Clemson hosts No. 16 FSU in key conference clash


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(USA TODAY Sports-Glen Bell)
(USA TODAY Sports-Glen Bell)

Clemson (15-10, 5-7 ACC) welcomes No. 16 Florida State (20-5, 8-4) for a 9 p.m. tip Tuesday with hopes of splitting the season series and gaining a big win for its postseason hopes.

The Tigers are coming off of back-to-back heartbreakers on the road, where they lost by a point each at Miami and previous No. 16 Louisville last week.

Florida State started 1-4 in conference play but a 77-68 win over Clemson on Jan. 22 was the start of a seven-game ACC winning streak.

The game will be televised on ESPNU, with Rece Davis, LaPhonso Ellis and Brooke Weisbrod on the call.

Projected lineups

Clemson

Ps. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. GP/GS PPG RPG APG MPG
G 2 Marcquise Reed 6-3 188 Gr. 22/21 18.6 5.4 3.1 34.2
G 4 Shelton Mitchell 6-4 200 Gr. 25/25 11.8 2.6 2.9 32.5
F 14 Elijah Thomas 6-9 245 Sr. 25/23 13.1 7.8 1.2 24.6
F 24 David Skara 6-8 213 Gr. 25/25 7.3 4.2 1.6 30.4
F 25 Aamir Simms 6-7 248 So. 25/25 8.8 4.6 0.8 27.9

Florida State

Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. GP/GS PPG RPG APG MPG
G 3 Trent Forrest 6-4 210 Jr. 25/25 8.9 4.7 3.9 29.9
G 5 PJ Savoy 6-4 210 Sr. 25/17 7.0 1.7 0.6 17.7
G 14 Terance Mann 6-7 215 Sr. 25/24 11.8 6.6 2.2 30.6
G 23 M.J. Walker 6-5 213 So. 23/23 7.9 2.0 1.8 26.0
C 21 Christ Koumadje 7-4 268 Sr. 25/25 6.6 5.7 0.3 16.2

Clemson basketball notes

• The Tigers will look to split the season series with the Seminoles and get back on track in league play.
• Clemson ranks third in the ACC in scoring defense (63.8 points allowed per game) and second in conference
games (61.4).
• According to KenPom, Clemson’s adjusted defensive efficiency now ranks 13th in the country (91.9).
• The Tigers’ head man will also look for his 165th career victory at Clemson. He is currently just 13 shy of tying
Cliff Ellis for the most in program history (177).
• Elijah Thomas is one of just four guys in the country to average at least 13.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 blocks
and shoot at least 60.0 percent from the field.
• Thomas is 10th in program history with 160 career blocks at Clemson and also stands fourth in Clemson history with a 1.90 blocks per game average.
• Thomas is approaching both 900 career points (880) and 600 career rebounds (579) in a Clemson uniform. He
would become the 21st player in program history to achieve that feat.
• In addition, Thomas would be one of just seven in program history to amass 900 points, 600 rebounds and 150 blocks.
• Marcquise Reed stands 22nd on the all-time scoring list. Reed now has 1,291 points in his Clemson career.
• Shelton Mitchell joined the ranks of the all-time leading scorers in Clemson history and now has 1,013 points
and sits 41st all time.

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