Marist (2-3) vs. Clemson (3-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, November 25, 11:30 a.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (5,000) -- Orlando, Florida. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Marist 0-1, Clemson 1-0. Away Record: Marist 1-1, Clemson 1-0. Neutral Record: Marist 1-1, Clemson 1-1. Conference Record: Marist 0-0, Clemson 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: Following up a huge defensive effort on Friday, the Marist Red Foxes find themselves back in action on Sunday against the Clemson Tigers in the championship round of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando.
Marist has just two wins through the first five games of the season, the first being a relatively close call against Columbia on the road, 67-62, last weekend. Two days ago, the squad belittled Vanderbilt by holding the Commodores to a mere 33 points in a 17-point victory. It was the first-ever win for Marist against an opponent from the SEC, the points allowed also being the fewest in program history. The previous mark versus Division I competition was 35 points, while overall it was 34 points, registered back on Nov. 26, 1985 against Suffolk in a 69-34 victory.
Meanwhile, the Tigers have three wins in their first four outings, but scored a season-low against nationally-ranked Gonzaga, 57-49, in one of the earlier rounds of this tournament. Following that setback, Clemson responded by capturing a 69-48 win over the UTEP Miners on Friday.
This is the first-ever meeting between these two schools on the hardwood.
The effort at the defensive end of the floor by the Red Foxes was legendary versus the Commodores, limiting the squad to a mere 14-of-61 (.230) shooting from the floor and 2-of-20 (.100) beyond the arc. Marist opened the meeting on an 8-0 run and never looked back as Devin Price and Isaiah Morton both scored 13 points and cleared four rebounds, but they also turned the ball over four times apiece and combined to shoot only 6-of-18 behind the three-point line. Jay Bowie accounted for only four points, but he did handle the action on the glass with 12 rebounds for a group that hit on a mere 36.7 percent from the field and 5-of-13 at the charity stripe. A low-scoring team by nature this season, the Red Foxes are putting up only 55.6 ppg, compared to 63.2 ppg allowed to the opponents even with the game against Vandy. Price leads the group with his 12.0 ppg, but his shooting from the floor has been horrendous at only 26.8 percent.
Clemson scored the first points of the game against the Miners and never looked back, shooting 56.0 percent from the floor in the first half which included an incredible 10-of-12 effort behind the three-point line. The Tigers finished the outing 12-of-16 on the perimeter, the 75.0 percent accuracy much higher than the squad's 52.3 percent from the floor overall. Milton Jennings scored 18 points and pulled down seven rebounds, while K.J. McDaniels contributing another 17 points and six boards as the duo combined to make all but one of nine chances from the outside. Devin Booker cleared a team-best 10 rebounds, but also turned the ball over five times. Jennings (11.3 ppg) and McDaniels (11.0 ppg) are the lone double-digit scorers over the course of four games for Clemson. Defensively, this group is limiting opponents to only 51.0 ppg, those teams converting just 12-of-44 beyond the arc.
Given the efforts both of these teams put forth in their last outings, this meeting could be another low-scoring affair. Chances are the Red Foxes won't be able to reach that same lofty level, which means Clemson gets the edge.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Clemson 62, Marist 55
11/25 10:42:08 ET