thomas 6-9 245 Sr. 30/28 13.2 7.9 1.4 25.5
F 24 David Skara 6-8 213 Gr. 29/28 7.4 4.1 1.7 30.8
F 25 Aamir Simms 6-7 248 So. 30/30 8.3 4.6 0.9 26.9

Syracuse starters

Pos. No. Ht. Wt. Yr. GP/GS PPG RPG APG MPG
G 23 Frank Howard 6-5 205 Sr. 26/26 8.0 1.9 3.0 25.2
G 25 Tyus Battle 6-6 205 Jr. 30/30 17.5 3.3 2.5 35.0
F 11 Oshae Brissett 6-8 210 So. 30/30 12.5 7.6 1.8 32.8
F 33 Elijah Hughes 6-6 215 Jr. 30/30 13.8 4.4 1.4 31.3
C 13 Paschal Chukwu 7-2 228 Sr. 29/24 4.3 5.5 0.2 21.1

Clemson basketball notes

• Clemson will look to split its season series with Syracuse in the regular season finale. The Tigers won its second consecutive game against Notre Dame in their all-time series with the Fighting Irish on March 6.
• Clemson ranks third in the ACC in scoring defense (64.3 points allowed per game) and second in conference games (63.0).
• According to KenPom, Clemson’s adjusted defensive efficiency now ranks 10th in the country (91.5).
• Brad Brownell won his 167th career game at Clemson with a 64-62 win at Notre Dame. He is currently just 10 shy of tying Cliff Ellis for the most in program history (177).
• Aamir Simms was named to the 2018-19 All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball Team on Friday, March 8.
• Marcquise Reed is one just two guys in the country to average at least 19.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game this season.
• Reed jumped into 15th on the all-time scoring list. Reed now has 1,402 points in his Clemson career. His performance against UNC pushed him over 1,900 career points (1,931). He could become the 19th active player to amass 2,000 career points in NCAA Division I.
• Reed currently has 520 points this season and is on the cusp of yet again joining some of the biggest single-season scoring totals in program history. Reed’s 553 last season sits 14th. He needs one point to crack the top-20.
• Elijah Thomas surpassed 600 career rebounds in his time at Clemson and became just the seventh player in program history to amass 900 points, 600 rebounds and 150 blocks. With 622 career rebounds – Thomas is tied for 21st all-time in Tiger history.

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