Clemson vs. South Carolina Preview


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GAME SETUP

CLEMSON (7-3) vs. No. 25 South Carolina (9-0)

Date: Friday, December 18

Tipoff: 7 p.m. ET

Arena: Bon Secours Wellness Arena (14,987)

Radio: CTSN (Tony Castricone-pbp; Tim Bourret-color)

Web: ESPN3 (Roy Philpott-pbp; Nate Ross-color)

• Clemson and South Carolina renew the rivalry on the hardwood Friday in Bon Secours Wellness Arena; it marks the first time the game has been played outside of either Clemson or Columbia since the 1970 ACC Tournament in Charlotte, N.C.

• Friday’s game is the latest in the Certified SC Grown Palmetto Series, where the two schools are knotted at five wins apiece.

TICKETS

• Available for purchase at ClemsonTigers.com, BonSecoursArena.com or by phone at 1-800-CLEMSON

SERIES HISTORY

CU Series W-L record: South Carolina leads 89-76

Streak: South Carolina won the most recent meeting

TIGER TRACKS

• This is the first time the Tigers have faced a ranked South Carolina team since Dec. 17, 1997, when Clemson upset the sixth-ranked Gamecocks at home despite playing without injured point guard Terrell McIntyre.

• Rebounding will play a critical factor in deciding Friday’s game. The Gamecocks are +10.3 per game on the boards, while the Tigers are 7-0 when out-rebounding the opposition this season. Clemson is coming off its biggest advantage of the season, +21 over Presbyterian.

• Senior guard Jordan Roper earned his undergraduate degree Thursday in Bon Secours Wellness Arena, the site of Friday’s game. Roper graduated in three and a half years and will be the first Clemson player to compete with a degree in hand since both Bryan Narcisse and Tanner Smith did it in 2011-12.

Sidy Djitte, who has started the past two games at center for Clemson, is coming off his second double-double of the season. He posted a career-high 13 rebounds in the win over Presbyterian on Tuesday.

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