Basketball breakdown: Where Clemson, the ACC stands a month in

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Clemson's Milton Jennings, left, drives around Arizona's Grant Jerrett in an NCAA college basketball game at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C. on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012.

Photo by Mark Crammer

Clemson's Milton Jennings, left, drives around Arizona's Grant Jerrett in an NCAA college basketball game at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C. on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012.

If you’re just getting to basketball or want a closer look, here’s the resumes built so far in the ACC, and a closer statistical breakdown of the Tigers.

Clemson Tigers – 5-3

Top-50 RPI Wins: 0 (Led at the half or in the second half on top-20 Arizona and Gonzaga, home and neutral site respectively – ended up losing by 10 per game).

Top-100 RPI Wins: 0

101-199 RPI Losses: 0

Top-200+ RPI Losses: 1 (Oddly enough, Purdue, 73-61 at home).

Current RPI/SOS: 134/142.

Key Contributor Notes: Sophomore swing-man K.J. McDaniels has made the biggest leap of a big ’11 recruiting class for the Tigers, averaging 12 points, 5 boards and is second only to a 7-footer (Maryland’s Alex Len) in blocks per game (2.5) in the ACC. The lone upperclassmen, forwards Devin Booker and Milton Jennings, are also averaging double-figures and at least 5 rebounds per.

Interesting stats: 3-pointers - McDaniels leads the team with 11 3-pointers, making up almost 27 percent of the Tigers’ perimeter shots made. He had seven all last season, making up less than five percent of the total. Jennings leads in 3-point percentage, at 52.6, hitting 10-of-19 in six games. Overall, Clemson is 277th in 3’s made (41), but also 313th in 3’s attempted (117). Steals - Clemson’s forwards are leading the way in steals, with Jennings seventh in the ACC in steals per game (1.7) and McDaniels topping the team with 12 total. The Tigers are 214th in steals per game (6.6). Free Throws - Clemson is 10th in the ACC in free throw shooting percentage, with two shooting over 70 percent with a minimum of 10 attempts (Jennings – 73.3; McDaniels – 73.1). Blocks - There aren’t many categories where the Tigers are not in triple digits nationally, but thanks to McDaniels and co. in the paint, they are 11th in block percentage (11.8).

Clemson/Florida A&M by the numbers

Categories Clemson (5-3) Florida A&M (4-6)
PPG 63.1 74.2
PPG Allowed 55.2 76.3
FG% 44.1 43.1
3PT% 35 31.9
RPG 32.9 37.4
eFG% 49 47.7
Turnover % (Amount per 100 plays) 16.4 20.2
Free throw rate (FT attempts/FG attempts) 35.5 35.5

A look at the ACC…

Duke Blue Devils – 9-0

Top-50 RPI Wins: 6

Top-100 RPI Wins: 7 (Neutral site wins over Kentucky, Minnesota, Louisville and Temple – beat Ohio State at home, 73-68).

101-199 RPI Losses: 0

Top-200+ RPI Losses: 0

Key Contributor Notes: Mason Plumlee is averaging a double-double (19.2 PPG/11.3 RPG), in a starting-five all averaging double-figures. Freshman guard Rasheed Suliamon has been particularly impressive (12.3 PPG).

Maryland Terrapins – 9-1

Top-50 RPI Wins: 0

Top-100 RPI Wins: 2 (By 20 at Northwestern, 69-62 over Georgia Mason at neutral site).

101-199 RPI Losses: 0

Top-200+ RPI Losses: 0

Key Contributor Notes: The light bulb is has turned on for center Alex Len in year two, averaging 13.9 points and 8.8 rebounds per game to lead the Terps. Xavier transfer/surprise NCAA waivered Dez Wells ranks second in scoring on Maryland, at 12.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per.

Virginia Tech Hokies – 8-1

Top-50 RPI Wins: 1

Top-100 RPI Wins: 2 (Both at home, 95-79 over Iowa and 81-71 over Oklahoma State).

101-199 RPI Losses: 0

Top-200+ RPI Losses: 0

Key Contributor Notes: Former VT assistant (and Clemson assistant for a week) James Johnson has turned his Hokies loose offensively, at 9th nationally in points per game, with guard Erick Green leading the show (24.4 PPG/5 APG). Fellow upperclassmen Jarell Eddie has upped his production as well, at 14.8 PPG/7.1 RPG.

