NC State vs. Clemson: Full Game Preview
|NC State||C Leslie 15.7||R Howell 10.8||L Brown 6.9|
|Clemson||D Booker 12.4||D Booker 8.0||R Hall 3.6|
On Sunday, Clemson hosts NC State at Littlejohn Coliseum. It gets started at 1 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ACC Network or ESPN3.com. The Tigers fell to the Wolfpack 66-62 on Jan. 20 and are 4-3 against them over the last four years.
Clemson maintains eigth place in the ACC while NC State is in fifth place.
In their last matchup on Feb. 7, K.J. McDaniels put up 10 points for the Tigers in a loss to Virginia, 78-41. He paces the team in blocks per game with 2, and steals per game with 1.3. For the Wolfpack, Richard Howell finished with 23 points and 9 rebounds in the 98-85 loss to Duke on Feb. 7. He leads the team in rebounds with 10.8 per game and blocks with 1 per game.
There is one important category where NC State has a statistical edge, scoring, where the Wolfpack have the upper hand over the Tigers, 78 points per game to 63 points per game. NC State will hope to exploit their strength in effective field goal percentage in this matchup. Their mark of 55.1 percent in this area ranks first in the conference and 15th in the country.
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- The Clemson basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than NC State (71 percent vs. 60 percent).
- Clemson isn't as congested as Raleigh (population is significantly lower).
- Clemson has more wins over the last 5 years than NC State (118 vs. 106).
- K.J. McDaniels is ranked 3rd in the ACC in blocks.
- Clemson has a better overall winning percentage over the last five years (62.3 percent to 58.0 percent).
- Devin Booker is ranked 7th in the ACC in rebounds and 10th in the ACC in blocks.
- Rod Hall is ranked 8th in the ACC in assists.
- Clemson has an average margin of victory of 8 over NC State in 28 wins since 1980.
- Clemson has a better scoring defense (58.9 allowed per game vs. 71.3 allowed per game) than NC State this season.
- Clemson has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than NC State according to Kiplinger (50 percent vs. 37 percent).
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