Clemson University

Men's pregame: Clemson vs. Western Carolina

Western Carolina Catamounts (10-1) at Clemson Tigers (10-2)

WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson

TV: None

COACHES: WCU - Larry Hunter (569-298 in 30 seasons, 60-74 in five seasons at WCU); Clemson - Oliver Purnell (383-270 in 22 seasons, 127-79 in seven seasons at Clemson)

What to watch

Western Carolina last played on Dec. 12, as the Catamounts scored a 91-83 upset against unranked Louisville. The team's two leading scorers - senior forward Jake Robinson (12.4) and juco guard Mike Williams (10.7) - are listed as coming off the bench. WCU's strength has been defense, as opponents are shooting 38 percent, including 26 percent from 3-point range. Its only loss was a 32-point defeat at No. 2 Texas in the season's second game.

Starting lineups

WESTERN CAROLINA

G 6-2 Brigham Waginger 8.5

G 6-4 Harouna Mutombo 8.8

F 6-6 Brandon Giles 9.9

F 6-6 Kendall Russell 3.6

C 6-9 Richie Gordon 6.2

CLEMSON

PG 6-2 Demontez Stitt 9.9

G 6-5 Tanner Smith 10.8

F 6-6 Noel Johnson 5.2

PF 6-7 Trevor Booker 13.7

C 6-8 Jerai Grant 6.1

Bottom line

A victory against Louisville isn't what it was a year ago, but it offers enough credibility to make WCU stand as Clemson's toughest nonconference challenge since Illinois three weeks ago.

- Paul Strelow

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