Brownell's Tigers looking for another shut-down performance vs. S.C. State

Clemson leads the nation in scoring defense, ranks second in field goal percentage defense

Clemson's K.J. McDaniels, center, and Rod Hall, right, reach for a loose ball in front of Coastal Carolina's Warren Gillis during their NCAA college basketball game at Littlejohn Coliseum on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

Photo by Mark Crammer

Clemson's K.J. McDaniels, center, and Rod Hall, right, reach for a loose ball in front of Coastal Carolina's Warren Gillis during their NCAA college basketball game at Littlejohn Coliseum on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

South Carolina State will try to crack the nation's toughest defense when the Bulldogs visit Littlejohn Coliseum tonight for a 7 p.m. game against Clemson.

The game will be available on Clemson's radio network, and live-streamed by ESPN3.

Brad Brownell's Tigers, 6-1, lead the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 51.3 points per game. Clemson is second in field goal percentage defense, with opponents shooting just 34.1 percent from the field, and sixth in blocked shots, with an 8.0 per-game average.

The Tigers are coming off a 69-40 blowout of Coastal Carolina. The Bulldogs bring a 2-5 record into the game.

Clemson and S.C. State are playing for the 13th time. The Tigers hold an 11-1 advantage and have won six straight in the series.

In a special ticket promotion, all first responders (Police, Fire or EMS personnel) receive free admission with an identifying ID. Family members may purchase a ticket at a reduced rate of $10.

Game Notes

• Clemson takes on SC State for the 13th time in the series, and for the fifth time in the last six seasons.

• The Tigers are coming off a 69-40 win over Coastal Carolina on Friday. Clemson held Cliff Ellis’ Chanticleers scoreless for the first 9:25 of the game.

• Clemson is in search of its first 5-0 start at home since the 2008-09 team won its first nine contests at Littlejohn Coliseum.

• Clemson leads the NCAA in scoring defense (51.3), is second in field goal percentage defense (.341), third in three-point percentage defense (.212) and sixth in blocks per game (8.0).

• The Tigers have held all but one opponent (UMass) below 60 points.

• Clemson is 6-0 this season when its bench outscores the opposition’s bench.

• Clemson is coming off a +19 rebounding margin over Coastal Carolina, the program’s largest in any game since Dec. 19, 2009 vs. College of Charleston.

• K.J. McDaniels is tied for 10th in Clemson history with Raymond Sykes with 102 career blocked shots.

• McDaniels has five 20-point games already this season, tied for second in the ACC behind only Duke’s Jabari Parker (7).

• Rod Hall ranks among the ACC’s top 10 in assist-to-turnover ratio (4-to-1), assists per game (4.0) and free throw percentage (.885).

• Devin Coleman has scored double figures just three times in his career, but two have come in Clemson’s past two games.

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