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Miami Hurricanes (17-7, 3-7) @ Clemson Tigers (17-7, 5-5)

When: 12PM FSS

Live stats from SCACChoops.

Miami started out the season on a 15-1 streak against pitifully weak competition in their non-con slate, defeating the Gamecocks 85-70 and losing to BC by 1 in December. Since notching their first good win against Wake Forest, they've gone 2-6 in ACC play.

Leading scorers - Sr PF Dwayne Collins (11.75ppg, 8.25 rb), Sr G James Dews (12.25ppg), Fr G Durand Scott (8.3ppg, 3.6 asst), Soph G Malcolm Grant (9.96ppg, 3.4 asst).

Clemson also started on a hot streak but since obliterating the Tarholes, we've been pretty shoddy on offense, and at times the defense has flaked out. We're 3-4 since UNC, though I believe the NC State and GT games could've gone either way with how we were playing. 3 of the 4 losses were road games and Clemson stands at 11-2 at home. Miami is 2-6 in road games so far, all 6 to conference foes.

Miami ranks 75th nationally in defensive efficiency, 55th in offense, while Clemson ranks 5th and 84th respectively. While they're not a bad FG shooting team, and better than CU, they're not great either. They are midpack in nearly all offensive statistical categories, which is hardly any different from Clemson. Clemson holds the edge in offensive rebounds per game 13.4-12.6, while Miami shoots 5% better from the arc, but most other offensive stat components compare similarly. Given our defensive skill and with it being a home game, I see no reason why Clemson should not win by 10 at least. This game is still a must win for RPI and Tourney seeding.

Clemson/Miami Steal Pct in ACC Play

Clemson/Miami FG Pct. in ACC Play.

Turnover Average changes within ACC Play. Clemson opponents average 18.1 TOs per game.