|South Carolina Basketball Review|
|by Mickey Plyler - Radio Host - Monday, December 3, 2012 11:18 AM||
South Carolina BB Review
Sunday afternoon's 64-55 win over South Carolina in Columbia in basketball was not a Fugo de Chao classic. It was not Ruth's Chris either. It was not the full rack of ribs at Sardis or a grilled cheeseburger at Mac's Drive In. But it sure tasted good.
I know many of you are not basketball fans. That is apparent to me after seeing attendance at Clemson basketball games through the years. But even for those Tiger fans that don't care about basketball, Sunday had to feel a little better. For those fans it may have only been the dollar menu, but when you are hungry, sometimes the dollar menu is pretty good.
Many of us Clemson fans have sat around and watched South Carolina beat us four straight years in football. We saw the Gamecocks beat us two straight years in basketball and also have witnessed them take control of the baseball rivalry.
Those things are unacceptable and inexcusable. It does not make up for any loss to South Carolina, bit for those of us that were starving, Sunday's win tasted pretty good.
The Tigers are the better team but they were the better team last year and got beat at home. Clemson took the basketball rivalry back yesterday in a building where the Tigers are now 4-1.
Yesterday was not only exactly what the fans needed, it was exactly what this team needed. The Tigers were coming off of a disappointing loss to Purdue at home and were in the second game of a two game suspension to Milton JenningsMilton Jennings
#24 6-9, 225
View Full Profile. Brad BrownellBrad Brownell
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Sunday was nice because Clemson jumped out to a big lead early and came from behind for a big lead late. In my mind, Clemson was the better team and at no point in the game did I think South Carolina would win.
The game was another example of why I think Brownell and his staff are the best we have had at Clemson. The best attribute Brownell and his staff possess is player development and that showed yesterday. Rod HallRod Hall
#4 6-1, 210
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K.J. McDanielsK.J. McDaniels
#32 6-6, 200
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Devin BookerDevin Booker
#31 6-8, 250
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Brownell will now get back Jennings as his club has the week off to prepare for ninth-ranked Arizona who visited Clemson Saturday night at 8 PM. The Tigers will then have another week off for exams before four more non-conference tilts in December.
The ACC looks top heavy once again with Duke, North Carolina and NC State among the best teams in the country. But several schools in the league have issues. Florida State has three losses including South Alabama and Mercer. Boston College has four losses including one to Bryant College. Virginia has losses to George Mason and Delaware.
Through the first seven games this season I can get excited about McDaniels, Hall, Booker and Harrison. Adonis FilerAdonis Filer
#3 6-2, 190
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#20 5-11, 165
View Full Profile has a good offensive skill set and will get better with strength and conditioning. The two big men, Josh SmithJosh Smith
#33 6-8, 260
View Full Profile and Landry NnokoLandry Nnoko
#35 6-10, 245
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#5 6-7, 205
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#15 6-2, 200
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To me this season may come down to players and their dependability. So far Booker has been dependable. Jennings is a mystery. What they get from him every night is question I can't answer. T.J. SappT.J. Sapp
#1 6-3, 195
Fort Lauderdale, FL
View Full Profile is struggling with his shot and his confidence but this team needs more from him. Finally, I think it will be important for Bernard SullivanBernard Sullivan
#22 6-7, 230
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There may be more questions after the Arizona game and future ACC road games, but after Sunday, that dollar menu win tasted pretty good for us starving Tiger fans.
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