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Titans versus Clemson

Postby NC Titan » Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:37 am

The NCAA denied Clemson’s request to have Fordham transfer guard Nick Honor play for the Tigers this season. Honor, a 5-foot-10 guard from Orlando, Florida, led Fordham at 15.3 points a game last season and made the Atlantic 10’s all-rookie team.
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Re: Titans versus Clemson

Postby Commissioner » Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:38 pm

Clemson Preview

When: Sunday, November 17, 3:00 p.m.
Where: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, SC
TV: ESPN ACC Extra
Radio: AM 910 Superstation

Detroit and Clemson have each fielded basketball teams for over 100 years, but never have the two schools met on the court. From the Titan perspective, this may be about as good a year as any to start. After a disappointing 2019, in which the Tigers opened the season ranked #22 in the country and ended it by losing at home in the NIT, Clemson is rebuilding and generally projected to finish near the bottom of the ACC. The Tigers lost their season opener, at home, to another lowly ranked ACC team, Virginia Tech (why is the ACC opening the year with conference games?), and since have beaten a pair of mid-majors from conferences generally ranked below the Horizon: Presbyterian and Colgate. The Blue Hose are generally picked for the bottom of the Big South conference, but Colgate, coming off a school-record 24 win season with an NCAA berth, is the preseason favorite in the Patriot League. Like the Titans, Clemson has been off since last Sunday.

Clemson's best player is 6-6 swingman Tevin Mack, a grad transfer with stints at both Texas and Alabama. Mack was Shaka Smart's first recruit at Texas, having previously committed to Smart at VCU and then following him to UT. After playing in 33 games for Texas as a freshman, Mack was benched for the season opener the next year due to a violation of team rules. Later he was briefly suspended for an undisclosed reason. And finally, in January, with Mack leading the Longhorns in scoring at 14.8 ppg, Smart booted from the team for good. The exact reason ain't clear, but Smart, who seems to be one of the sport's good guys, said at the time, "I really didn’t have a choice. For the long term growth of our program and where we are trying to get to culture-wise it was really not much of a choice." Unfortunately for the Titans, Mack can still play ball. He leads Clemson in scoring at 13.7 ppg, and has hit on 41% of his three point attempts.

Clemson starts 2 freshman guards with Mack: 6-2 Al-Amir Dawes (10.3 ppg); and 6-3 Chase Hunter (10.0 ppg). A big guard/small forward, 6-5 soph Jon Newman III (13.3 ppg), can help out in the backcourt. The lone true big is 6-9 junior Ahmir Simms (8.0 ppg, 10.3 rpg). First man off the bench is 6-4 Curran Scott, a grad transfer from Tulsa. All of these guys, including Simms, can shoot the three, although so far they haven't shot well this year. The team is hitting just 32.5% of its attempts, despite Mack's 40% plus with the most attempts on the team. Those six are the core, but Brownell's bench has gone 9 deep in these early games. Hunter Tyson and Khevon Moore are 6-8 sophs who spell Mack and sometimes Newman or Simms. Another freshman, Alex Hemenway, backs up the guards. Trey Jemison, a 7-0 sophomore center, should also see the floor for a minutes, and could see major playing time if he produces against the smaller Titans.

As befits a guard-oriented team, the Tigers rely more on three point shooting than most teams, and don't turn it over much, despite having a very young back court. But are not a particularly good rebounding club. In most respects, Clemson is just sort of average. They play at about an average tempo, and are a bit above average in offensive efficiency. Their shooting percentages are about average; their opponents shooting percentages have been about average. Defense is the strength of the team. When they don't hit their threes, it can be a problem for the Tigers, made worse by their relatively weak showing on the boards so far.

The Titans are the underdogs, but Clemson is not an ACC powerhouse. We could notch a very nice road win if we play well and hit some shots. Back in our heyday, the Titans almost never played ACC teams, so we actually don't have much history against the conference. That said, the Titans have not beaten a current member of the ACC since knocking off Notre Dame in 1993. But Notre Dame was an independent back then. We also own victories over Boston College, Louisville, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, and Pittsburgh over the years. But we have never beaten a team that was an ACC member at the time the game was played--our record is 0-14 when playing ACC members, including last week's loss to NC State.

Probable Starters
PG - Al-Amir Dawes, 6-2 Fr. (10.3 ppg, 2.3 apg, 25.0% 3Pt)
SG - Chase Hunter, 6-3 Fr. (10.0 ppg, 2.3 apg, 33.3% 3Pt)
SF - Jon Newman III, 6-5 Soph. (13.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.7 apg, 33.3% 3 Pt)
F - Tevin Mack, 6-7 RS Sr. (13.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 41.2% 3Pt 2.0 spg)
F - Ahmir Simms, 6-9 Jr. (8.0 ppg, 10.3 rpg)

Key Reserves
G - Curran Scott, 6-4 RS Sr. (7.7 ppg, 37.5% 3Pt)
G - Alex Hemenway, 6-3 Fr. (4.5 ppg)
F - Khevon Moore, 6-8 Soph. (1.3 ppg)
C - Trey Jameson, 7-0 Soph. (1.3 ppg)
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Re: Titans versus Clemson

Postby Rogobob77 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:46 am

Game preview from DetroitTitans.com:

https://detroittitans.com/news/2019/11/ ... px?sfns=mo
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Re: Titans versus Clemson

Postby Rogobob77 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:04 pm

Game thread from a Clemson message board:

https://www.tigernet.com/forum/thread/C ... 5&tstart=0
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Re: Titans versus Clemson

Postby Living in Carolina » Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:21 pm

ACC is playing conference games to start the season due to the launch of the ACC Network. Idea is to provide early programming of interest to spur ad dollars and leverage for cable / satelite providers to add the ACC network into lineup along Big Ten, SEC, Pac 12 and Big 12.
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Re: Titans versus Clemson

Postby 1975SHjoe » Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:47 am

Another big challenge for the Titans as the morning line is Clemson -16 and O/U 143.5
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Re: Titans versus Clemson

Postby titanmac » Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:42 pm

was an interesting game to watch. we played well and stayed in the game against a more athletic team. it looked, unlike the nc state game, like the game was closer than the score. had the feeling that if the shots had been dropping it could have ended differently. they weren't killing us defensively for the most part. and, we were tough on the boards, getting a lot of second chances. turnovers killed us. davis can't turn the ball over 10 times. and miller has to convert in the paint. the good news is between them they got to the line 16 times. thats a big difference from last year when the no calls on davis came early and often. brandon played well at times too. when is isiani going to show up? overall there was a lot to like and a lot of slop that should be correctable. we'll see i guess.
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