Clemson travels to Columbia for Rivalry Showdown


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The Tigers playing the Gamecocks back in 2012. (T.J. Sapp and Bruce Ellington)

GAME SETUP
Clemson (6-3) vs. South Carolina (5-3)
Date: Friday, Dec. 19
Tipoff: 7:02 p.m. ET
Arena: Colonial Life Arena (18,000)
Radio: CTSN (Tony Castricone-pbp; Tim Bourret-color)
TV: SEC Network (Mike Morgan-pbp; Will Perdue-color)
• Clemson has won two straight in the series over South Carolina, including 64-55 in Columbia two years ago.
• This is Clemson’s third straight game against an SEC opponent; the Tigers are 3-0 this season vs. the SEC, with wins over Arkansas, Auburn and LSU.
• Clemson last defeated four SEC teams in the same season in 2006-07 (Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina).

SERIES HISTORY
CU Series W-L record: South Carolina leads 88-76
Streak: Clemson has won the past two meetings

QUICK HITS
• Clemson is in search of its third top-100 RPI win on the young season, with wins in the bag already over Arkansas (14th) and LSU (15th). The Gamecocks are 95th in the unofficial RPI according to WarrenNolan.com.
• Friday’s game is Clemson’s first true road contest of the 2014-15 season. It is the latest calendar date for a first road game in a season since 1991-92, when the Tigers’ first road game was Jan. 9.
• Friday’s game is a Homecoming for two Tigers from the Columbia area — Austin AjukwaAustin Ajukwa
So. Guard
#1 6-6, 205
Columbia, SC

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(Cardinal Newman HS) and Jordan RoperJordan Roper
Jr. Guard
#20 6-0, 165
Columbia, SC

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(Irmo HS).
Rod HallRod Hall
Sr. Guard
#12 6-1, 205
Augusta, GA

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is averaging 17.7 points per game and shooting 60 percent from the floor against teams from the SEC this season.
Donte GranthamDonte Grantham
Fr. Forward
#15 6-8, 205
Martinsburg, WV

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posted four blocks and four steals in the 72-61 win over Auburn last time out. He is just the sixth player in school history to achieve at least four of both in the same game.
Landry NnokoLandry Nnoko
Jr. Center
#35 6-10, 255
Montverde, FL

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needs one block to reach 100 for his career.

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