Road Trip (3/9/19)

  • Arena: Littlejohn Coliseum (Clemson, SC)
  • Opened: 1968
  • Capacity: 9,250
  • Home: Clemson Tigers
  • Away: Syracuse Orange

It has been a season of ups and downs for the Clemson Tigers (18-12, 8-9) who started the season ranked #22 and climbed to #16 before losing 3 of 4. The Tigers then raced to 4 straight victories before opening conference play with a loss at then #1 Duke. Clemson went 1-5 in their first 6 ACC games including a last second buzzer beater loss at NC State. They climbed back to .500 with 4 wins in a row, only to follow it with 3 consecutive losses. A win against Syracuse (19-11, 10-7) would put Clemson in great contention for an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament. The Tigers are led by a trio of seniors in Marcquise Reed (G), Shelton Mitchell (G) and Elijah Thomas (F). This Syracuse squad is well-known for their stifling 2-3 zone that dares opposing teams to shoot the 3. The Orange is 4-10 this year when allowing 70 points or more.

*Player to Watch: David Skara (F) is a 6’8’’ senior from Zadar, Croatia. He is averaging 7.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. Skara is a regular starter who is playing nearly 31 minutes per game. His tenacity and tough defense play a big part in the success of the Clemson Tigers.