The one consistent factor on the ACC road for Clemson – besides inconsistency – has been losses.
They’ve come in Durham (60-48), Raliegh (66-62), Tallahassee (60-57) and Chestnut Hill (75-68) – the latest Saturday, a rally fallen short (18-2 at one point) against Boston College.
Once again, the slow start came into play, dropping their sub-point-per-minute average in the first 10 minutes to .85 points in ACC away games. The Tigers are no offensive juggernaut, but in home conference games, they’re at least scoring 1.38 per.
From the field, Clemson is shooting 37.7 percent and 17-of-65 on three-pointers (26.2) on the road. Per Statsheet, Brad Brownell’s bunch are 0-6 when shooting 39.6 percent or worse this season and 2-6 when hitting 21 or less field goals, which happened at Duke and BC.
2013 Clemson basketball ACC home/road splits (2/4)
|FT% (Att. per game)||67.9 (22.4)||72.4 (14.5)|
Obviously, they’re shooting better at home – in every category but free throws (67.9% at home; 72.4 on the road), but Clemson is averaging almost eight more free throw attempts at home.
The offensive issues seem to be bleeding over to the defensive side, giving up almost 10 more points a game away from Littlejohn.
Individually, Devin Booker is the only Tiger in double-figures (18.3), well-above his season average (12.7), while the rest have been hit-and-mostly-miss.
Milton Jennings reached road double-digits (13) for the first time Saturday, averaging eight points overall, while K.J. McDaniels is in the same boat, hitting the double-figure mark once as well (15 at FSU) and 8.3 ppg on average.
Point guard Rod Hall has particularly struggled in assists (2.5; -1.3) and turnovers (2.5; +0.7). Though, it’s hard to have assists if nobody is making shots. In terms of plus/minus (points margin when on the floor), Hall was a team-worst minus-22 against BC.
Also struggling in plus/minus Saturday was Damarcus Harrison – at minus-19 with three points in 25 minutes. He averaged 13.5 points in 34 minutes each in the previous back-to-back wins. Harrison has hit just 4-of-23 shots for 2.3 points per in conference road games.
Next up? A Thursday trip to Charlottesville playing Virginia (15-6, 5-3 ACC), who the Tigers topped 59-44 on Jan. 12, and had won four-straight until losing a nine-point halftime lead in a 66-60 loss at Georgia Tech Sunday.