Tough OOC Remaining: at BYU, Dec. 29.

NC State Wolfpack – 6-2

Top-50 RPI Wins: 1 (Two top-50 losses, by 7 at Michigan and by 20 to Oklahoma State at a neutral site).

Top-100 RPI Wins: 2

101-199 RPI Losses: 0

Top-200+ RPI Losses: 0

Key Contributor Notes: Preseason ACC Player of the Year C.J. Leslie is currently third on State in points (13.1) and second in rebounds a game (8.3), with fellow forward Richard Howell’s outstanding start (14.4 PPG/8.4 RPG). Frosh T.J. Warren is also making an impact (13.8 PPG).

Tough OOC Remaining: Stanford, Dec. 18.

Miami Hurricanes – 5-1

Top-50 RPI Wins: 0

Top-100 RPI Wins: 2 (Topped Michigan State 67-59 at home).

101-199 RPI Losses: 0

Top-200+ RPI Losses: 0

Key Contributor Notes: Transfer Shane Larkin is lighting it up, scoring 16.3 points and dishing 3.7 assists per game, while senior Durand Scott is right there at 15 points per.

Tough OOC Remaining: at UCF, Dec. 14; Charlotte, Dec. 18.

Virginia Cavaliers – 8-2

Top-50 RPI Wins: 0

Top-100 RPI Wins: 1

101-199 RPI Losses: 1 (In the 50+ RPI win range, they’ve won seven-straight by 19 points per game now).

Top-200+ RPI Losses: 0

Key Contributor Notes: With guard Jontel Evans still working his way back from injury (limited playing time in the last couple games), juniors Joe Harris (14.8 PPG/4.3 RPG) and Akil Mitchell (13.4 PPG/9.2 RPG) have picked up the slack.

North Carolina Tar Heels – 7-2

Top-50 RPI Wins: 0 (Two top-15 losses, 82-71 to Butler at a neutral site and 83-59 at Indiana).

Top-100 RPI Wins: 0

101-199 RPI Losses: 0

Top-200+ RPI Losses: 0

Key Contributor Notes: James Michael McAdoo leads a group of four scoring double-figures, at 15 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.

Tough OOC Remaining: Texas, Dec. 19.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – 6-2

Top-50 RPI Wins: 0

Top-100 RPI Wins: 0

101-199 RPI Losses: 0

Top-200+ RPI Losses: 0

Key Contributor Notes: Frosh Marcus Georges-Hunt is atop the Jackets in scoring (11.8 PPG), while senior guard Mfon Udofia is the only other player in double-figures (10 PPG). Eight players are averaging double-figure minutes for Georgia Tech.

Florida State Seminoles – 5-4

Top-50 RPI Wins: 0 (Both at home, FSU lost 74-47 to Florida, currently No. 4 in RPI, and 77-68 to Minnesota, currently No. 8).

Top-100 RPI Wins: 2

101-199 RPI Losses: 0

Top-200+ RPI Losses: 2 (Both at home as well, 76-71 to South Alabama and 61-56 to Mercer).

Key Contributor Notes: While the ‘Noles have been up-and-down, Michael Snaer leads the way, at 14.2 points and hitting over 40 percent from 3.

Tough OOC Remaining: At Charlotte, Dec. 22; Tulsa at neutral site, Dec. 29.

Boston College Eagles – 4-5

Top-50 RPI Wins: 0

Top-100 RPI Wins: 0

101-199 RPI Losses: 2 (Home losses to Bryant and Harvard).

Top-200+ RPI Losses: 0

Key Contributor Notes: Forward Ryan Anderson is having a monster sophomore campaign, at 14.3 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Frosh guard Olivier Hanlan is also making an impact (12.7 PPG/2.2 APG).

Tough OOC Remaining: Providence, Dec. 22.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons – 4-5

Top-50 RPI Wins: 0

Top-100 RPI Wins: 0 (Lost by 4 points per in three top-100 losses).

101-199 RPI Losses: 1

Top-200+ RPI Losses: 1 (Lost by 21 per in two 100+ RPI losses).

Key Contributor Notes: Upperclassmen C.J. Harris and Travis McKie, not surprisingly, are atop the group at 13.9 and 13.3 points respectively.

Tough OOC Remaining: Xavier, Jan. 2.

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Bigboots writes:

So, on paper at least, it would appear that Duke is doing better than Clemson in basketball this year. I crunched the numbers.

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