Clemson will be trying to even its ACC record at 4-4 and stay afloat in the upper half of a logjammed conference race when the Tigers face Georgia Tech tonight at Littlejohn Coliseum.
The game is one of three ACC contests on Tuesday. N.C. State plays at Virginia, while North Carolina visits Boston College.
On Wednesday, Miami plays at Virginia Tech, Maryland visits Florida State and Duke plays at Wake Forest.
Miami leads the ACC with a 6-0 record and is followed by N.C. State at 5-2, and Duke and Virginia at 3-2. UNC and FSU are tied with 3-3 league records, while Clemson, Maryland and Wake Forest are knotted at 3-4. Virginia Tech is 2-4, with Georgia Tech and Boston College both at 1-5.
The ACC currently has three ranked teams. Duke is No. 5 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches' Poll, Miami is ranked 14th and 15th, and N.C. State is ranked 19th in both versions.
Site: Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)
Tipoff: 7:07 p.m.
Radio: Clemson Tiger Sports Network (Pete Yanity - play-by-play; Philip Sikes - color)
TV: Regional Sports Network (Bob Rathbun - play-by-play; Dave Odom - color)
Overall: Clemson leads 61-59
at Clemson: Clemson leads 39-16
at Littlejohn: Clemson leads 32-8
at Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech leads 40-22
at Neutral: Georgia Tech leads 3-0
First Meeting: Clemson won, 26-22, in 1912-13
Last Meeting: Clemson won, 56-37, in 2011-12
Streak: Clemson has won five straight
• Clemson and Georgia Tech have faced each other 120 times in men’s basketball, with the Tigers holding the slight 61-59 advantage all-time in the series. The Tigers have won the last five games overall, including all four under current Head Coach Brad Brownell.
• The Tigers enter Tuesday’s tilt after a 77-70 victory at home over Virginia Tech on Sunday. Clemson senior Milton Jennings scored a career-best 28 points, including a 16-for-18 performance at the free throw line. Damarcus Harrison added a career-high 19 in the winning effort.
• Georgia Tech recently won its first conference game of the season, 82-62 at home over Wake Forest last Saturday. The Yellow Jackets led 18-0 out of the gates and shot 62 percent in the opening half.
• Tuesday’s game will feature two of the top four scoring defenses in the ACC, Clemson (57.0) and Georgia Tech (59.5).
• tech assistant Josh Postorino was part of the previous staff at Clemson from 2007-10. He was director of basketball operations his first season and assistant coach from 2008-10 under then Head Coach Oliver Purnell.
• Georgia Tech’s Brian Gregory and Clemson’s Brad Brownell were head coaches in the city of Dayton, OH together from 2006-10. Gregory was in charge at the University of Dayton, while Brownell was at Wright State.
• Georgia Tech freshmen Marcus Georges-Hunt and Chris Bolden were teammates together with Clemson rookie Jaron Blossomgame at the AAU level with the under-17 Georgia Stars organization in the summer of 2011.
• Devin Booker was held without a field for the first time in 58 games on Sunday when he went 0-for-3 versus Virginia Tech while continuing to battle flu-like symptoms. The Tiger big man did contribute 10 rebounds, his third double-figure effort on the glass in seven ACC games.
• Jennings made 16 free throws in the win over Virginia Tech, the most by any Tiger since Butch Zatezalo buried 16 in 17 attempts against Wake Forest in 1969. Only Zatezalo has made more free throws for Clemson in a game with 17 against Maryland in 1968.
• K.J. McDaniels has made multiple threes in three straight games, including a career-high (5) against Virginia Tech.