Clemson managed to shake off a slow start to ACC play and recover from a brutal stretch of opening league games that included the likes of Louisville, North Carolina and Virginia. Tomorrow they play Boston College at Littlejohn Coliseum with some momentum working in their favor, winners of three of the past four. A win over the Eagles tomorrow will put the Tigers above .500 in the ACC for the first time this season.
Game notes from Clemson SID:
Clemson (12-8, 4-4 ACC) vs. Boston College (9-10, 1-6 ACC)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 31
Tipoff: 12 p.m. ET
Arena: Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)
Radio: CTSN (Tony Castricone-pbp; Tim Bourret-color)
TV: ACC Network (Wes Durham-pbp; Mike Gminski-color)
- Clemson meets Boston College for the 19th time in the series, with the Tigers holding an 11-7 edge overall.
- The Tigers are coming off their second ACC road win of the season, 68-57 at NC State.
- This weekend serves as the program’s alumni reunion, where the 1979-80 Elite Eight (35 years) and 1989-90 ACC championship (25 years) teams will be honored.
- Faculty and staff receive free admission to Saturday’s game and can purchase additional tickets for only $10, redeemable at the Littlejohn box office.
- The first 500 Clemson students through the doors receive a free hot chocolate.
- Saturday is also IPTAY Day, and Clemson’s longtime fundraising arm will be celebrated.
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- Nearly 100 former players, coaches and managers are expected for alumni reunion weekend, including four of the program’s seven first-round NBA Draft selections — Elden Campbell, Dale Davis, Larry Nance and Sharone Wright.
- In the win at NC State, the Tigers led by 20 points at halftime and won on Tobacco Road by double digits for just the fifth time in 180 games.
- The Tiger bench outscored the Wolfpack 14-12, and Clemson is now 7-1 on the season when its bench outscores the opponent’s.
- Clemson’s last two opponents — Wake Forest and NC State — have shot season-low field goal percentages against the Tiger defense.
- Jordan Roper led the Tigers in scoring at NC State, a first this season for the Tiger junior. He produced 18 points, his high total against a league opponent since also scoring 18 in the ACC Tournament against Florida State in 2013.
- Landry Nnoko reached double figues in the scoring column at NC State, his first since a Dec. 22 game against Oakland.