MBB PREVIEW: Clemson vs Alabama A&M

by Staff Report

(w/ contributions from CU ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS)

CLEMSON, SC -- The Tigers have won three straight games since losing their opener to Virginia Tech; all of which have been at home. They host their final home until December 15 (vs South Carolina) tonight as they play host to Alabama A&M.

  • Clemson and Alabama A&M have never played a game against each other.

  • Clemson is 5-0 all-time against members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

  • The Tigers own two wins over Texas Southern and a victory each over Prairie View A&M, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Alabama State.

  • Head Coach Brad Brownell is 4-0 against the conference and is 3-0 while at Clemson with two wins over Texas Southern and a victory over Alabama State.

  • While at Wright State, Brownell earned a win over Mississippi Valley State.

  • • In Clemson’s win over Detroit Mercy on Nov. 17, the Tigers boasted three scorers with at least 18 points.

  • Hunter Tyson (20), Aamir Simms (19) and Tevin Mack (18) all helped lead the Tigers to a season-high 87 points and a decisive 22-point victory.

  • As a collective group, they finished 24-for-36 from the floor (66.7 percent).

  • It also marked the first time in nearly 12 seasons that the Tigers have accomplished that feat.

  • You’d have to go back to March 8, 2009 when the Tigers’ Demontez Stitt (21), K.C. Rivers (21) and Trevor Booker (18) paced Clemson in a 96-88 loss to Wake Forest.

  • In Brad Brownell’s tenure as head coach at Clemson, the Tigers are a combined 44-2 when they allow 50 or less points to its opponent.

  • The Tigers have won their last 23 contests in which they have allowed 50 or less points (23-0).

  • In just the Tigers’ second game of the 2019-20 season, they held Presbyterian to just 45 points, marking the first time this season they have held an opponent under the 50-point threshold.

  • Clemson went 4-0 during 2018-19 in such games.

  • The Tigers topped Pittsburgh with a 62-48 victory on the road on Feb. 27.

  • Clemson rolled Georgia Tech on the road on Feb. 6, 65-42, and clinching the fewest points allowed in consecutive ACC games in Clemson history.

  • The Tigers dominated Wake Forest on Feb. 3, 64-37, holding the Demon Deacons to the lowest point total allowed in an ACC game under Brownell.

  • The 37 points ties Georgia Tech from a Feb. 21, 2012, 56-37, Tiger victory.

  • The 40th win came on Nov. 20 in the Cayman Islands Classic semifinals with a 64-49 win over Georgia.

  • The only losses on the record are losses to Virginia (49-47, Feb. 2, 2011) and Miami (45-43, Feb. 17, 2013).

  • Al-Amir Dawes is leading the Tigers with 3.3 assists per game - putting him on pace for 99 this season in 30 regular season games.

  • That equated average of 99 would place Dawes second all-time in program history for assists in a single season by a freshman.

  • Clemson Hall of Famer Grayson Marshall holds the record with a staggering 192 assists in 1984-85.

  • Chase Hunter is not far behind Dawes, averaging 2.8 assists - on pace for 84 this season.

KenPom gives Clemson a 99.6% chance of winning the game, with a score prediction of 81-52. Here is the analytical breakdown of the game...

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