Tigers to Host Florida State Thursday in ACC Home Opener
CLEMSON (10-3, 1-0 ACC) vs. FLORIDA STATE (9-4, 0-1 ACC)
Tipoff: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: CTSN (Pete Yanity-pbp; Tim Bourret-color)
TV: RSN (Wes Durham-pbp; Cory Alexander-color)
- Clemson opened ACC play at Boston College with a 62-60 win, its first on the road to open league play since 2008-09.
- The Tigers meet the Seminoles in their home ACC opener Thursday; it is the third straight season the two have met for Clemson's first conference game at Littlejohn Coliseum.
- Both teams have played UMass; the Tigers lost 62-56 and the Seminoles handed UMass its only loss this season, 60-55.
CU Series W-L record: Florida State leads 34-28
Streak: Florida State has won the last four meetings
- Clemson held Boston College to 17 points in the first half, the fewest the Tigers allowed in a half to an ACC team since Georgia Tech (15) last season.
- Clemson and Florida State met three times last season and the Seminoles won all three games; all three were decided by five points or less.
- Brad Brownell's first win over a ranked team as Clemson's coach came in 2010-11 against No. 22 Florida State; his Tigers defeated the Seminoles 62-44 at Littlejohn Coliseum that season.
- Thursday's contest pits the top two shot-blocking teams in the ACC against one another; both have 88 blocks in 13 games so far this season, while Clemson is first (.351) and FSU second (.369) in field goal percentage defense.
- Rod Hall needs just four assists Thursday to reach 200 for his career. He would be the 29th player in Clemson history with at least 200 assists.
- Hall has compiled 25 assists against just three turnovers at home.
- K.J. McDaniels has a higher scoring average against Florida State (12.4 ppg) than he does against any other ACC opponent.