December 31, 2012

The Citadel Heads to Clemson for In-State Hardwoods Clash with Tigers

Game Notes

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Following a 10-day break for the holidays The Citadel basketball team returns to action on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Littlejohn Coliseum where the Bulldogs face Clemson.

The game can be seen on ESPN3 with Mike Gleason serving as play-by-play and Nate Ross providing color commentary.

The Citadel (3-7) is looking to snap a 14-game losing streak to Clemson (7-4) that dates back to Jan. 14, 1981. The Bulldogs and Tigers have met in each of the last three seasons with Clemson winning the most recent contests by scores of 69-54 (Jan. 2, 2011) and 73-50 (Nov. 16, 2011). 

NO STRANGER TO ACC COMPETITION: The 82nd installment of the all-time series between The Citadel and Clemson marks the first time that the schools have squared off in three straight seasons since 1992-94. The meeting with the Tigers also marks the first time that The Citadel has faced ACC opposition, following their most recent outing at Georgia Tech, in back-to-back games since the Bulldogs faced Clemson and 19th-ranked Wake Forest in the 1994-95 campaign.

Clemson and Georgia Tech are the only two ACC opponents that Bulldogs head coach Chuck Driesell, a Maryland graduate and former Terps assistant coach, has gone head-to-head with since taking over the program in 2010-11. 

The game designates the 176th meeting in program history for The Citadel and a team from the current ACC. In the 102 years of Bulldog basketball the team also has squared off with Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

Eight of those 10 institutions, Florida State and Miami being the exceptions, were at one time members of the Southern Conference, which was founded in 1921. The Citadel joined the conference in 1932.

Clemson was a charter member of the SoCon in 1921, departing in 1953 to join the ACC.

PLUS/MINUS PROFICIENT: The redshirt freshmen combination of Michael Hundley and Dylen Setzekorn, who have appeared in five and seven games, respectively, rank atop The Citadel's active players in plus/minus proficiency. When Setzekorn is on the court, the Bulldogs are outscoring their opponents by a +18 margin (157-139), while with Hundley on the floor, the Cadets have a +6 (68-62) edge over their opposition. Only C.J. Bray, who is inactive because of calcium deposits on his ankles, is the third Citadel player with positive plus/minus with a +16 (206-190).

PALMETTO STATE WARRIORS: The Tigers mark the second opponent from the state of South Carolina for The Citadel this season, following a Dec. 4 contest with Charleston Southern. The Bulldogs are 403-452 (.471 winning pct.) in program history against teams from the Palmetto State, including 20 wins or more against six in-state institutions, over the course of the last 101 seasons. Those six institutions include Clemson (22 wins), College of Charleston (39 wins), Furman (83 wins), Newberry (49 wins), Presbyterian (46 wins) and South Carolina (25 wins).

ASSISTANT CONNECTIONS: Third-year Citadel assistant coach J.D. Powell earned both his Bachelor of Arts degree (Communications) and Master's Degree (Technology & Human Resources) from Clemson, while playing four years in a Tiger uniform. Powell spent the 1998-2000 seasons with Clemson under then head coach Larry Shyatt and was part of the 1999 squad that finished the a runner-up in the NIT. Powell began his time there as a manager, but later became a walk-on and eventually earned a scholarship. Fellow Clemson Assistant Coach Earl Grant, who is in his second season with the Tigers, spent 2002-04 as an assistant on Pat Dennis' Citadel staff. Grant won 26 games with the Bulldogs before joining Gregg Marshall at Winthrop and later following him to Wichita State.

CLEMSON-THE CITADEL SERIES NOTES

Citadel Team/Individual Single-Game Records Relating Specifically vs. Clemson

• Tied for seventh-most field goals attempted (83; Nov. 25, 2000)
• Made the sixth-most 3-point attempts (35; Nov. 25, 2000)
• Grabbed most offensive rebounds (30; Nov. 25, 2000)
• Pulled down fourth-most total rebounds (62; Nov. 25, 2000)
• Handed out 10th-most assists (25; Nov. 28, 1989)
• Gary Daniels hit the sixth-most free throws in program history (16; Dec. 20, 1961)
• Cliff Washburn recorded fourth-most offensive rebounds (9; Nov. 25, 2000)
• Chad Leonard forced the second-most steals (7; Dec. 18, 1994)

BREAKING DOWN CLEMSON (7-4 Overall)

TIGERS EXTENSIVE RUN BURY S.C. STATE, 77-41: Clemson went on a 21-2 run to end the first half and held SC State to 41 total points in a 77-41 rout on Dec. 23 at Littlejohn Coliseum.  The win improved the Tigers to 7-4 on the season and dropped the Bulldogs to 4-9.

Damarcus Harrison had a career-high 15 points for Clemson.  The sophomore transfer's previous high was 12 against Iona in last year's NCAA Tournament for BYU.  He made 6-of-11 field goals, including 3-of-7 from long distance, and also added a career-best six assists. He was one of four Tigers in double figures, as Milton Jennings added 15, Devin Booker had 11 and K.J. McDaniels posted 10.

Clemson had 22 assists on 30 baskets, the highest number of assists in 76 games under Head Coach Brad Brownell.  The Tigers shot 49.2 percent for the game and 51.6 percent after halftime.  All 11 players on Clemson's roster that played scored in Sunday's game.

Clemson struggled to shoot the ball from the outset, connecting on just two of its first nine shots before Damarcus Harrison buried an 18-footer to make it 11-10 in favor of SC State.  The lid lifted at that point for the Tigers, who then made four of their next six field goals. 

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