Clemson basketball teams resume seasons with home games on Saturday

Women will play S.C. State at 2 p.m., while the men face Furman at 7 p.m.

Clemson forward K.J. McDaniels, right, drives to the basket against Arkansas guard Michael Qualls during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game against Clemson Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

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Clemson forward K.J. McDaniels, right, drives to the basket against Arkansas guard Michael Qualls during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game against Clemson Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Following a week-long break for academic exams, the Clemson men's and women's basketball team will return to action on Saturday with home games at Littlejohn Coliseum.

The Tiger women will play South Carolina State at 2 p.m., while the men will take on Furman at 7 p.m.

ESPN3 will web-stream the men's game, while the women's game will be available on Clemson's Tiger Cast.

Clemson men vs. Furman

• Clemson (7-2) takes on Furman (4-5) at home Saturday, with its eye on an eighth win in its first 10 games this season.

• The Tiger program has won 29 straight games in the series over the Paladins dating to the 1978-79 season.

• Saturday’s game is the 150th meeting in history between the two schools. The only two schools Clemson has faced more often are South Carolina (164) and Wake Forest (154). Clemson leads the series 98-51 and has won the last 29 meetings.

• Clemson is coming off a 74-68 loss at Arkansas last Saturday. K.J. McDaniels posted a career-high 27 points in a double-double effort to lead the Tigers.

• The Tigers continue to lead the nation in scoring defense, yielding just 53.6 points per game. Clemson is also tops nationally in field goal percentage defense with a .350 figure.

• Clemson is shooting .782 at the free throw line, currently the nation’s seventh-best mark. McDaniels is second in the ACC with a .905 figure.

• Clemson has 11 players on its 13-man active roster averaging double figure minutes so far this season.

• McDaniels has scored 20 or more points in six games this season, second in the ACC behind only Jabari Parker of Duke.

• Damarcus Harrison has scored double digits in four games this season and needs just one to tie his total from 2012-13 over a 31-game span.

• Freshman center Sidy Djitte posted season-highs in minutes (24), rebounds (10) and offensive rebounds (6) in the game at Arkansas.

• Saturday’s game will be Camp Reunion Night. Anyone who attended camp was sent a voucher for free tickets via email. If anoyne attended camp and did not receive a voucher, please contact the men’s basketball office. Due to NCAA rules, campers who are 7th grade or older will need to complete additional paperwork through the men’s basketball office. Contact Susan Ruark at 864-656-1954.

• All elementary school children receive free admission when they show their elementary school pass. Passes must be redeemed at the Littlejohn Coliseum box office by a paying adult.

Clemson women vs. S.C. State

• Clemson Ranks in the top-55 in the NCAA in: FG% D (.357, 54th); scoring D (60.1 ppg, 55th); blks/gm (4.8, 40th) & fouls/gm (16.9, 43rd)

• The Tigers have won four in a row for the 1st time since 2008; All four wins have come by 6 or fewer points, the first such streak in school history

• Clemson is shooting .463 during streak, while holding opponents to .332 shooting

• The Tigers have 44 or fewer points in 2 consecutive games for the first time since 1999

• The Tigers rank 6th in the ACC with 4.8 blocks per game; Quinyotta Pettaway (8), Niylia Jamison-Myers (8), and Sade Chatman (8), lead the way

• Four players scored in double-figures vs. UNCG; Clemson’s 77 points were the most for the Tigers in 30 games

• Charmaine Tay leads all CU players in rebounds (51), points (82), field goals made (33) and steals (12)

• Chancie Dunn is a shooting team-best .554 (8th in ACC)

• Kelly Gramlich has made 10 threes over the last four games

• Chelsea Lindsay ranks 3rd in ACC at 34.6 mins/game

• Clemson brings a 4-3 record into the game, while South Carolina State is 1-8

• Clemson leads the series 13-4, but the Bulldogs won at Littlejohn last season

• The game will be available on Tiger Cast at www.clemsontigers.com

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