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Early Season Tests Continue

Posted: December 2, 2009 by Doctor A in Basketball
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The Tigers are set to play the Illinois Fighting Illini on ESPN. This game set to tip-off at 7:15 EST as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, which is currently tied at three games apiece.

The Tigers come into the game following an emotional win in the 76 Classic Sunday. While the Tigers showed great poise in Anaheim, there are areas in which they will need to improve should they expect to win tonight. This contest will have great inside matchups as Trevor Booker and company try to contend with 6-9 Forward Mike Davis and 7-1 Center Mike Tisdale, both averaging double figure points per game. Look for the junior Davis to play most of the game as he is clearly this team’s interior leader averaging a double-double in points and rebounds.

Offensively, the Tigers must work the ball inside to draw fouls and create open shots from the perimeter for Potter, Smith, and Young.  The inside-out movement of the ball will be critical if the Tigers want to succeed in the half court offense. Trevor Booker, Tanner Smith, and David Potter have been leading the way for the Tigers on offense, all shooting over fifty percent from the field.

Illinois Guard Demetri McCamey will look to help his team break the Tiger press averaging six assists per game as well as a handful of points. Coach Purnell showed on Sunday he was willing to come out of the press but will continue to put pressure on teams with the half court trap. Littlejohn Coliseum will be alive once again as the Tigers face their toughest home game of the season thus far. Tune in to ESPN at 7:15 for full coverage.

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Trip to Anaheim Wise Decision

Posted: December 1, 2009 by Doctor A in Basketball
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The Clemson Tigers trip to Anaheim was a noteworthy move by Oliver Purnell that will pay off when NCAA Tournament time rolls around. The 76 Classic, hosted by ESPN U and the Big West conference was full of talent. The Tigers made it through the tournament 2-1 with wins against Long Beach State and Butler. Despite a loss to a solid Texas A&M team, this was a successful tournament for the Tigers.

Over the past few years, Clemson has been criticized for their lack of quality opponents in November even though they play quality opponents throughout the ACC during the regular season. The 76 Classic gave the Tigers a chance to make their statement on a national level and they succeeded. They proved that they could compete on a high level, with teams outside of the ACC. Although there were growing pains for this young team, the Tigers bounced back with back to back wins against Long Beach State and a Butler program ranked 10th. Demontez Stitt showed the type of poise the Tigers will have to have if they plan on being successful in March.

The Tigers now come back to their home site where they will host their final two out of conference games against Illinois and South Carolina. Check back tomorrow for a pre-game breakdown of what adjustments the Tigers must make if they want to keep their momentum from Anaheim. The Tigers and the Illini are set to tip off at 7:15 Wednesday evening. ESPN coverage is available.