No. 20 Clemson (9-3, 3-3 ACC) looks to get back on track Saturday in a matchup with No. 25 Florida State (7-2, 3-1 ACC) at the Donald L. Tucker Center with tipoff scheduled for a 3pm on ABC.
The Tigers got off to a great 9-1 start before having to stop all basketball activities due to a positive test and contact tracing. Since getting back on the court they have lost two straight and both were in blowout fashion (Virginia 85-50 and Georgia Tech 83-65). Games that saw the Cavaliers and Yellow Jackets combine to hit 31 of 53 attempts from three and Clemson couldn’t keep up. Perimeter defense was abysmal in both games.
Clemson will also be looking to fix the turnover issue that plagued them against Georgia Tech. The Tigers turned the ball over 20 times. They have turned it over a total of 158 times this season and average 13.2 per game.
Without a win over the Seminoles this weekend, Clemson will most likely get bounced from the national rankings. The Tigers claimed the first meeting of the season on Dec. 29, 2020, 77-67. The Tigers garnered 49 rebounds in that game, including 19 on the offensive glass.
However, that was at home and FSU is playing as well as anyone right now. Clemson split their two meetings last season with the Seminoles, which included a last second win on an Al-Amir Dawes layup with 1.0 second remaining.
In order to get a win on the road against this Florida State team the Tigers are going to have to be able to shoot over the Seminole defenders, protect the ball better, and continue to get production off of their bench. Clemson’s bench has given head Coach Brad Brownell 25+ points in 9-of-11 games. The Tigers also had as many as 14 different scorers this season with seven averaging over 5.0 points per game.