Can The Tigers Shoot Down The Cards?
Clemson has date in Freedom Hall against Louisville in the second round of the NIT on Monday night. The Tigers will have a chance to become the eighth team in Clemson history to win 20-games.
Taquan Dean and Juan Palacios lead the attack for Louisville. The 6-3 Dean is one of the most clutch performers in college basketball. Cliff Hammonds will likely draw Dean, and Hammonds defense will play a big part in any hopes of a Clemson upset.
Dean can you take off the bounce and shoot the three, so Hammonds will have his hands full with him.
Palacios is 6-10, but he likes to stay on the perimeter. It will be interesting to watch how Clemson defends Palacios. The Tigers could go in a couple of directions. The first option will be Julius Powell. Powell has the chance to defend Palacios on the perimeter.
The second option could be Sam Perry. Perry is a workhorse defensively, and his aggressive play could frustrate Palacios.
The Tigers will need a better shooting performance from Shawan Robinson to win on Monday night. Robinson will need to return to his late season form to pick up the Tigers scoring. If he is hitting from the perimeter, it will open up passing lanes for Akin Akingbala.
The Cardinals will be without the services of center David Padgett. The Cardinals will look to extend the pressure defensively on Clemson and deny low post opportunities for Akingbala.
Rick Pitino teams are always known for defensive pressure, so Clemson will have to take care of the basketball Monday evening to pull of the upset in Freedom Hall.