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2009-2010 Boston College Men's Basketball: Clemson Game Thread

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Boston College Eagles (10-5, 1-0 ACC) at Clemson Tigers (12-3, 0-1 ACC)

Time: 4:00 EST
Date: Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010
Place: J.C. Littlejohn Coliseum (capacity 10,000), Clemson, S.C.
TV: Raycom

Last Time Out: Boston College defeated the N.J. Institute of Technology 89-32 (fist pump!) to move to 10-5 on the season.


Series: Clemson leads the all-time series 7-3.
Last Meeting: Clemson 87, Boston College 77 (Feb. 10, 2009)
Last Meeting at Clemson: Clemson 78, Boston College 56 (Feb. 2, 2008)

Trends: The Eagles have never defeated the Tigers at Littlejohn Coliseum (0-3), and BC's three wins in the series all occurred at home. BC has lost its last 3 games to Clemson, including an embarrassing 82-48 loss in the 2008 ACC Tournament in Charlotte.

Clemson's 2008-2009 Record: 23-9 (9-7 ACC), first round NCAA Tournament loss to Michigan

Probable Starters:

  • G - Tanner Smith (So.) - 6'5", 220 lbs., Alpharetta, Ga. - 10.3 PPG, 4.1 RPG
  • G - Demontez Stitt (Jr.) - 6'2", 175 lbs., Matthews, N.C. - 10.6 PPG, 2.7 RPG
  • F - David Potter (Sr.) - 6'6", 215 lbs., Severn, Md. - 7.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG
  • F - Trevor Booker (Sr.) - 6'7", 240 lbs., Whitmire, S.C. - 14.5 PPG, 8.7 RPG
  • C - Jerai Grant (Jr.) - 6'8", 220 lbs., Bowie, Md. - 5.9 PPG, 3.8 RPG

The Eagles return to ACC play as they travel to South Carolina to take on the 12-3 Clemson Tigers in Littlejohn Coliseum. While Clemson comes in with a 12-3 record, they are coming off a 74-53 loss on the road at Duke. The loss in the ACC opener snapped a six game winning streak for the Tigers. Clemson has quality wins against Butler and South Carolina in addition to beating the East Carolinas, Furmans and Libertys of college basketball. The Tigers three losses have come to (2) Duke, (40) Texas A&M and (50) Illinois in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. CU is paced by senior forward Trevor Booker, averaging 14.5 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game.

Boston College has won four of its last five games. The Eagles are averaging 73.5 points per game while giving up 63.1. While BC is 2-0 in true road games this year, Skinner's team hasn't gone on the road since their December 2 win over Michigan at Crisler Arena. Joe Trapani leads all Eagle scorers with 15.2 points per game, while Corey Raji is the Eagles' leading rebounder with 7.5 boards per game.

Leave your pre-, in- or post-game thoughts below.

Go Eagles!