Gameday: Clemson looks to steal ACC road win at tough Tucker Center

Clemson head coach Brad Brownell, rear, watches as Florida State's Michael Snaer works the ball around Clemson's Rod Hall, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

Photo by Mark Crammer

Clemson head coach Brad Brownell, rear, watches as Florida State's Michael Snaer works the ball around Clemson's Rod Hall, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

In the ACC, nothing really counts as an upset any more.

In the wake of Miami's 90-63 thrashing of top-ranked Duke Wednesday night, the ACC has turned into a mad scramble behind the Hurricanes, who, at 5-0, have opened up a full two-game lead over Duke and N.C. State.

Going into Thursday's games, nine ACC teams have either two or three losses, including both Florida State (2-2) and Clemson (2-3), while will meet at Tallahassee in an 8 p.m. regionally-televised game.

FSU owns an 18-6 advantage over the Tigers in games played in Tallahassee, and has an overall two-game winning streak in the series.

The defending ACC champions are coming off a 36-point offensive performance and a 20-point loss to Virginia - a team that Clemson beat by double-digits a week earlier.

Clemson is coming off a narrow 66-62 loss to N.C. State.

Tonight's Game

Site: Donald L. Tucker Center (12,100)

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2013

City: Tallahassee, FL

Time: 8:05 PM

Radio: Clemson Tiger Sports Network (Pete Yanity - play-by-play; Philip Sikes - color)

TV: ACC Network (Steve Martin - play-by-play; Mike Gminski - color)

Categories Clemson Florida State
PPG 63.9 70.8
PPG Allowed 56.1 67.2
FG% 44.2 44.9
3PT% 32.8 37.5
Off. Reb. % 32.4 32.8
eFG% 49.1 51.4
Turnover % (Amount per 100 plays) 17.9 22.5
Free throw rate (FT attempts/FG attempts) 34.9 40.3
Team Conf. Pct. Overall
Atlantic: 1) Florida State 7-2 .778 22-2
2) Clemson 5-4 .556 15-8
3) N.C. State 3-6 .333 16-9
4) Maryland 3-6 .333 14-9
5) Wake Forest 3-6 .333 14-12
6) Boston College 0-8 .000 3-17
Coastal: 1) UNC 7-1 .875 21-1
2) Virginia 7-2 .778 22-2
3) Georgia Tech 6-3 .667 18-5
4) Virginia Tech 5-4 .556 18-7
5) Miami 4-5 .444 19-8
6) Duke 3-6 .333 12-12

Clemson-FSU Preview

Noteworthy

Confidence, close-game effect on young players

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• Clemson and Florida State meet for the second time in the last 19 days on Thursday, and for the 61st time in series history. The Seminoles, who have won the last two over Clemson, own the series lead all-time 32-28.

• Clemson has six wins at Florida State in its history, including two in the last six seasons. Cliff Hammonds hit the game-winning layup in Tallahassee to lift the Tigers to a win in 2007, while Trevor Booker and Andre Young led Clemson to a victory in the Tucker Center in 2010.

• Clemson is 2-3 in the ACC and is coming off a four-point loss at No. 14 NC State in its last outing. The Tigers shrugged off an early 10-0 deficit before tying the game twice in the second half, only to fall short despite a career-high 27 points from Devin Booker.

• Florida State jumped out to a 2-0 record in ACC play, winning at Clemson and at Maryland, but has dropped games to North Carolina and Virginia to fall to .500 in conference games. Both teams are 10-7 entering Thursday’s matchup.

• The Seminoles won the first meeting, 71-66, after jumping out to a 24-8 advantage just 10 minutes into the game.

• In five ACC contests, Clemson has held the opposing team’s top scorer coming into the game below his average, and four of the five to single digits. Joe Harris is the only leading scorer to post double digits against Clemson’s defense. FSU's leading scorer is guard Michael Snaer (14.8 PPG).

• Booker made 13 field goals in the loss at NC State, a high under Brad Brownell and most by any Clemson post player since Elden Campbell also had 13 against Mercer in 1987-88.

• Booker’s 27 points were the most by a Clemson player against a ranked opponent since K.C. Rivers posted 28 in the 2008 ACC Championship Game versus No. 1 North Carolina.

Hall turning into key contributor in scoring

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• Booker boosted his scoring average to 17 points per game in ACC play, fourth-best in the conference.

• Milton Jennings went over 800 career points and 500 career rebounds in the game at NC State. He is shooting 50 percent from three in ACC games, fourth-best in the league.

• Rod Hall had a season-high 16 in the game at NC State, including 12 after halftime. The sophomore point guard made a career-best seven field goals in Raleigh.

• Hall needs two assists and Jennings needs three for both players to reach 100 in their respective careers.

• FSU has won 14 of its last 17 at home in ACC play, but are 4-5 in the Tucker Center this season.

• With the unbalanced conference schedule and home success, Brownell’s Tigers have been swept once in ACC play, by UNC in 2011.

• The 'Noles haven't swept Clemson since 2009, where they also won first in TigerTown first (65-61) and then in Tallahassee (73-66).

• Florida State is in the midst of its best five-year ACC stretch in school history, with a 45-23 record (.662 win percentage).

Series Notes

Overall: Florida State leads 32-28

at Clemson: Clemson leads 18-9

at Littlejohn: Clemson leads 16-8

at Florida State: Florida State leads 18-6

at Neutral: Florida State leads 5-4

First Meeting: Florida State won, 62-56, in 1951-52

Last Meeting: Florida State won, 71-66, on Jan. 5

Streak: Florida State has won two straight

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