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Clemson Men’s Basketball Team to Play Host to Gardner-Webb Friday Night

Clemson Men’s Basketball Team to Play Host to Gardner-Webb Friday Night

Nov. 9, 2011

Clemson vs. Gardner-Webb Game Notes | Watch on ESPN3 | Exclusive: Defense Key to Young Team

GAME SETUP Site: Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000) Date: Friday, November 11, 2011 City: Clemson, SC Time: 8:00 PM Radio: Clemson Tiger Sports Properties (Pete Yanity – play-by-play, Tim Bourret – color) Web: ESPN3 (Roy Philpott – play-by-play; Alex Welp – color)

SERIES NOTES Overall: Clemson leads 3-0 at Clemson: Clemson leads 3-0 at Littlejohn: Clemson leads 3-0 at Gardner-Webb: None played at Neutral: None played First Meeting: Clemson, 71-61, in 2002-03 Last Meeting: Clemson, 96-67, in 2007-08 Streak: Clemson has won three straight

QUICK FACTS • Clemson opens year two of the Brad Brownell era on Friday against Gardner-Webb. The Tigers and Bulldogs will meet for the fourth time in the history of the series, with Clemson holding a 3-0 advantage. All three meetings have been at Littlejohn Coliseum since 2002. • The Tigers have won 26 consecutive season openers and 38 of their last 39 openers overall. Clemson’s most famous season-opening win was in 1996 when the Tigers knocked off defending national champion Kentucky. • Clemson won its exhibition game against Queens University (NC), coached by alum Wes Long. The Tigers held Queens, a Division II school, to 35 points and forced 22 turnovers in the win. Tanner Smith had 13 to lead the Tigers, while fellow senior Catalin Baciu added 10. • Clemson held Queens to 34.9 percent shooting and forced 22 turnovers by the Royals. • Eleven different players logged 10 or more minutes in the exhibition, yet the highest total was 26 by freshman T.J. Sapp. • Brownell established first-year Clemson coaching records for overall wins (22) and ACC regular season wins (9) last season. He also took the Tigers to their fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. • Brownell guided the Tigers to their first NCAA Tournament win in 14 years last season. • Clemson and Duke are the only schools in the ACC to advance to the NCAA Tournament each of the past four seasons. • Clemson was picked to finish seventh by the ACC media for the second straight preseason. The Tigers finished tied for fourth last year, surpassing most expectations. • Andre Young led the ACC in assist/turnover ratio last season and is third in Clemson history with a career 2.01 figure. • Young is seventh in school history in both career three-point goals (170) and three-point percentage (.387). He needs eight goals to pass former teammate Terrence Oglesby for sixth place on the all-time list. • Tanner Smith is one of 30 candidates for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. The award is given to a senior that best represents the four Cs – character, classroom, community and competition. The list will be narrowed to 10 finalists in January.

Click on the video link below to see the Tigers’ top-ten dunks of the 2010-11 season: