CLEMSON, S.C. — Eight home games at Greenville’s Bon Secours Wellness Arena, three games against Southeastern Conference teams and a trip to Las Vegas, Nev., highlight Clemson’s non-conference schedule, announced today. Clemson will face three teams that advanced to the 2015 NCAA Tournament and five that won 20 or more games in 2014-15.
“I’m excited about our schedule,” said Head Coach Brad Brownell. “We tried to find games that we thought would help prepare us for the ACC. Because there’s a strong possibility we’ll have an ACC game in late December, we’ll conclude our non-conference schedule earlier than normal.”
All of Clemson’s home games will be played in “The Well,” the home to Tiger basketball while Littlejohn Coliseum undergoes a $63.5 million renovation. The opener is Friday, Nov. 13 against North Carolina Central, a 25-win team from a season ago. Five home games will be played in December, highlighted by tilts against Alabama (Dec. 13) and South Carolina (Dec. 18).
“By playing in Greenville, it will be easier for some of our fans to watch us play,” Brownell said. “We especially hope our fans will give us great support during that crunch of games in December.”
The Tigers open a two-game series with Georgia by playing in Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga., on Dec. 22, 2015. The Tigers will then host the Bulldogs in the 2016-17 season opener in the newly renovated Littlejohn. The two last played in 2006-07.
“I’m excited to play at Georgia, and then turn around and open our renovated facility against them the next season,” Brownell said. “Georgia was an NCAA Tournament team last season, and will provide a great challenge.”
The MGM Grand Main Event features four teams, with Clemson facing UMass in the opening game on Nov. 23. The Tigers will advance to face either Creighton or Rutgers in the second game on Nov. 25.
“We’ve never been to Vegas, so that will be different,” Brownell said. “UMass is a good program, and that will be a good game. We’ll have to play good basketball to win the event.”
Season tickets are already on sale. Call 1-800-CLEMSON or visit ClemsonTigers.com for more information. The ACC regular season schedule will be announced next month.
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