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No. 19 Clemson Tigers at Alabama Crimson Tide men’s basketball capsule

No. 19 Clemson Tigers at Alabama Crimson Tide men’s basketball capsule

When: Today, 4:30 p.m.

Where: Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

TV: FSN South

Radio: WCCP 104.9 FM

Records: Clemson 11-1; Alabama 10-3

Coaches: Oliver Purnell (337-250 in 20 seasons, 81-59 in five seasons at Clemson); Mark Gottfried (259-135 in 13 seasons, 191-111 in 10 seasons at Alabama)

Tickets: (205) 348-BAMA

Projected starting lineups

Tigers

POS HT NAME PPG

G 6-2 Demontez Stitt 8.4

G 6-3 Cliff Hammonds 10.6

C 6-7 Trevor Booker 8.9

F 6-5 K.C. Rivers 16.1

F 6-9 James Mays 11.4

Crimson Tide

POS HT NAME PPG

G 6-3 Rico Pickett 5.8

G 6-6 Mykal Riley 14.3

G 6-6 Alonzo Gee 15.7

F 6-9 Richard Hendrix 19.5

F 6-7 Demetrius Johnson 6.1

Three things to watch for

Clemson’s Cliff Hammonds has 212 career three-point goals, and needs just two in Tuesday’s game to tie Will Solomon for second place in school history. Terrell McIntyre (1995-99) is Clemson’s all-time leader with 259 three-point goals in his career.

Raymond Sykes has made 70 percent of his field goal attempts (23-for-33) over Clemson’s last five games. Included in his hot shooting streak was an 8-8 performance versus Ole Miss. Sykes made 12 consecutive field goals from the end of the DePaul game through the first half of the Samford game.

Clemson held a +29 rebound margin in the win over Samford last Saturday. It was the largest differential for the Tigers since the 1988-89 team outrebounded Wagner by 30.

Key player

The Crimson Tide boast an All-American candidate in the middle in junior Richard Hendrix. He is averaging a double-double currently at 19.5 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.

Bottom line

This will be the Tigers’ last tune-up before beginning ACC play on Sunday against top-ranked North Carolina. Clemson is coming off a good performance against Samford, but needs to prove it can avoid the scoring droughts that plagued the Tigers last season. This should be a very competitive ballgame.

— Steven Bradley