Date: December 15, 2015
Site: Greenville, S.C. (Bon Secours Wellness Arena)
Radio: SUNNY 103.5-FM
Announcers: Eric Thacker (PbP)/Price Atkinson (Color)
Live Stats: www.Clemsontigers.com
Series: Clemson leads 56-18-1
Last four meetings:
2012: CU 7, PC 44
2009: CU 84, PC 41
2008: CU 79, PC 58
2007: CU 74, PC 57
Last Game: Dec. 13, 2015 vs Alabama
L 51-50 in Greenville, S.C.
Head Coach: Brad Brownell
Career Record: 96-76 (6th year)
CU Record: 263-161 (14th year)
vs. PC: 1-0
Last Game: Dec. 7, 2015 vs Montreat
W 93-69 in Clinton, S.C.
Head Coach: Gregg Nibert
Career Record: 404-384 (27th year)
PC Record: 404-384 (27th year)
vs. Clemson: 0-4
The Blue Hose head to Greenville to take on ACC foe Clemson Tuesday evening ... The Tigers are playing their home games at Bon Secours Wellness Arena this season while Littlejohn Coliseum is undergoing renovations ... Clemson leads the overall series 56-18-1, with all but four contests occurring before PC made the transition to Division I ... The Tigers are 4-0 since 2007 ...
Clemson is 6-3 after a 51-50 loss against Alabama Dec. 13 ... The Tigers are led by Jaron Blossomgame with 17.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game ... Clemson is averaging 71.6 points and 36.7 rebounds per game and holding opponents to just 58.7 ppg ...
Leading a 4-5 Blue Hose team is DeSean Murray with a league-leading 21.6 ppg, followed by Ed Drew and Markus Terry with 10.1 ppg apiece ... Tops on the boards is Murray with 6.2 a game, with Drew close behind at 4.9 ... PC is averaging 77.3 points and 35.4 rebounds a game and are holding opponents to .427 from the field, while shooting .476 ...
The Blue Hose stepped out of conference play with a home game against Montreat Dec. 7 ... PC outscored the Cavaliers 55-37 in the second half to break open a close six-point game at half and take the 93-69 win ... The Blue Hose, which were led again by DeSean Murray with 25 points, recorded a PC Division I record 15 steals in the win ... PC dominated the paint, 52-24, and points off turnovers, 37-18, after Montreat had 22 TOs on the night ...
Should it hold the rest of the season, the 77.3 scoring average would be the highest in PC’s Division I history, almost 12 points higher than the 65.4 record in 2013-14 ... The current 47.6 field goal percentage is tops and is 1.2 higher than the 46.4 set in 2014-15 ... Rebounding is peaking as well at 35.4, 2.7 more than the previous record of 32.7 set in the 2008-09 season ... Assists are number one, 12.6 compared to 11.9 in 2012-13 ...
PC is strong in several Big South statistical categories so far this season, coming in at third in free throw pct. (.722), second in field goal pct. (.476), fourth in 3-pt field goal pct. defense (.313) and turnover margin (+0.7), and third in defensive rebounds pct. (.712) ... DeSean Murray is leads the league in scoring (21.6), second in field goal pct. (.654) and first in steals (2.2) ... as of 12/9/15 ...
DeSean Murray is 14th in the nation in field goal percentage (65.4), 9th in free throws made (58.0), 7th in free throw attempts (76.0), 17th in points per game (21.6), and 10th in total points (194.0) ... as of 12/10/15 ...
PC returns three of five starters from last season's team, not including Reggie Dillard, who sat out due to an injury ... Dillard was a starter in 29 of 30 games in 2013-14 ... Lost are Jordan Downing and Will Truss, who combined to score over 800 points last season (25.47 a game) ... Returning is DeSean Murray, who was second on the team on offense with 15.7 ppg ...
This season’s non-conference schedule includes four teams from the Southern Conference (Furman, The Citadel, VMI, and Wofford, and one team from the Atlantic Sun (USC Upstate), ACC (Clemson), A-10 (Richmond), and the Big East (Marquette) ...
Blue Hose games aren’t typically one-point decisions ... In almost 250 games since the team has played since moving to Division I in 2007, there have been just eight one-point games ... The Blue Hose hold a 5-3 mark after the USC Upstate 74-73 win Nov. 16, 2015 ...
PC, which finished last season 7-8 at home, its best since going 7-6 during 2013-14, looks to defend its 4-2 record this year when the Blue Hose host Piedmont Dec. 19 ...
DeSean Murray earned Big South Freshman of the Year honors this past season to become the first in PC’s Division I history to pick up the award ...
The Blue Hose went 3-14 on the road last year, the last win a 69-65 decision at UNC Asheville Feb. 12, 2015 ... The Liberty win Jan. 3, 2015 actually marked the first road win since Dec. 3, 2013, when PC took down Southern Conference foe UNCG, 87-66 ... The Blue Hose are 5-53 since the 2012-13 season and 24-127 since becoming a Division I member in 2007 ... The three road wins last season were the most since the team went 7-7 during the 2011-12 season ... PC has played three road games so far this season and is 0-3 ...
On tap for PC is a non-conference game against Piedmont slated for Dec. 19 ... That home game is set for 2 p.m. ... PC leads 20-2 in the overall series, dating back to the late 50s ... The Blue Hose have won the last 17 meetings, including an 82-72 decision Nov. 18, 2014 ...