Clemson basketball preview vs. Louisville


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GAME SETUP

CLEMSON (9-6, 2-1 ACC) vs. No. 16 Louisville (13-2, 2-0 ACC)
Date: Sunday, January 10
Tipoff: 12 p.m. ET
Arena: Bon Secours Wellness Arena (14,987)
Radio: CTSN (Tony Castricone-pbp; Philip Sikes-color)
TV: RSN (Bob Rathbun-pbp; Mike Gminski-color)

• Clemson has picked up two ACC wins to start the new year. After dropping the opener at North Carolina on December 30, the Tigers have beaten Florida State and Syracuse (on the road) over the last two games.

• Sunday’s game starts a string of five straight versus teams currently ranked in the top 25 — Louisville, Duke, Miami, Virginia and Pittsburgh.

• Brad Brownell is one win shy of 100 as Clemson’s coach. He would be the fifth coach in school history to achieve 100 wins with the Tigers.

SERIES HISTORY

CU Series W-L record: Louisville leads 4-0

Streak: Louisville has won all four previous meetings

TIGER TRACKS

• Clemson takes on the No. 16 Cardinals on Sunday, and the Tigers are still in search of their first win as a program over Louisville, although last season’s 58-52 loss in the KFC Yum! Center was the first meeting of the two as ACC foes.

• The Tiger program has posted wins over coaches currently in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame each of the past two seasons. In 2013-14, Clemson beat Mike Krzyzewski and Duke, 72-59, and last season the Tigers downed Jim Boeheim’s Syracuse team, 66-53. Louisville coach Rick Pitino was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013.

• Clemson defeated Syracuse in overtime, 74-73. It was the Tigers’ first overtime win against an ACC foe on the road since Feb. 14, 1987 at Virginia.

Landry Nnoko tied a career-high with 19 points and produced his first double-double of the season Tuesday by adding 10 rebounds.

• Sunday’s game will serve as Military Appreciation Day. Veterans and active military personnel will be honored during pregame, halftime and timeout ceremonies.


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