PREVIEW: Clemson vs TCU in Las Vegas

via Clemson Athletic Communications

  • The Clemson Tigers will take on the TCU Horned Frogs on Sunday, Nov. 24 in its first game out West in the MGM Main Event. Tipoff from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. is slated for 10:30 p.m. ET.

  • The contest will be televised on ESPN2 with Andy Kennedy and Tom Hart calling the action courtside, while Don Munson and Tim Bourret will call the action on the radio waves. The radio call will be available on the Clemson Tigers Network and Tunein.com.

  • Clemson and TCU have played just once previously in its history.

  • The Tigers won 125-62 on Nov. 27, 1977. The game served as the season opener that year and stands as the third-most points scored in a single game by a Clemson team. It is the second-most points the Tigers have scored on their home floor.

  • It stands as the fifth-largest margin of victory in Clemson history and third-largest over another Power 5 opponent. • Clemson shot 46-for-75 from the field in the game. It’s the second-most made field goals by Clemson against a Power 5 opponent.

  • Although Clemson and TCU will not have played in nearly 42 years, Brad Brownell and Jamie Dixon are very familiar with each other having coached against each other in the ACC.

  • Clemson basketball student manager Wells Hoag was elevated to the active roster on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

  • Hoag made his collegiate debut against Alabama A&M on Nov. 21 and played 7.5 minutes on the floor for the Tigers.

  • The Tigers are outscoring opponents off turnovers this season by a decisive margin of 124-57. • Clemson has scored 80+ points in each of its last three contests. It marks just the third time that Clemson has scored 80+ points in three-straight games under head coach Brad Brownell.

  • Hunter Tyson turned in a career performance against Detroit Mercy (Nov. 17), scoring 20 points on seven made field goals, including five 3-pointers. Tyson was the first Tiger to score 20 points coming off the bench since Marcquise Reed against South Carolina (Dec. 22, 2018).

  • Tyson followed up his 20-point performance with a 10-point outing against Alabama A&M. It was just his second double-digit scoring outing of the season. He’s upped his shooting percentage to 46.9 percent over those two games.

  • The Tigers tallied a season-high 20 assists in the 22-point victory over the Titans. The first 20-assist game for the Tigers since last year’s season opener against The Citadel (Nov. 6, 2018).

  • With Al-Amir Dawes and Chase Hunter primarily starting in the backcourt as freshmen, the Tigers start a sophomore, junior and a graduate transfer.

  • With the exception of a graduate transfer, the Tigers’ bench is primarily made up of freshmen and sophomores.

  • According to Ken Pomeroy, the Tigers’ boast an experience ranking of 1.30 which stands 285th in the country (out of 351 programs).

KenPom gives the Tigers a 40% chance to win this game and projects them losing 67-64. Here is the full KenPom breakdown of the matchup...


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