When: 4:00 pm
Where: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, SC
Watch: Only in-person
Follow: Gametracker, SCACCHoops
The semester's over. The purple paladins of Furman are in town. The Littlejohn crowd might be sparse. It might look a bit purple today in Littlejohn, with the empty seats and the visitors.
Nonetheless, today's game is the beginning of a tune-up stretch for the Tigers before the opening of ACC play at Duke on January 3rd. And while there are some trap games- at East Carolina, 10-1 Western Carolina, who beat Louisville in Louisville and Bradley at Bradley, and the dangerous College of Charleston- the Tigers should win all of these games.
After the performance against Illinois, every game, every possession needs to be played like it is the last second. If not, this is going to be a long disappointing season.
Today's game against Furman will hopefully continue the strong play of the guards and give some practice to the interior players.
Booker, while he had a career-high assist game, and showed he is an adept passer last game against USC, needs to be more assertive around the basket. Just having the ball in Booker's hand is a step in the right offensive direction.
Defensively, the Tigers have shown different looks playing some three quarter and half court traps along with man-to-man zones, and peppered with the OP press. However, the team looks porous at times, or else every coach has figured out how to maneuver around, over, or through or defense.
Yes the season is young, but it won't be for much longer. It is time to step of defensively, psychologically, and physically.